The US has announced sanctions against hundreds of Russians, including ministers and governors

The US has announced sanctions against hundreds of Russians, including ministers and governors

US announced sanctions against hundreds of Russians, including ministers and governors

View of the Moscow Kremlin – illustrative photo.

Washington – The United States today announced new sanctions against dozens of companies and hundreds of individuals in connection with Russia's year-long war against Ukraine. The measures by the Treasury and Commerce departments target entities in Russia and elsewhere that support Russia's ability to wage war or help circumvent earlier anti-Russian sanctions. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in turn, is targeting hundreds of Russians, including nine members of the government, governors of Russian regions and members of the armed forces.

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Economic sanctions implemented in cooperation with partners from the G7 group of economically powerful countries aim to punish 250 people and companies, the AP agency writes with reference to the Ministry of Finance. Among other things, the targets are the mining and processing of metals in Russia, as well as banks or technology companies connected to the production of weapons. “The move … targets actors suspected of evading sanctions from countries ranging from the United Arab Emirates to Switzerland,” AP reports.

The new US Commerce Department sanctions list includes nearly 90 entities from the Middle East, Europe and Asia . “The sanctions apply to other entities connected to Russia's defense and technology industries, including those that supply Russia with previously banned goods or enable the circumvention of previously imposed sanctions,” the White House said in a statement.

President Joe Biden's office subsequently announced a 200 percent tariff on imports of aluminum and derived products from Russia, effective March 10. At the same time, a massive increase in tariffs on Russian products exported to the United States was expected, specifically over a hundred Russian metals, minerals and chemical products worth 2.8 billion dollars (about 62.5 billion crowns) per year.

Meanwhile, the US State Department has added nine Russian ministers to its sanctions list, including Energy Minister Nikolai Shulginov or Culture Minister Olga Lyubimova, dozens of regional leaders or propagandist Olga Skabeyeva. According to the US sanctions regime, the person in question loses all assets in the US. Washington also announced visa restrictions against more than 1,200 members of the Russian military.

Britain also imposed additional sanctions on the anniversary of the invasion of Russian troops into Ukraine, including banning the export of all items used by Russia on the battlefield and the possible introduction of new Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida also hinted at sanctions against Russia by the G7 group of countries today.

The United States also announced today additional military aid to Ukraine worth two billion dollars (about 44.63 billion crowns). Today, Biden also had a meeting with the other leaders of the G7 countries and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyi on what further assistance the G7 could provide to the attacked country.

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said on the occasion of today's one-year anniversary of the Russian invasion , that the USA has so far provided Ukraine with military aid worth 32 billion dollars (about 714.6 billion crowns), writes Reuters.