Illustration photo – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at a press conference in Kyiv on the anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, February 24, 2023.
Kyiv – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced further sanctions against Russia and its allies Iran and Syria. They concern a total of 400 individuals and companies, including those responsible for the supply of Iranian Shahid drones to Russia. The Ukrainian president announced this in his regular evening video speech on Saturday.
“The Ukrainian sanctions are part of the global pressure on Russia,” 45-year-old Zelenskyi said in a speech. Iranian drones are used by the Russian army in an offensive war against Ukraine, he recalled. According to the DPA agency, the new sanctions seem to have a mainly symbolic meaning, since most of the subjects in question do not do business with Kyiv.
In his message, Zelenskyy attributed co-responsibility for the start of the war in Ukraine to the passivity of the world community in Syria a few years ago, when, according to him, Russian President Vladimir Putin kept Syrian President Bashar Assad in power with his bombs. “The people of Syria did not receive adequate international protection, and this gave the Kremlin and its accomplices a sense of impunity,” Zelenskyy said.
According to the TASS agency, Ukrainian sanctions target Assad, among other things, by freezing assets. Sanctions were imposed on 300 individuals and 141 legal entities; mostly Russian citizens, but the sanctions list also includes Syrian Prime Minister Hussein Arnús, Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad, and a number of Iranian citizens and several Iranian companies.
Among the sanctioned entities are Russian research and manufacturing firms, including shipbuilding, and companies in the aviation industry. Specifically, it concerns, for example, the Kalashnikov and Almaz-Antej concerns and the Ural company. Sanctions for the entities in question include freezing assets, restricting trade or banning their participation in privatization in Ukraine.