US, EU, Canada slap sanctions on Russian Federation over aggression against Ukraine

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 16, 2019

The United States has imposed fresh sanctions on Russian Federation relating to Ukraine, targeting six individuals and eight organisations, according to a statement from the US Treasury.

Canada imposed sanctions on 114 people and 15 entities in response to Russia's military action against the Ukrainian ships, while the European Union sanctioned eight more Russians over the stand-off.

The bill, which has applied globally since 2016, authorises the U.S. government to sanction those who it sees as human rights offenders, freeze their assets, and ban them from entering the United States.

We, with our global partners, stand with Ukraine in opposing Russia's ongoing efforts to undermine Ukrainian security, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The Russian navy captured 24 Ukrainian sailors during the clash. Thus, the sanctions were imposed against Head of "Border Unit of Crimean and Sevastopol FSB Rear Admiral Sergey Stankevich, his deputy Andrey Shein, Commander of troops of Southern Military district Alexandr Dvornikov, commanders Alexey Salaev and Andrey Shipitsyn, participating in the seizure of the vessels, commander of anti-submarine warfare ship Suzdalets Sergey Shcherbakov and two heads of the FSB control points Ruslan Romashkin and Alexey Shatokhin".

Russian Federation must immediately release the 24 detained servicemen and return the seized vessels.

The European Union, Canada and the United States slapped new sanctions on a number of Russian individuals and entities on Friday for their involvement in a naval standoff in the Kerch Strait in November 2018. A statement released by Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland read: "Canada and its allies are unwavering in our support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity".

The UK has consistently stood with Ukraine in opposing this attack and all instances of Russian aggression towards Ukraine, including Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea five years ago.

"We also call on Russian Federation to respect Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, including its territorial waters". We will continue to take necessary action together in response to Russia's efforts to destabilise Ukraine.

The six defense firms operating in Crimea were targeted for misappropriating Ukrainian state assets to provide services to the Russian military during the 2014 annexation, it said. They are still in Russian detention.

The billionaire was slapped with sanctions in April a year ago, which targeted tycoons with close ties to the Kremlin. He claimed his net worth has dropped by $7.5bn because of the measures.

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