U.S., EU Impose New Sanctions On Russia Over Ukraine

Sergio Conner
March 16, 2019

The U.S. Treasury sanctions also target six Russian defense firms operating in Crimea, the statement said, "several of which misappropriated Ukrainian state assets to provide services to the Russian military" during its 2014 annexation of Crimea.

The United States, the European Union (EU) and Canada imposed new sanctions on Russian Federation over its continued aggression against Ukraine.

We, with our worldwide partners, stand with Ukraine in opposing Russia's ongoing efforts to undermine Ukrainian security, sovereignty and territorial integrity. The United States, Canada and the European Union pressed to release the sailors. Russian Federation seized the Ukrainian vessels and detained 24 people on board after they failed to respond to demands to stop.

"Canada and its allies are unwavering in our support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity", Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said.

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", he added.

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The officials sanctioned include the head and deputy head of the border directorate of Russian federal security service for the Republic of Crimea and City of Sevastopol, three commanding officers of Russian border patrol boats and an anti-submarine ship which actively participated in actions that prevented Ukrainian vessels from accessing their coastline on the Sea of Azov, two heads of service of Russian control points, and a Russian armed forces commander responsible for military forces in the region, including the illegally annexed Crimea and Sevastopol. We will continue to take necessary action together in response to Russia's efforts to destabilise Ukraine.

Among them are Russian shipbuilding giant Zelenodolsk, the hydroacoustic equipment producer Okeanpribor, a diesel engine supplier to the Russian military, Zvezda, and an electronic parts supplier to the military, Fiolent.

The Treasury also imposed sanctions on two Ukrainian separatists for backing "illegitimate separatist government elections" in eastern Ukraine, Treasury said.

"I have spent 30 years of my life building companies that are major players in the global economy, and will not let that hard work - along with millions of jobs and individual livelihoods - be destroyed by political scheming", he said in the statement sent by his spokeswoman.

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