The Department of State and the Department of Treasury added more than 120 entities and individuals across more than 20 countries to the sanctions list because of their connection to the war against Ukraine waged by Russia.
The news was reported by Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken.
"Today, the Department of State and the Department of Treasury are imposing sanctions on more than 120 entities and individuals across more than 20 countries and jurisdictions in connection with the Russian Federation’s unlawful and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, including facilitators of sanctions evasion," says the Blinken’s message posted on Wednesday on the official website of the United States Government.
According to Blinken, the coordinated actions by the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom "are targeting sanctions evasion network supporting one of Russia’s wealthiest billionaires, Alisher Usmanov, who was sanctioned by the United States last year. In addition to the Usmanov-linked evasion network we are also targeting USM Holding, the primary entity through which Usmanov owns and controls the majority of his companies."
In addition, according to Blinken, the Department of State is sanctioning two Russian entities that support Russia’s efforts to undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine through the militarization and indoctrination of schoolchildren. These are the All Russian Children’s and Youth Military Patriotic Public Movement Youth Army and the State Budgetary Educational Institution of Additional Education of the Republic of Crimea Crimea Patriot Center.
Blinken noted that today’s decisions also included several entities operating in the defense sector of Russia’s economy and entities supporting Russia’s war against Ukraine, "including a new Russian private military company and a People’s Republic of China (PRC) based firm that has provided satellite imagery of locations in Ukraine to entities affiliated with the Wagner private military company that is fighting in Ukraine."
In addition, Blinken said, persons associated with the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation, Rosatom, were designated. "Russia uses energy exports, including in the nuclear sector, to exert political and economic pressure on its customers globally," the State Secretary said.
"The United States will continue to take action against Russia and those supporting its war in Ukraine, including further implementing the G7’s commitment to impose severe consequences on third country actors who support Russia’s war in Ukraine," Blinken summarized.