Last week the Federal government announced sanctions against six Russian individuals and eight entities it says are involved in various acts of aggression against the people of Ukraine.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said on Friday that it has come together with the governments of Canada and the European Union to arrive at a joint action against the parties, which OFAC says was done to emphasize the respective governments’ disdain for Russia’s behavior abroad and especially in Ukraine.
Last week’s sanctions targeted parties that were involved in an attack on a trio of Ukrainian ships navigating in the Kerch Strait last November, in which Russian authorities opened fire on the Ukrainian ships, seized them, and took captive the crews, which continue to be detained in contravention of international law. Three of the individuals sanctioned last week include the Deputy Director of the Border Guard Service of Russia’s Federal Security Service, the Head of the Border Directorate of Russia’s Federal Security Service, the Deputy Head of the Border Directorate and Head of the Coast Guard Unit of Russia’s Federal Security Service, and the Head of the Service Command Point of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation for the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol.
In addition to those allegedly involved in the Kerch Strait attack, OFAC designated six defense firms it says operate in Crimea and have misappropriated assets belonging to the Ukrainian government. Four of the entities designated do not operate facilities in Ukraine, but are actively involved in producing warships used against that country, while two others are based in Crimea but were seized illegally by the Russian government.
Finally, two Ukrainian separatists were designated in last week’s action for their activities in the Donetsk People’s Republic. Per OFAC, the elections in which the duo participated are in direct opposition to Russia’s promises under the Minsk agreement.
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