Russia Slams 'Hypocrisy' of New Western Sanctions

US EU Canada slap sanctions on Russia over aggression against Ukraine

US EU Canada slap sanctions on Russia over aggression against Ukraine

The US has imposed sanctions targeting 6 Russian nationals, including Board Guard Service Deputy Director Medvedev, the notice from Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control stated on Friday.

"Russia's provocations in the Kerch Strait and its illegal invasion and ongoing occupation of Crimea will not go unchecked".

The EU, along with the United States and Canada, on March 15 imposed new sanctions to punish Russian Federation for its 2018 attack on three Ukrainian naval vessels as well as its annexation of Crimea and its support for separatists and other actions in eastern Ukraine.

The United States, Canada and the European Union pressed to release the sailors. It reaffirms its commitment to global law, the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine and the EU's policy of non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea.

The Russian navy captured 24 Ukrainian sailors during the clash.

Today, on March 15, it was officially announced about the freeze of the accounts and ban for the issuance of the visa to eight Russian officials.

The EU, together with Australia, Canada and the U.S., has imposed sanctions on individuals for their role in Russia's use of military force against 3 Ukrainian vessels and their crew in the Kerch Strait and Black Sea in November 2018.

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Six officials were targeted, along with six Russian defense companies, and two Russian energy and construction firms operating in Crimea.

"The United States and our transatlantic partners will not allow Russia's continued aggression against Ukraine to go unchecked", said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

In turn, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland has announced sanctions on 114 individuals and 15 entities, under the Special Economic Measures Act.

Four of the individuals are border guard or coast guard officials, singled out for their role in a November 25, 2018 naval confrontation, in which Russian ships fired on and seized three Ukrainian vessels in the narrow Kerch Strait the two countries share.

"The pretext for including our countrymen in the illegitimate sanctions list of the European Union astounds with hypocrisy and cynicism", the Russian foreign ministry said.

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

Some 13,000 people have been killed, a quarter of them civilians, and as many as 30,000 wounded in the war in eastern Ukraine since it broke out in April 2014, according to United Nations data.

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