US, Canada Expand Anti-Russia Sanctions Over Ukraine

Cheryl Sanders
March 16, 2019

In their resolution, the European Parliament was also unequivocal in its call for the adoption of a European "Magnitsky Act" similar to the legislation adopted by the United States in 2012 and meant to punish Russian officials responsible for the death of Russian tax accountant Sergei Magnitsky in a Moscow prison in 2009.

Last November, the Russian navy captured 24 Ukrainian sailors and their vessels in the Kerch Strait, which links the Black and Azov seas.

"Ukraine's Autonomous Republic of Crimea was annexed by the Russian Federation, in violation of global law, based on an illegitimate referendum held five years ago today", according to a statement.

The United States, in coordination with the European Union and Canada, Friday slapped new sanctions on more than a dozen officials and businesses in response to Russia's "continued aggression in Ukraine". It reaffirms its commitment to worldwide law, the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine and the EU's policy of non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea. Russian Federation seized the Ukrainian vessels and detained 24 people on board after they failed to respond to demands to stop.

The EU action announced on March 15 targeted eight Russian officers for their involvement in the November incident.

"The United States and our transatlantic partners will not allow Russia's continued aggression against Ukraine to go unchecked", said Steve Mnuchin, the USA treasury secretary.

Russia responded by occupying Ukraine's southern Crimean Peninsula and helping separatists in eastern Ukrainian provinces close to the Russian border begin a violent rebellion.

Six Russian defense firms with operations in Crimea were targeted for misappropriating Ukrainian state assets to provide services to the Russian military during the annexation, it said.

Six Russian officials, six defense firms and two energy and construction firms were targeted, either over the seizure of Ukrainian vessels in the Kerch Straight, or for their activities in Russian-annexed Crimea or separatist eastern Ukraine, a US Treasury statement said.

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

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 standoff.

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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