United States imposes new Ukraine-related sanctions on Russian Federation

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Canada, the United States, and European Union imposed sweeping sanctions on Friday over Russia's actions against Ukraine, including its 2018 attack on Ukrainian ships, annexation of Crimea and activities in eastern Ukraine.

The European Union has officially imposed the sanctions against the citizens of Russian Federation involved in the capture of the Ukrainian sailors near Kerch Strait in November 2018 as Radio Liberty reported.

The United States has imposed fresh sanctions on Russian Federation relating to Ukraine, targeting six individuals and eight organisations, according to a statement from the US Treasury.

"The United States and our transatlantic partners will not allow Russia's continued aggression against Ukraine to go unchecked", Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was quoted as saying.

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

In one of its more pointed statements, the Parliament stressed that the European Union should stand ready to adopt further sanctions against Russian Federation, especially those targeting individuals.

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The Russian navy captured 24 Ukrainian sailors during the clash. Russian Federation seized the Ukrainian vessels and detained 24 people on board after they failed to respond to demands to stop.

"We also call on Russian Federation to respect Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, including its territorial waters". "Russia's provocations in the Kerch Strait and its illegal and ongoing occupation of Crimea will not go unchecked". We will continue to take necessary action together in response to Russia's efforts to destabilise Ukraine.

The United States additionally imposed sanctions on two Ukrainian separatists - Aleksey Naydenko and Vladimir Vysotsky - involved in organizing November elections in the breakaway east, which Washington says were a "sham".

The sanctions were slapped on six Russian defense firms, two Russian energy and construction companies operating in Crimea and few officials.

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. He claimed his net worth has dropped by $7.5bn because of the measures.

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