By Alex Glenn • 21 April 2022 • 14:47
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss announced a new wave of 26 sanctions on April 21. Truss commented: “The depravity of Russia’s assault on the people of Ukraine is plain for all to see. They are deliberately targeting hospitals, schools, and transport hubs in Mariupol and beyond – just as they did in Chechnya and Syria.
“The UK is unyielding in our support for Ukraine and in holding Putin and his regime to account. Today’s new wave of sanctions hits the generals and defence companies that have blood on their hands.”
According to the government: “Since 10 March 2022, Russian bombers have repeatedly dropped munitions on civilian infrastructure, including civil government buildings, hospitals, schools and transportation nodes. The UK government’s conclusion is that this is intentional targeting based on the types of civilian targets struck, frequency of strikes, volume of munitions and the repeated targeting of the same locations on consecutive days.”
The new sanctions will target the following key leaders in Russia’s army: Lt Colonel Azatbek Omurbekov – a Commanding Officer in the Russian Army with involvement in the ‘Bucha massacre’, Colonel General Andrey Serdyukov – Commander of Airborne Forces, Major General Valery Flyustikov – Commander of Special Operations Forces and Colonel General Nikolay Bogdanovsky – First Deputy Chief of the General Staff.
The government added that the latest round of sanctions also targets: “individuals outside of Putin’s military who are actively supporting his illegal invasion of Ukraine. These include Oleg Belozyorov, the CEO and Chairman of vital logistics company Russian Railways, and Ilya Kiva, the defecting and expelled Ukrainian MP who has publicly supported Russia’s actions in Ukraine.”
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Originally from the UK, Alex is based in Almeria and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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