Ukraine crisis: US imposing new sanctions on 22 Russian ‘defense-related entities’

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Washington (US): Amid Russia’s ongoing military operations in Ukraine, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has announced a new round of sanctions on Russia, targeting 22 Russian “defense-related entities”.

The entities that will be sanctioned include “companies that make combat aircraft, infantry fighting vehicles, missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, electronic warfare systems… the very systems now being used to assault the Ukrainian people, abuse human rights, violate international humanitarian law,” Blinken said, CNN reported.

Blinken also announced export controls on Belarus “to hold the Lukashenko regime accountable for being a co-belligerent in President Putin’s war of choice.”

He said, “We will choke off Belarus’s ability to import key technologies. And if Lukashenko’s support for the war continues, the consequences for his regime will escalate.”

first published:March 3, 2022, 2:10 a.m.

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