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Britain ramps up sanctions against Russia as east Ukraine's breakaway leaders are targeted

Britain ramps up sanctions against Russia as east Ukraine's breakaway leaders are targeted

Britain today imposed sanctions on a further 200 people in fresh action over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and after ‘horrific’ rocket attacks on civilians in the east of the country.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has targeted the latest round of British sanctions against the self-proclaimed leaders of Kremlin-backed breakaway regions in the Donbas region of southeastern Ukraine.

Penalties have been imposed on those who support the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, as well as other relatives of Russian oligarchs and Vladimir Putin’s allies.

Both Alexander Ananchenko and Sergey Kozlov, the self-proclaimed prime minister and chairman of the government of the illegal breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, have been subject to sanctions in the latest move.

Pavel Ezubov, the cousin of billionaire oligarch Oleg Deripraska; Ngina Zairova, executive assistant to Mikhail Fridman, the owner of one of Russia’s largest private banks; and Gulbakhor Ismailova, the sister of former Arsenal Football Club shareholder Alisher Usmanov, have also been targeted.

And the action extends to other parts of Putin’s close circle of allies, such as Maria Lavrova, wife of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who has been subject to a travel ban and asset freeze.

His daughter, Yekaterina Vinokurova, has already been sanctioned.

Lavrov, who has a reputation for being Putin’s attack dog and who had a dramatic clash with Ms. Truss in Moscow prior to the Russian invasion, is also said to have a “second family” with his alleged mistress.

Russia sparked further international outrage over its atrocities in Ukraine last week when more than 50 people died in a rocket attack in Kramatorsk

Russia sparked further international outrage over its atrocities in Ukraine last week when more than 50 people died in a rocket attack in Kramatorsk

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has seen his wife targeted by the latest British sanctions.  She has been given a travel ban and an asset freeze

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has seen his wife targeted by the latest British sanctions. She has been given a travel ban and an asset freeze

Today’s action against 178 people has been coordinated with the EU, but a further 28 people have also been individually sanctioned by the UK.

Britain has now imposed sanctions on more than 1,400 individuals and businesses since the Russian president launched his brutal attack on his country’s neighbour.

This includes over 100 oligarchs and their relatives.

The government will also confirm new laws tomorrow to ban the import of Russian iron and steel products, as well as the export of British quantum technologies, advanced materials and luxury goods to Russia.

The Donbas area covers much of Ukraine’s Luhansk and Donetsk regions and has been the scene of conflict between Ukrainian forces and Kremlin-backed rebels since 2014.

Foreign Minister Liz Truss condemned 'horrific' rocket attacks on civilians in eastern Ukraine as she announced final sanctions

Foreign Minister Liz Truss condemned ‘horrific’ rocket attacks on civilians in eastern Ukraine as she announced final sanctions

Russia sparked further international outrage over its atrocities in Ukraine last week when more than 50 people died in a rocket attack in Kramatorsk, a city in the northern part of the Donetsk region.

Children were among those killed when the weapon was struck while thousands of people waited for evacuation trains.

Ms Truss said: ‘In the wake of horrific rocket attacks on civilians in eastern Ukraine, today we are punishing those who support illegal breakaway regions and are complicit in atrocities against the Ukrainian people.

We will continue to target everyone who aids and encourages Putin’s war.

“From tomorrow, we will ban the import of Russian iron and steel, as well as the export of quantum technologies and advanced materials that Putin desperately needs.

“We will not rest in our mission to stop Putin’s war machine.”

Government analyzes show that Russia is heading for the deepest recession since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

About 60% of the country’s foreign exchange reserves, worth £275 billion, are currently frozen.

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