State Department to Impose Sanctions on 11 Russian Defense Officials

US Department of State announced on Monday it will impose sanctions against 11 high-ranking representatives of the Russian defense forces and military-industrial complex amid the devastating developments in Ukraine during the full-scale military attack launched by Moscow.

Eight Russian Deputy Defense Ministers are on the list of sanctioned officials that also include Rosoboronexport CEO Alexander Mikheyev, the head of Russian Federal Service on military-technical cooperation Dmitry Shugayev, and Russian National Guard head Viktor Zolotov.

The Department pointed in its statement that it is continuing to impose severe costs on Russian defense leaders as the world watches in horror Russia perpetrating a premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified attack on Ukraine.

It informed that Russian officials are being sanctioned pursuant to E.O. 14024 Section 1(a)(i), as persons who operate or have operated in the defense and related materiel sector of the Russian Federation economy.

That means that all assets of the sanctioned people in the United States are frozen, and American individuals and corporations are prohibited from doing business with them.

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Treasury Department had issued previously last week a series of additional sanctions targeting Russian oligarchs and political and national security officials who support Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The sanction list also included corporate execs who are allies or accomplices of the Russian government – three family members of Putin’s spokesperson, Dmitriy Peskov- Russian government elites.

OFAC imposed sanctions against Viktor Vekselberg, Russian business mogul and Kremlin insider, as well as against the VTB Bank’s management board and 12 Russia’s State Duma members, including Vyacheslav Victorovich Volodin, who’s also a permanent member of the Russian Security Council.

Dozens of nations, including the UK, EU, Australia Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, have imposed economic sanctions and travel restrictions against Moscow since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine commenced on February 24.

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