The British government expanded the list of trade sanctions, and banned the import of silver, wood products, and caviar.
The administration, led by Boris Johnson, has also increased tariffs by 35 percentage points on some products from Russia and Moscow’s ally, Belarus. Especially diamonds and rubber.
London claims to have sanctioned, since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, more than 1,400 people and companies linked to the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
This new wave of sanctions is also targeting “those who have Ukrainian blood on their hands, including the commander of the unit that occupied Bucha and other individuals and companies supporting Putin’s army,” British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss highlighted on Twitter. .
In all, these new sanctions targeted 26 people, including Lieutenant-Colonel Izbek Omorbekov, the man blamed for the Bosha massacre.
British officials say a so-called “Butcher” led forces to occupy the city on the outskirts of Kyiv where Ukrainian and Western authorities allege war crimes and the killing of civilians, killing an estimated 350 people.
Omorbekov and several others are subject to travel bans and asset freezes.
British authorities have also expanded the sanctions list to include individuals and companies supporting the Russian invasion of Ukraine, including Oleg Belozorov, head of the Russian Railways Logistics Corporation, and Russian arms suppliers and manufacturers such as Kalashnikov Concern.
This group also includes Ilya Kiva, a Ukrainian MP who was expelled for his pro-Russian stances and who questioned Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence by supporting the Russian invasion of the neighboring country.
In today’s package, there are an additional 19 individuals and entities subject to sanctions, bringing the UK’s list in line with the other countries in the Group of Seven (the world’s seven largest economies) and the European Union (EU).
Russia launched a military attack on Ukraine on February 24 that killed more than 2,000 civilians, according to United Nations data, which warns that the real number is likely to be much higher.
The military offensive has already caused more than 12 million people to flee, more than 5 million of whom are outside the country, according to the latest United Nations data – the worst refugee crisis in Europe since World War II (1939-1945).