Britain’s new Russian sanctions target banks, defense industry, and alleged Zelensky assassins

Banks, strategic industries and mercenary groups that attempted to assassinate Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky have reportedly become new targets for British Russian sanctions.

Bringing NATO leaders to strengthen support for Ukraine in Brussels on Thursday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sanctions 65 Russian, Ukrainian and Belarus individuals and groups, and new support, including 6,000 missiles. Announced the package.

The British government has said it has sanctioned more than 1,000 individuals and businesses under the Russian government since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began. Among them, 790 individuals and 39 groups were not previously on the UK sanctions list.

According to the Foreign, Commonwealth Development (FCDO) of the United Kingdom, new sanctions, including 33 individuals, 26 Russian entities and 6 Belarusian entities, target strategic industries, banks and business elites. increase.

The FCDO was approved on Thursday by the Wagner Group, “Organization. [of] Russian mercenaries were reportedly tasked with assassinating President Zelensky. “

This group is widely regarded as a private army of Russian President Vladimir Putin and carries out Putin’s assassination order, giving the plausible deniability denied by the Kremlin.

Russian Railways has also been targeted by defense companies, including Kronstadt, which “supports the illegal invasion of Russia” and states that the FCDO is the main producer of Russian drones.

Others on the list include the state-owned shipping company Sovcomflot. Alrosa, the world’s largest producer of diamonds with an estimated market value of $ 6.61 billion. FCDO said Polina Kovaleva is the stepdaughter of Russian Foreign Minister Sergeĭ Viklov.

According to FCDO, she owns £ 4m ($ 5.28) of real estate in London and lives in the Kensington district, famous for its parks, luxury stores and museums.

Records show that she bought it in 2016 without a mortgage.

Ukrainian citizen Galina Danylchenko has also been licensed as “the” acting mayor “of Melitopol’s establishment by Russia,” the British government said. As part of our efforts to normalize and provide legitimacy to Melitopol’s, we are taking action to support and support the Russian occupation of Melitopol’s. “

This is the first time an individual has been licensed to work with the Russian army currently in Ukraine.

Britain and other Western nations use sanctions to cripple the Russian economy, punish President Vladimir Putin for invading Ukraine, and special military to demilitarize and “demilitarize” Ukraine We are trying to put pressure on us to abandon the operation.

Kyiv and its allies call the invasion of 44 million democracies an unfounded excuse.

When Johnson announced a new package of support and sanctions, Russia’s state-owned RIA news agency said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the British Prime Minister was “most active in the anti-Russian competition. “He said.

Downing Street denied the Kremlin’s accusations, saying the Prime Minister was against the Putin administration rather than the Russian people.

“The Prime Minister is one of the most active anti-Putin leaders,” said an official Johnson spokesman.

“We have no problem with the Russian people. In fact, we have seen many brave protests, especially. [jailed opposition leader] Alexei Navalny — Opposes the Putin administration and calls on them to end the war. “

Reuters contributed to this report.

Lily Chow


Lily Zhou is a freelance writer who mainly covers the British news of The Epoch Times.