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US sanctions Russia if Putin annexes parts of Ukraine

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The Biden administration hit the Kremlin on Friday with another round of sanctions, hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of four Ukrainian provinces in a boisterous, raging speech.

The sanctions were designed to impose “quick and heavy charges” on Moscow for its “fraudulent and illegal annexation” of Ukrainian territory, the White House said.

“Make no mistake: these actions have no legitimacy,” President Biden said of Russia’s land grab. “The United States will always respect Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders.”

“In response to the false claims of annexation of Russia, the United States, along with our Allies and partners, are today announcing new sanctions,” Biden continued. “These sanctions will incur costs for individuals and entities – inside and outside Russia – that provide political or economic support to illegal attempts to change the status of Ukrainian territory.”

The sanctions target the Russian government and military officials, as well as military officials in neighboring Belarus.

The penalty also affects 14 international companies identified as part of the Russian military’s supply chain.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Kremlin to hold fake referendums in Ukrainian provinces.
Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

The measures targeted the Russian economy and punished Elvira Sakhipzadovna Nabiullina, the head of the Russian central bank, and her deputy, longtime Putin adviser Olga Nikolaevna Skorobogatova.

The US Treasury and State Department also announced sanctions against family members of members of the Russian Security Council, including the wife and adult children of Defense Secretary Sergei Shoigu – who has been directly affected by previous rounds of sanctions.

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