Ukrainian War: Captured Oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk Among 206 Others Sanctioned by UK | Political news


Britain has sanctioned 206 others for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, including a fugitive oligarch who has just been arrested by Ukrainian intelligence.

Viktor Medvedchuka Ukrainian with links to Vladimir Putin, is subject to a travel ban and an assets freeze, the British government has announced.

Others on the sanctions list include: Maria Lavrova, wife of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov; Nigina Zairova, executive assistant to the oligarch Mikhail Fridman; and Alexander Shulgin, boss of Russia’s leading e-commerce platform Ozon.

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The list includes 178 people targeted in coordination with the EU because of their role in supporting illegal breakaway regions of Ukraine – including Alexander Ananchenko and Sergey Kozlov, self-declared prime minister and chairman of the government of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.

It follows reports last week that Russia was “barbarically targeting civilians in these areas”, the government said – including a strike on a crowded train station in Kramatorsk that left more than 50 people dead.

The UK said Mr Medvedchuk had already been identified by the US as a ‘possible Kremlin puppet leader in Ukraine’ and that Washington had previously sanctioned him in connection with Russia’s 2014 invasion of Crimea. .

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Mr Medvedchuk, a former leader of a pro-Russian opposition party in Ukraine, was placed under house arrest last year but fled soon after the invasion and was on the run for 48 days.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said after his capture that he wanted to offer him to Russia in exchange for Ukrainian prisoners.

Since Mr Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, Britain has sanctioned more than 1,400 people and companies, including more than 100 oligarchs and their family members.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said: “Following the horrific rocket attacks on civilians in eastern Ukraine, we are today sanctioning those who support illegal breakaway regions and are complicit in atrocities against the Ukrainian people.

“We will continue to target anyone who aids and abets Putin’s war.”

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