UA Ambassador reports expanded US sanctions against Russia's defense industries

Oksana Markarova
Oksana Markarova

The United States has rolled out a fresh package of sanctions targeting Russia's military-industrial complex, its chemical and biological weapons programs, and various third-party entities assisting Moscow in acquiring weapons resources.

Ukraine's Ambassador to the United States, Oksana Markarova, reported the news on Facebook on May 1, calling the new package "powerful."

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According to the U.S. Treasury Department, the sanctions impact approximately 280 entities, with nearly 200 of these entities listed by the Treasury and about 80 by the State Department. These entities span multiple jurisdictions including Azerbaijan, Belgium, China, Russia, Slovakia, Turkey, and the UAE, all identified as contributors to Russia’s military capabilities.

Specific targets include:

  • Five companies within the equipment supply network for Russian drone production, such as Tulun International and Ultran EK.

  • Nine entities tied to the supply network of components for the sanctioned Russian company Radioavtomatika LLC.

  • Seven entities within the Chinese electronics supply chain to Russia, including Wuhan Global Sensor Technology and Chengdu Keylink Wireless Technology.

  • Companies involved in Belgium and Turkey’s machine tool procurement network.

  • Firms from the electronics procurement network in Hong Kong, Slovakia, and the UAE.

  • Six companies offering intermediary services for Russia's international purchases of sanctioned products.

  • Executives and companies related to previously sanctioned Russian entities, including the CEO of TK Logimeks.

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The sanctions also address over 100 entities across Russia’s technology, defense, manufacturing, and transportation sectors. Additionally, they target organizations involved in Russia’s chemical and biological weapons development programs and those supporting Russia’s energy projects, like Arctic LNG 2.

The State Department cited Russia’s use of the chemical weapon chloropicrin against Ukrainian forces as a violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention. Moreover, the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking to confiscate landing gear for a Boeing 737-800, intercepted in Miami, intended for a Kyrgyz intermediary that violated U.S. sanctions.

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This robust sanctioning effort follows a previous set announced by President Joe Biden on February 23, which introduced over 500 new restrictions in response to Russia's aggressive actions against Ukraine and the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

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