US imposes new sanctions on Russia for Crimea, rights abuses

The Russian flag flies over the Embassy of Russia in Washington, U.S., August 6, 2018. REUTERS / Brian Snyder

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on two Ukrainians, one Russian and nine entities in Ukraine and Russia, for Moscow's annexation of Crimea and related human rights abuses, the U.S. Treasury said.

One of the sanctioned entities – the Limited Liability Company Southern Project – was linked to Bank Rossiya and Russian businessman Yuri Kovulchuk, the Treasury said in a statement.

"Treasury remains committed to targeting", "Sigal Mandelker," a secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a statement.

The sanctions aim to further punish Moscow for its 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula and its support for pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Critics of President Donald Trump have been accused of being soft on Russia and there is a bipartisan push in Congress to impose more sanctions on Moscow, including for its meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. Russia has denied any involvement.

Among those blacklisted is Andriy Sushko, an officer of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB). The Treasury Department said he was tortured while being held.

The sanctions also target companies that the Treasury said benefited from the annexation of Crimea. Snambank, on the South Shore of the Crimea in the city of Yalta, the department said.

Also blacklisted is the Ministry of State's self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic, the Treasury said.

Reporting by Tim Ahmann, Makini Brice and Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Mohammad Zargham and Tom Brown

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