UK imposes sanctions against pro-Russian blogger Graham Phillips

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UK has imposed sanctions against pro-Russian blogger Graham Phillips

The document states that the Briton faces a freeze on all assets for propaganda that threatens the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

British citizen Graham Phillips, who maintains video blogs with pro-Kremlin materials from Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine, has been added to the UK government's sanctions list. The corresponding document is published on the website of the British government.

Having been included in the list, the blogger faces freezing of all assets.

“Graham Phillips is a video blogger who created and published media content that supports and promotes actions and policies that destabilize Ukraine and undermine or threaten its territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence,” the document says.

The publication The Guardian writes that Phillips is the first British citizen to be on the government's sanctions list. With the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine, the Briton consistently adheres to the Russian line regarding the war, claiming that Ukraine is controlled by the Nazis, and that the massacre of Ukrainians in Bucha was staged.

Journalists note that Phillips drew condemnation from Prime Minister Boris Johnson in April after he interviewed British soldier Aiden Aslin, who was captured by Russian soldiers during the siege of Mariupol.

In comments to the amended sanctions list, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said that the country's government would continue to impose tough sanctions against those who are trying to legitimize the invasion of Putin's army in Ukraine.

Graham Phillips' activities in Ukraine

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According to the publication, the Briton came to Ukraine in 2014 as a football fan of the England team. At the age of 30, he quit his job at the now defunct UK Government Information Office and moved permanently to Ukraine, where he became a journalist again.

His YouTube channel has 264,000 subscribers, and despite calls some politicians to remove his channel, YouTube still refuses to do so.

In July 2014, he was banned from entering Ukraine, but he managed to illegally enter the occupied territories, where he worked closely with the Russian media.< /p>

In December 2016, a video appeared where Phillips insulted the seriously wounded Ukrainian Volodymyr Zhemchugov, who was released from the captivity of militants, who blew up on a mine and lost both hands. The Briton tried to find out why Zhemchugov came to Donbass and then said: “Who needs you now, armless?”

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