US Announces $600 Million in Military Aid to Ukraine | War in Ukraine

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US announces $600 million military aid to Ukraine | War in Ukraine

Washington also announced a new round of sanctions against Russian companies and personalities.

Remains of armored vehicles in the streets of Balaklia, near Kharkiv, where the Ukrainian armed forces entered on September 10.

The White House has approved a new round of military aid to Ukraine that could amount to up to US$600 million, according to a statement released Thursday.

This assistance consists of equipment and services, but also training, according to the American executive, which does not give more details, in particular on armaments provided.

Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the United States has already provided over $15 billion in military aid to Ukraine.

This new American announcement comes at a time when the Ukrainian army has been leading a vast counter-offensive since the beginning of September.

Washington also announced a new salvo of sanctions on Thursday targeting a long list of tech companies and Russian officials, including bankers, a neo-Nazi paramilitary group and a close associate of President Vladimir Putin, accused of having coordinated the displacement. forced Ukrainian children.

“The United States will continue to take strong action to hold Russia to account for its war crimes, atrocities and aggression in Ukraine .

—Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen

Some 22 officials and entities are blacklisted by the United States, including relatives of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, himself already sanctioned, as well as senior officials of the Russian banking system, including Vladimir Komlev, who heads the system. of payment Mir.

At the same time, the Treasury and Commerce Departments ban all exports to Russia and Belarus of computer materials in a bid, according to the Treasury, to impede reconstruction efforts by the Russian military, which suffered, according to the Americans, heavy losses in its war against Ukraine launched on February 24.

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The US State Department has also announced sanctions against 31 companies present in particular in the Russian space sector, such as the construction of satellites, but also in the technologies of cutting-edge, such as those involved in semiconductor manufacturing or quantum computing.

Five Russian officials accused of allowing Russia to steal Ukrainian grain have also been blacklisted by the United States.

The Russian army fires artillery into Ukrainian territory, according to this image provided by the Russian Defense Ministry, August 25, 2022.

Department sanctions of the Treasury are also targeting a close associate of the Russian president, Maria Lvova-Belova, who heads the Russian Presidential Commission for the Rights of Children, and who is accused of having coordinated the forced displacement to Russia of thousands of children. Ukrainian children, the statement said.

These sanctions also concern members of the family of the leader of the Russian Republic of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, including his wives and daughters. Presented as the henchman of the Russian president, Ramzan Kadyrov has accumulated extreme wealth with a house in the Emirates, a private zoo, luxury vehicles and a large illicit fund, according to the text.

Finally, the United States is targeting Task Force Rusich, a neo-Nazi paramilitary group associated with the Wagner Group, accused of taking part in combat alongside Russian troops in Ukraine, particularly near the city of Kharkiv.

The Wagner Group is reputed to be linked to Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigojine, himself considered close to the Russian president.

The leader of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov

Those who were named today, from perpetrators of violence to an official who facilitated the intentional removal of children from Ukraine, offer an example of behaviors reflecting the Russian government's unjustified war, underlined the head of diplomacy American Antony Blinken.

These sanctions have the effect of freezing any assets of the designated persons and limiting their financial transactions as well as, more generally, their access to international financial markets.

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