16.Jun .2022 20:00

UK sanctions Russian linked to forced transfers and adoptions

UK sanctions Russian linked to forced transfers and adoptions
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The UK has today announced a new wave of sanctions for the barbaric treatment of children in Ukraine.

The measures include the sanctioning of Russian Children’s Rights Commissioner Maria Lvova-Belova for her alleged involvement in the forced transfer and adoption of Ukrainian children, reads an official statement of UK government.

Lvova-Belova has been accused of enabling 2,000 vulnerable children being violently taken from the Luhansk and Donetsk regions and orchestrating a new policy to facilitate their forced adoptions in Russia.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said: "today we are targeting the enablers and perpetrators of Putin’s war who have brought untold suffering to Ukraine, including the forced transfer and adoption of children.

We will not tire of defending freedom and democracy, and keeping up the pressure on Putin, until Ukraine succeeds.

Putin’s allies continue to choose to turn a blind eye to alleged war crimes and support his bloody offensive."

Today’s sanctions also hit: Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, sanctioned for his support and endorsement of Putin’s war;
Sergey Savostyanov, the deputy of the Moscow city Duma and member of Putin’s political elite, sanctioned for publicly supporting Putin’s war in Ukraine;
Alexey Isaykin, President and Board Member of Volga-Dnepr Group, a Russian transport company with significant air operations that is contracted by the Russian Government to create air bridges that carry critical goods;
Four Military Colonels from the 64th Separate Motorised Rifle Brigade, a unit known to have killed, raped, and tortured civilians in Bucha, have also been sanctioned for the Brigade’s role in Ukraine.

Members of the so-called ‘Salvation Committee for Peace and Order’ - an organisation collaborating with the Russian army to support the occupation of the Kherson Oblast, have also been sanctioned.

According to the statement, "Putin’s aggression reaches beyond Ukraine, with Russian exports fuelling conflict across the globe. New sanctions today hit organisations responsible for supplying aircraft parts to the Myanmar Armed Forces."

"These new sanctions will limit Myanmar’s military Junta – who are heavily reliant on Russian air assets – and cut Putin off from profiting from sales that fund his war machine. This comes after Amnesty International’s report ‘Bullets Rained from the Sky’ - exposing the role of Russian arms in Myanmar," reads an announcement.