SANCTIONS: US Denounces Wagner Group a Transnational Criminal Organisation – Analysis
By: GEO´IntelDesk & GEO´Newsdesk Teams – Gibraltar
Geopolitical Intelligence Network
In a concerted effort to degrade the Russian Federation’s capacity to wage war against Ukraine the US Treasury has sanctioned the US has sanctioned a Chinese company – Changsha Tianyi Space Science and Technology Research Institute also known as Spacety China and has offices in Beijing and Luxembourg.
Spacety China had provided Terra Tech, a Russia-based technology firm, with synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite images of locations in Ukraine, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said in a statement on Thursday.
The Sanctions were issued against Spacety China and a further 16 entities, eight individuals and four aircraft for allegedly providing satellite imagery of Ukraine to support the mercenary Wagner Group’s combat operations.
The sanctions target the infrastructure that supports battlefield operations in Ukraine, including producers of Russia’s weapons and those administering Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine. Notably, today’s actions include the designation of persons that support Russian defense-related entities.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is taking additional actions: “As sanctions and export controls on Russia from our international coalition continue to bite, the Kremlin is desperately searching for arms and support – including through the brutal Wagner Group – to continue its unjust war against Ukraine,” said Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen. “Today’s expanded sanctions on Wagner, as well as new sanctions on their associates and other companies enabling the Russian military complex, will further impede Putin’s ability to arm and equip his war machine.”
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