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The United States has designated the Wagner Group as a “Traditional Criminal Organization”.

The US State and Treasury departments on Thursday expanded a sanctions package against the Wagner military group – recently designated for operating under Russian orders in Ukraine – officially designating it as “an transnational criminal organization”. named in.

“Patterns of serious criminal behavior by the Wagner group include violent harassment of journalists, aid workers and members of minority groups, and harassment, obstruction and intimidation of UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic, as well as rape and murders in Mali.” Huh a statement Of the State Department.

The unit had already been designated by the state in November 2022 for operations in the Russian defense sector; Similarly, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) indicted him in 2017 for being “directly or indirectly responsible for, complicit in or participating in actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, stability, sovereignty or territorial integrity of Ukraine”. gave”. And now confirms it,

The sanctions freeze assets of entities and individuals related to Wagner, as well as bar any Americans from doing business with them.

“The United States is sanctioning individuals and entities linked to Russia’s Wagner paramilitary group and its head, Yevgeny Prigozhin, including its key infrastructure and associated front companies, its battlefield operations in Ukraine, Russian arms manufacturers and Russian-occupied territories including those operating in Ukraine,” the announcement said.

in an interview last week voice of americaJohn Kirby, White House National Security Council strategic communications coordinator, in pursuing sanctions against Wagner he claimed that “it’s not just about cutting off their ability to commit atrocities in Ukraine. It’s about their ability to commit atrocities around the world.”

The sanctions include the Chinese company Changsha Tianyi Space Science and Technology Research Institute Co., Ltd., identified as Spasty China, which provided Wagner Group subsidiaries with satellite images of Ukraine and thus invaded Ukrainian territory. Wagner’s military operations have been facilitated.

The Action Department supports the goal of “undermining Moscow’s ability to wage war against Ukraine, promoting accountability for those responsible for Russia’s aggressive war and related abuses, and applying greater pressure to the region”.

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