US imposes sanctions on militants’ groups in occupied Donbas

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U.S. President Joe Biden signed an executive order on sanctions in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recognition of the so-called “Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics” (DPR and LPR) as “independent” states, the press office of the White House reported.

The corresponding Executive Order prohibits:

  • New investment in the so-called “DNR” or “LNR” regions of Ukraine by a United States person, wherever located;
  • The importation into the United States, directly or indirectly, of any goods, services, or technology from the so-called “DNR” or “LNR” regions of Ukraine;
  • The exportation, reexportation, sale, or supply, directly or indirectly, from the United States, or by a United States person, wherever located, of any goods, services, or technology to the so-called “DPR” or “LPR” regions of Ukraine;
  • And any approval, financing, facilitation, or guarantee by a United States person, wherever located, of a transaction by a foreign person where the transaction by that foreign person would be covered by these prohibitions if performed by a United States person or within the United States.

Putin signed a decree recognizing the areas, this move might justify Russia’s attack in those locations, and an agreement of cooperation with the heads of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic. The militants do not control the entirety of their regions.

Ukraine qualifies Russia’s latest actions as a violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our state, President Volodymyr Zelensky in an address following a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council stated.

Ukraine’s U.N. ambassador is demanding that Russia cancel its recognition of the independence of separatist regions in the east, immediately withdraw its “occupation troops” sent there by President Vladimir Putin, and return to negotiations.

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Find the reaction of the West here.

While the U.S. says some 190,000 Russian troops and militants’ forces are estimated to be massed near Ukraine’s borders, Russia has denied any plans to invade and reiterated its demands that the U.S. and NATO bar Ukraine from joining the military alliance.