US imposes further sanctions on Russia

The United States has imposed additional sanctions on Russia over the crisis in eastern Ukraine and Crimea.

The US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on Thursday imposed sanctions on eleven more people and 15 more companies.

“Today’s action underscores our resolve to maintain pressure on Russia for violating international law and fueling the conflict in eastern Ukraine,” acting OFAC Director John Smith said in a statement.

The Obama administration accuses Moscow of supporting and arming pro-Russian forces fighting in eastern Ukraine since last year. The Kremlin says the allegations are baseless.

On Thursday, the OFAC sanctioned affiliate companies of Russian oil giant Rosneft, as well as several organizations associated with one of the country’s major banks — Vnesheconombank among others.

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