UK Takes Bold Measures Against Russian Officials Over Fake Election in Ukraine

The British government has imposed a stringent asset freeze and travel ban on Russian officials.

by Faruk Imamovic
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UK Takes Bold Measures Against Russian Officials Over Fake Election in Ukraine
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The British government has imposed a stringent asset freeze and travel ban on Russian officials. These officials have been pinpointed as being involved in the recent contentious elections that took place in Ukraine's regions of Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk, and Lugansk, along with the region of Crimea which was controversially annexed.

Russia's "Sham Elections"

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly spoke fervently on the matter, stating, "Russia’s sham elections are a transparent, futile attempt to legitimise its illegal control of sovereign Ukrainian territory.

You can’t hold ‘elections’ in someone else’s country." His pointed remarks leave little room for ambiguity. Mr. Cleverly went on to underscore that the UK does not, and will never, recognize Russia's territorial claims on Crimea, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk, Luhansk, and Kherson, asserting them to be unequivocally Ukrainian.

A Broader Agenda

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) went a step further in detailing the agenda purportedly underlying Russia's actions. Their statement indicated Russia's intent "to destroy Ukrainian culture and identity in an attempt to strengthen its illegitimate claims on Ukrainian territory." The means listed include aggressive measures like the forceful issuing of Russian passports and the imposition of Russian law, media, education, and currency.

In their words, "The latest sanctions package holds those who would undermine Ukraine's sovereignty to account."

The Comprehensive Sanction List

Diving into specifics, the UK has meted out sanctions against a number of Russian officials and entities involved in what they term as 'sham' elections and referendums.

These referendums were supposedly orchestrated to legitimize Russia's contentious annexation attempts on Ukrainian territory. To date, the UK has sanctioned a staggering 1,600 individuals and entities in the wake of Russia’s controversial invasion.

Key figures among the newly sanctioned include:

  • The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Russia: This governmental agency has been linked with orchestrating both this month’s questioned elections and last year’s referendums in regions of Ukraine under controversial Russian control.
  • Natalya Budarina: As the CEC Secretary, she ranks as one of the senior-most officials in the Central Election Commission.
  • Andrei Aleksyenko: Currently presiding as the Head of the so-called Kherson regional administration.
  • Marina Zakharova: Known as the Head of the disputed election commission in Kherson.
The imposition of these sanctions signifies the UK's resolute stance in opposing any attempts to undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

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