The US State Department on Sunday announced visa restrictions for more than 2,000 Russian and Belarusian military officials for violations related to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and a new visa restriction policy targeting officials Russians for human rights violations, violations of international humanitarian law and corruption. in Ukraine.
The ministry also announced sanctions against eight Russian shipping companies, including the Russian Ministry of Defense shipping company, for its involvement in Russia’s “illegal seizure and occupation of Ukraine”, and added 69 ships to the US Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated Nationals and Stranded Persons.
He also sanctioned three Belarusian officials “for their involvement in a flagrant violation of human rights”.
According to a State Department fact sheet, they imposed “visa restrictions on 2,596 members of the Russian Federation military and 13 Belarusian military officials pursuant to a policy under Section 212 (a)(3)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act which applies to those believed to have supported, actively aided or been responsible for ordering or directed or otherwise authorized actions that threaten or violate the sovereignty, territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine.
The newly created visa restriction, announced in the fact sheet, “applies to military officials of the Russian Federation and alleged Russian-backed or Russian-installed authorities who are suspected of having been involved in violations of human rights, violations of international humanitarian law or public corruption”. in Ukraine, including the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” or “Luhansk People’s Republic”.
“Family members of those under the policy will also not be eligible for visas,” he said.