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US sanctions pro-Russian Ukrainians over allegations of election interference

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The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on a number of Ukrainian people and entities, accusing them of US election interference and associating with a pro-Russian Ukrainian lawmaker linked to efforts by president Donald Trump’s allies to dig up filth on president-elect Joe Biden and his son.
“Russian disinformation campaigns targeting American citizens are a threat to our democracy”, Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin, an ally of Trump, mentioned in an announcement. “The United States will continue to aggressively defend the integrity of our election systems and processes”, he added.
The motion freezes any US property of these blacklisted and bars Americans from doing enterprise with them. The Treasury Department accused the blacklisted Ukrainians of involvement in a Russia-linked overseas affect community related to Ukrainian lawmaker Andry Derkach, who was sanctioned final yr over accusations he tried to intervene within the 2020 US election.
Derkach has beforehand labored with Trump’s private lawyer Rudy Giuliani to dig up damaging info on Biden and his son Hunter. Some of the blacklisted people had been reported in information media accounts to be sources for Giuliani.
Democratic Senator Mark Warner, set to turn into chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, mentioned: “Much of the false information spread about President-elect Biden during and since the campaign had its roots in the entities being sanctioned today, as we saw Russian entities seed or amplify dangerous narratives that gained significant traction in far-right media”.

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