Vladimir Putin's two adult daughters are now being sanctioned by the US
They are part of several members of the Russian elite who have been hit with new sanctions
Vladimir Putin's daughters are to be hit with new US sanctions, it has been confirmed by the White House.
They are part of a raft of new sanctions announced by the White House, which include new measures against Russian financial institutions and a number of members of the Russian elite.
The European Union and the G7 will also be implementing the sanctions.
This includes the wife and daughter of Putin's foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, CNN reports.
In a tweet, the US administration said: "The U.S. will also impose full blocking sanctions on critical major Russian state-owned enterprises, on President Putin’s adult children, Foreign Minister Lavrov’s wife and daughter, and members of Russia’s Security Council."
The U.S. will also impose full blocking sanctions on critical major Russian state-owned enterprises, on President Putin’s adult children, Foreign Minister Lavrov’s wife and daughter, and members of Russia’s Security Council.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 6, 2022
The US suspects Putin of hiding some of his assets with his two daughters, Maria Vorontsova and Katerina Tikhonova. An official briefing reporters said that this was common practice among the Russian elite.
"Today we're dramatically escalating the financial shock by imposing full blocking sanctions on Russia's largest financial institution, Sberbank, and its largest private bank, Alfa Bank," they added.
The Biden administration has now sanctioned more than 140 oligarchs and their family members and over 400 Russian government officials
The UK has also announced that it will be imposing a full asset freeze on Sberbank, and has committed to ending the import of all Russian oil and coal by the end of 2022.
NEW: UK new sanctions on Russia
▶️ Full asset freeze on biggest Russian bank Sberbank & Credit Bank of Moscow
▶️ Ban on all new outward investment to Russia
▶️ ‘End all dependency on Russian coal & oil’ by end of 2022 - end imports of gas ‘soon as possible thereafter’
— Scott Beasley (@SkyScottBeasley) April 6, 2022
It's as the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, with increasing evidence emerging of horrific atrocities and war crimes carried out by Russian soldiers in the country.
On Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told the UN that Russian troops had "cut out the tongues of civilians" and raped mothers in front of their children.
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