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U.S. Sanctions Six Russians Over Kerch Strait Attack on Ukraine

  • Eight entities also sanctioned by Treasury Department Friday
  • Mnuchin cites ‘continued aggression against Ukraine’
Ukrainian servicemen detained in Kerch Strait incident appear in Crimean court

Photographer: Sergei Malgavko/TASS via Getty Images

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The U.S. Treasury moved to increase pressure on Russia over a November attack on Ukrainian ships and soldiers in the Kerch Strait, sanctioning six Russians and about a half dozen defense firms in conjunction with the European Union and Canada.

“The United States and our transatlantic partners will not allow Russia’s continued aggression against Ukraine to go unchecked,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement Friday. “The international community is strongly aligned against Russia’s naval attacks in the Kerch Strait, purported annexation of Crimea, and support for the illegitimate separatist-conducted elections in eastern Ukraine.”