UK sanctions more Russian entities and individuals

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British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly speaks to the media during a visit to Salisbury Plain, where Australian Defence Forces are supporting the UK-led training of Ukrainian recruits, in Wiltshire, Britain February 1, 2023. Ben Birchall/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo
  • New round of sanctions announced during Zelenskiy's UK visit
  • Targets include six entities providing military equipment
  • Eight individuals also sanctioned

LONDON, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Britain set out a new round of sanctions on "Russian military and Kremlin elites" on Wednesday, including six entities providing military equipment such as drones for Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The sanctions also targeted eight individuals and one entity connected to financial networks that help "maintain wealth and power amongst Kremlin elites", the government said in a statement as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy arrived in Britain.

"Ukraine has shown Putin that it will not break under his tyrannical invasion. He has responded by indiscriminately striking civilian areas and critical national infrastructure across the country," Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said in the statement.

"We cannot let him succeed. We must increase our support."

Britain, which has sanctioned over 1,300 Russian individuals and entities over the past year, sanctioned IT services firm Moscoms for acting as "a nexus for the Russian elite" by providing host domains to many involved in destabilising Ukraine.

Russia invaded Ukraine in February last year, saying it had to protect Russian speakers from persecution and prevent the western NATO alliance from using Ukraine to threaten Russia's security.

Kyiv and its Western allies, including Britain, say these are baseless pretexts for an unprovoked war of acquisition.

Individuals sanctioned include:

- Boris Titov, Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneur’s Rights

- Nikolay Egorov, former deputy chairman of the largest privately owned oil refinery in Russia

- Sergey Rudnov, the owner of pro-Kremlin news outlet Regum

- Svetlana Krivonogikh, a shareholder in Bank Rossiya and the National Media Group

- Viktor Myachin, owner of Aerostart, a Russian aircraft maintenance and repair company

- Alexey Repik, the Chairman of the Board of R-Pharm, a Russian pharmaceutical company

- Evgeny Shkolov, a former presidential aide and Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors for JSC System Operator of the Unified Energy System

- Pavel Titov, president of Delovaya Rossiya, an association that the UK says represents entrepreneurial interests and was set up by his father, Boris Titov

Organisations sanctioned include:

- CST, a manufacturer of Russian drones

- RT-Komplekt, which produces parts for helicopters used by Russia

- Oboronlogistics, which organises the transportation and delivery for Russian military equipment

- Universalmash and Lipetsk, who manufacture or modify the tracked chassis for anti-aircraft missile systems used by Russia’s armed forces

- Topaz, a software company involved in military aviation

- IT services company Moscoms

Reporting by Muvija M and Farouq Suleiman; editing by William James and Raissa Kasolowsky

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