Russia imposes sanctions on British officials, historians and academics News of the war between Russia and Ukraine

Moscow says the UK bears responsibility for “crimes against civilians” for helping Ukraine repel the Russian invasion.

Russia has imposed sanctions on 18 British citizens, including officials, academics and experts on Russian affairs, over what Moscow says is an attempt to demonize Russia and fuel the war in Ukraine.

“We are forced to say that British actors accused of Russophobia are not ashamed of trying to distort the constitutional order and social and political processes of our country,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

“The so-called brain trusts operating on the basis of the largest British and Western educational institutions are making a significant contribution to the subversive work in London in the Russian direction.”

The Russian Foreign Ministry also said that the UK’s Ukraine strategy had led to further escalation and loss of life in the war.

“By pushing the regime of (President Volodymyr) Zelensky to continue the bloodshed, the British must realize that they, along with Ukrainian neo-Nazis, bear responsibility for crimes against civilians,” the ministry claimed.

Personal sanctions were announced against British Deputy Defense Secretary James Cartledge, Deputy National Security Advisor Sarah McIntosh, and Submarine Director Simon Asquith.

Others targeted include Stuart Peach, the British Prime Minister’s special envoy to the Western Balkans, as well as Lords Dan Hannan and Michael Ashcroft.

The academics sanctioned include historians Orlando Figes, Norman Davies, Timothy Garton Ash, Rob Johnson and David Aboulavia, and experts including Roy Allison of the University of Oxford, Graeme Robertson of the University of North Carolina, Calder Walton of Harvard University, and James Shear of Oxford university. International Center for Defense and Security in Tallinn.

There was no immediate comment from the British government.

The United Kingdom has provided military and financial aid to Ukraine since Russia’s large-scale invasion in February 2022. In January, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said his country would increase its military aid to Ukraine in the next fiscal year to £2.5 billion ($3.15 billion). ) an increase of £200 million ($252 million) over the previous two years.

Sunak and Zelensky also signed a security agreement that the Ukrainian leader said would remain in place until Kiev joins the NATO military alliance.

Sunak said in a statement in January that Ukraine had been fighting for the principles of freedom and democracy for two years.

“We will stand by Ukraine in its darkest hours and in the better times ahead,” he promised.

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