Aotearoa New Zealand will sanction more officials installed by the Kremlin in separatist regimes in occupied areas of Ukraine, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today.
“President Putin’s proxies in Ukrainian territory are seeking to progress the Kremlin’s policies and the objectives of its illegal occupation,” Ms Mahuta said.
The sanctions build on earlier measures targeting political and military figures in separatist administrations in breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.
Today’s measures affect 48 officials and one entity, the Minister said.
“The Putin regime has appointed sympathisers as so-called ministers or mayors or in other roles in occupied parts of Ukraine, in an attempt to shore up its illegal presence, and force political integration with Russia through economic, cultural and military control.”
“We will continue to actively pursue sanctions against Kremlin-appointed officials and those who are enabling the occupation to further Russia’s objectives.
“The Russia Sanctions Act passed unanimously by our Parliament in March allows for a wide range of measures on these individuals, including travel bans, asset freezes, prohibitions on financial dealings and bans on ships or aircraft entering New Zealand,” said Ms Mahuta.
Six months since the Russia Sanctions Act was passed, NZ has placed sanctions on almost 900 individuals and entities and imposed trade measures on Russia.
More information about sanctions, travel bans, and export controls against Russia; as well as humanitarian, military, and legal support to Ukraine can be found on the MFAT site here.