The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on several Ukrainian individuals and organizations, accusing them of meddling in the US elections, and allied with a pro-Russian Ukrainian lawmaker linked with the efforts of President Donald Trump’s allies, the to spot President-elect Joe Biden and his son.
“Russian disinformation campaigns against American citizens are a threat to our democracy,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, an ally of Trump, said in a statement. “The United States will continue to aggressively defend the integrity of our electoral systems and processes,” he added.
The action freezes all blacklisted US assets and prevents Americans from doing business with them. The Ministry of Finance accused the blacklisted Ukrainians of being part of a Russia-related network with foreign influence linked to Ukrainian lawmaker Andry Derkach, who was fined last year on charges of trying to get into meddling in the 2020 US elections.
Derkach previously worked with Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani to gather malicious information about Biden and his son Hunter. Some of the blacklisted people have been reported as sources for Giuliani in media reports.
Democratic Senator Mark Warner, who is to become chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said, “Much of the false information about President-elect Biden during and since the campaign had its roots in the units sanctioned today when we saw Russian units sowing seeds or reinforce dangerous narratives that have gained significant prominence in far-right media ”.