Additional sanctions in response to Russia’s invasion

  • Media release
04 May 2022

The Australian Government has imposed targeted financial sanctions and travel bans on a further 110 individuals in response to Russia’s illegal war against Ukraine, made up of senior Ukrainian separatists and Russian members of parliament.

The listings include 34 senior members of the Russian-led movements in Ukrainian regions Donetsk and Luhansk, the so-called “People’s Council of the People’s Republic of Donetsk” and “People’s Council of the People’s Republic of Luhansk”.

These individuals have violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine through their assertion of governmental authority over areas of Ukraine without the Ukrainian Government’s authorisation. The “People’s Republic of Donetsk” and “People’s Republic of Luhansk” do not hold the status of “state” under international law.

Australia also announces listings on a further 76 Members of the State Duma. Some of these additional individuals voted in favour of the resolution calling for President Putin to recognise Donetsk and Luhansk as independent states, and the majority subsequently voted in favour of ratifying one or both treaties on friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance between the Russian Federation and the so-called “People’s Republics”.

One additional Duma member, Oleg Matveichev, has been listed for the dissemination of disinformation and propaganda. As a mouthpiece for President Putin, he even argued disingenuously for the payment of reparations for harm caused by Western sanctions and the war itself.

With these announced listings, the Government will have sanctioned 812 individuals and 47 entities in response to Russia’s illegal war. Australia reiterates our unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and for the people of Ukraine.

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