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US Sanctions China for Supplying War Materials to Russia

The US has imposed sanctions on China for providing “critical inputs to Russia’s military-industrial base” in support of the conflict in Ukraine. According to US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, the sanctions aim to disrupt Russia’s military capabilities and supply networks, targeting nearly 300 entities across Russia, China, and other nations.

Among the entities targeted are those accused of facilitating Russia’s acquisition of technology and equipment from abroad, not only in China but also in countries like Azerbaijan, Belgium, Slovakia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. These companies allegedly enable Russia to obtain crucial technology and equipment for its military operations.

In addition to these measures, the US State Department has blacklisted individuals and companies involved in Russia’s energy, mining, and metals sectors, as well as those associated with the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

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Meanwhile, in Moscow, long queues formed as the Russian army showcased Western tanks and military hardware captured in Ukraine, including equipment from the US, Germany, France, the UK, Australia, Turkey, Sweden, Austria, Finland, South Africa, and the Czech Republic. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy had previously exhibited captured Russian tanks and equipment in Kyiv in 2023.

The US has accused Russia of violating the international ban on chemical weapons by using chloropicrin against Ukrainian troops, along with riot control chemicals, echoing previous incidents involving poisoning. The State Department alleges that these chemicals are used to dislodge Ukrainian forces from fortified positions and gain tactical advantages.

Russian forces have also been accused of using grenades loaded with CS and CN gases illegally, according to Ukrainian military claims. The US government is sanctioning Russian state entities and companies associated with Moscow’s chemical and biological weapons programs, including an army unit allegedly involved in deploying chloropicrin against Ukrainian troops.

In eastern Ukraine, civilian casualties continue to mount as Russia strikes the Kharkiv and Donetsk regions. The relentless artillery pounding has left cities like Chasiv Yar devastated, with residents enduring dire conditions amidst the ongoing siege.

Elsewhere, a missile strike targeted Ukraine’s Nova Poshta postal and courier company in Odesa, causing injuries but no casualties among its employees. Additionally, a Russian national pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his involvement in an organization seeking to restore the “Russian empire,” including Ukraine.

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