OFAC has designated 21 people and 9 entities, and added 12 entities to its Russia / Ukraine Sectoral Sanctions Identification List.
These measures were taken to “maintain sanctions pressure on Russia until it fully implements its commitments under the Minsk agreements” and to underscore the “US government’s opposition to Russia’s occupation of Crimea”.
11 people were designated pursuant to EO 13660 for being “Ukrainian separatists… responsible for or complicit in, or having engaged in, directly or indirectly, actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine; or for asserting governmental authority over a part or region of Ukraine without the authorization of the Government of Ukraine”. Pursuant to the same EO, OFAC also designated 3 people and 4 entities “who have supported the illicit coal trade from [Ukraine]”.
4 people and 2 entities were designated pursuant to EO 13661, which authorises sanctions against (inter alia) officials of the Russian government and any individual or entity that has acted for or on behalf of, or supported, an individual or entity previously designated under this EO.
1 construction company and 2 associated people were designated pursuant to EO 13685, which authorises sanctions against (inter alia) any person determined to operate in the Crimea region of Ukraine. Under the same EO, OFAC also designated 1 person and 2 entities “related to Russia’s transfer of four turbines made by a Russian-German joint venture to Crimea”.
OFAC also identified 12 subsidiaries that are 50% or more owned by Surgutneftegaz, an entity which was added to the Sectoral Sanctions Identification List (SSI List) in September 2014 under Directive 4. The subsidiaries are subject to the same restrictions as their parent. See OFAC’s revised guidance on Entities Owned by Persons Whose Property and Interests in Property Are Blocked (50% Rule). Links here for OFAC Notice and US Treasury press release.