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Ukraine Live Day 387
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The Interpreter
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Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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UPDATED: US Sanctions 8 Pro-Russian Separatists & A Russian Bank Over Russian Deployment of Troops In Ukraine
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UPDATED: The United States has placed new sanctions on a Russian bank, 6 Russians, and 8 Russian-supported Ukrainian separatists today, just one day after accusing Moscow of deploying new troops and armor on the Ukrainian side of the border.

Reuters reports:

"If Russia continues to support destabilizing activity in Ukraine and violate the Minsk agreements and implementation plan, the already substantial costs it faces will continue to rise," Adam Szubin, the Treasury Department's acting undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a statement announcing the sanctions.

The entire list of those sanctioned can be found with our descriptions below and is printed on the Treasury's website, here. There are some notable names. The Treasury Department's bios of the sanctioned individuals can be found here, but we describe them below.:

Sergei Abisov, the Minister of Internal Affairs for the Russian-appointed government in Crimea.

- Serhiy Arbuzov, Ukraine's First Deputy Prime Minister under the Yanukovych government.

- Mykola Azarov, the former Prime Minister of Ukraine.

- Raisa Bogatyrova, the well-known former Ukrainian politician who has been wanted for embezzlement of state funds since  she disappeared immediately following Yanukovych's flight to Russia.

- Ekaterina Gubareva, the former "Minister of Foreign Affairs" for the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic," who now runs the charity that collects aid for "Novorossiya" fighters and is also the wife to Pavel Gubarev, the self-proclaimed "People's Governor" of the DNR.

-  Yuriy Ivakin, the so called “Minister of Internal Affairs” of the self-proclaimed "Lugansk People's Republic."

- Aleksandr Dugin, the Russian right-wing fascist leader and political thinker who may be well-known to many readers. Dugin is also the head of Eurasian Youth Union, the youth wing of the fascist and anti-Ukrainian Eurasian Party which has also been sanctioned today. The Treasury Department says "the Eurasian Youth Union has actively recruited individuals with military and combat experience to fight on behalf of the self-proclaimed DPR and has stated that it has a covert presence in Ukraine."

- Pavel Kanishchev, who runs the Eurasian Youth Union's federal network.

- Alexander Karaman, the Transdniestrian expatriate and pro-Russian rebel activist who moved to the Donbass to join this fight and who replaced Ekaterina Gubareva as the LNR's "Minister of Foreign Affairs."

- Oleksandr Khodakovskyy (Alexander Khodakovsky), the leader of the Russian-backed rebel group, the Vostok Battalion, featured often in The Interpreter's reports on some of Ukraine's heaviest fighting.

- Andrey Kovalenko, another leader of the Eurasian Youth Union.

- Oleg Kozyura, part of the Crimean occupation government, currently the Head of the Office of the Federal Migration Service in the City of Sevastopol .

- Roman Lyagin, the head of the Russian-backed separatists "election commission."

- Serhil Zdriliuk, whom the Treasury Department says is a "senior 'rebel commander' [who] served as an aide to Igor Girkin (a.k.a Igor Strelkov), former “defense minister” of the self-proclaimed DPR.  Zdriliuk and Girkin were involved in the takeover of Ukraine’s Crimea region that led to Russia’s illegal annexation of the region in March 2014."

Beyond Dugin's Eurasian Youth Union, the U.S. has also sanctioned the Russian National Commerce Bank (RNCB), which played a kjey role in assimilating many of Crimea's banks after the peninsula as (illegally) annexed from Ukraine.

-- James Miller