"Asset Freeze measures: Measures (i) and (ii) by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Notice (promulgated on January 27) will come into effect for individuals and entities of the Russian Federation (22 individuals and 3 entities); and individuals considered to be directly involved in the 'annexation' of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol or the destabilization of Eastern Part of Ukraine, as well as individuals of eastern and southern regions of Ukraine, who are considered to be directly involved in the purported 'incorporation' by Russia (14 individuals)," the statement read.
The list of individuals, among others, includes Russian Children Ombudswoman Maria Lvova-Belova, Deputy Defense Minister Col. Gen. Mikhail Mizintsev, Deputy Prime Minister Andrey Belousov, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko, Justice Minister Konstantin Chuychenko, the head of the Russian Central Election Commission, Ella Pamfilova, and Alexander Malkevich, the deputy chair of a public oversight coordination center at Russia’s Civic Chamber.
The list also includes Russian manufacturer of trucks, buses, and engines KAMAZ, the Irkut aircraft manufacturer, and Moscow-based manufacturer and supplier of missiles Avangard.
Tokyo also banned exports to 49 Russian entities, as well as banned exports of dual-use items "which could contribute to the development of military capacity."
"Powerful explosions have been occurring outside the facility, indicating military activities in the vicinity of the site located on the frontline of the ongoing conflict," the agency said.
In recent days and weeks, agency experts at the station have reported such incidents to headquarters in Vienna almost daily.
"Some blasts apparently take place some distance away from Europe’s largest nuclear power plant (NPP), while others seem much closer to the facility itself. Yesterday, eight strong detonations were heard at around 10am local time, causing office windows at the plant to vibrate, and more were audible today," the agency added.
"The leadership of the United States and its satellites in NATO has approached a dangerous line. Their deliberate actions to escalate the military confrontation in Ukraine, provoking the regime into military operations against the Russian population using Western heavy weapons and target designations based on NATO intelligence is a direct path to a full-scale military conflict in Europe, from which absolutely all the inhabitants of our continent will definitely lose," Buyakevich said at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council.
"Abrams, as you know, are very sophisticated tanks and they require significant training," Nuland told a Senate hearing. "So even as we approved them yesterday it's gonna take some time to get them to the battlefield, so this is not something that's going to appear in time for the spring offensive."
"On the issue of training [Ukrainian military to work with Challenger 2 tanks], it will start next week on Monday. I was asked when the weapons would be in the theater of operations, by that I am referring to the Challenger 2, the intention is that it will be at the end of March," deputy Defense Minister Alex Chalk said, addressing the UK Parliament.