Canada Global (Web News) As Washington puts more pressure on Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine, the United States on Thursday imposed penalties on 10 Russian naval companies over Russian activities against Ukrainian ports, according to the US State Department.
Following a meeting with President Joe Biden in Washington and an address to Congress on Wednesday in which he praised the United States for supporting Ukraine in the battle and appealed for more weapons, the move was taken.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken issued a statement saying, “In response to Russian naval activities against Ukrainian ports, especially those that are supplying much-needed food and grain to the world, the United States today is imposing sanctions on Russian naval companies.”
Following a Russian strike on the area’s electricity grid, Ukraine said that the Black Sea port of Odesa was shut down for a day earlier this month and that the ports of Chornomorsk and Pivdennyi had only partially operated.
Under a deal mediated by the United Nations and Turkiye in July with Russia and Ukraine to restart Ukraine’s Black Sea shipments that have been halted since Moscow’s invasion on February 24 and facilitate Russia’s food and fertiliser exports, all three ports export grain.