Global media is reporting that the US has imposed sanctions on Ukrainian individuals and entities, accusing them of U.S. election interference. According to a Reuter’s report, those involved are accused of being part of a network associated with Ukrainian parliamentarian Andriy Derkach, described as a pro-Russian lawmaker who was sanctioned by the US last year in connection with accusations he tried to interfere in the 2020 US elections:
January 11, 2021 The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on several Ukrainian individuals and entities, accusing them of U.S. election interference and associating with a pro-Russian Ukrainian lawmaker linked to efforts by President Donald Trump’s allies to dig up dirt on President-elect Joe Biden and his son. “Russian disinformation campaigns targeting American citizens are a threat to our democracy,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, an ally of Trump who last week condemned the violence at the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, said in a statement. The U.S. Treasury Department accused the seven individuals and four entities of involvement in a Russia-linked foreign influence network associated with Ukrainian parliamentarian Andriy Derkach. The pro-Russian lawmaker was hit with sanctions by the U.S. government in September over accusations he tried to interfere in the 2020 U.S. election won by Biden. The action freezes any U.S. assets of those blacklisted and generally bars Americans from doing business with them.
Derkach has been a key figure in promoting unsubstantiated allegations that Hunter Biden improperly used his influence with his father — vice president at the time — to help Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company on whose board he sat, and that Joe Biden improperly pressured Ukraine to fire a top prosecutor who had investigated the firm. These allegations, intended to harm Biden’s candidacy, have been seized upon by Trump, his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and some Republican lawmakers.
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The Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported last year that US intelligence agencies had warned the White House Russian intelligence officers were using Giuliani as a means to transmit disinformation aimed at undermining the presidential campaign of then Democratic candidate Joe Biden