UK to expand Russia sanctions list as Economic Crime Bill fast-tracked
New laws to tackle “dirty money” in the UK have been fast-tracked through Parliament in a bid to target Russian oligarchs over the Ukraine invasion.
Royal assent was granted for the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act as the Houses of Parliament sat beyond midnight to ensure the measures became law.
The UK Government is now expected to announce further sanctions in response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
The legislation is set to establish a new register of overseas entities requiring foreign owners of property in the UK to declare their true identity.
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Russia ‘failing’ as military launches new plan says minister
James Cleverly, Europe and Foreign Office minister, said Russia’s initial plan for a lightning war has “failed”.
Amid reports of a referendum in Kherson, he said the military is now hatching a plan to legitimise its invasion with a “faux election”.
But he told Sky News that the UK will not stand for the plan and called on the Kremlin to end the war.
Commenting on the UK’s new energy policy, he said “we must move away from gas and oil”.
By moving away from hydrocarbons he said it will deny Russia’s “income for this war”.
Ministry of Defence says Russia planning to hold referendum in Kherson
The Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) latest situation update has claimed Russia may attempt to to hold a referendum in Kherson.
This would be part of a wider plan to legitimise another breakaway area such as Luhansk, Crimea and Donetsk, the MoD says.
James Cleverly: Do not travel to Ukraine
Europe minister, James Cleverly said UK nationals should not journey to Ukraine to join the fight against Russia, during an interview with Sky News.
He also could not confirm whether UK nationals had been killed following an attack on a facility in Yavoriv, 15 miles from the Polish border.
Despite the attack, Mr Cleverly said Russia “is not achieving its goals” and the defence by the Ukrainians has been “amazing”.
Commenting on China’s role on the global stage, he added: “What we’re saying to all countries is to denounce this attack on Ukraine. They should not be supporting Russia.”
Roman Abramovich’s jet lands in Moscow after brief stop in Istanbul
A jet linked to sanctioned Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich landed in Moscow early on Tuesday, after a brief stop in Istanbul, FLIGHTRADAR24 data shows.
The jet linked to Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea Football Club, arrived in Istanbul from Israel on Monday, shortly after he was seen in Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport.
Abramovich was among seven Russian billionaires added to a British sanctions list last week to try to isolate President Vladimir Putin over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. European Union diplomats have embraced a similar move.
The Russian oligarch, who also holds Israeli and Portuguese citizenship, has denied having close ties to Putin.
A photograph, obtained by Reuters, showed Abramovich sitting in Tel Aviv airport’s VIP lounge with a face mask pulled down over his chin on Monday.
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Kyiv building set a blaze after latest attack
A residential building has caught fire following the latest Russian attack in the capital.
According to Ukraine’s State Emergency Services, the fire was put out at 4.51am UK time, while no casualties were reported early on Tuesday.
- 1 UK to expand Russia sanctions list as Economic Crime Bill fast-tracked
- 2 Russia ‘failing’ as military launches new plan says minister
- 3 Ministry of Defence says Russia planning to hold referendum in Kherson
- 4 James Cleverly: Do not travel to Ukraine
- 5 Roman Abramovich’s jet lands in Moscow after brief stop in Istanbul
- 6 Kyiv building set a blaze after latest attack