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US imposes sanctions against Russian military for war crimes in Bucha and Andriivka

Tuesday, 21 November 2023, 02:12
US imposes sanctions against Russian military for war crimes in Bucha and Andriivka

The US State Department has imposed sanctions on Russian military personnel who committed war crimes against Ukrainians in Bucha and Andriivka.

Source: United States Department of State 

Details: The department noted that "the Department of State is designating Azatbek Omurbekov, also known as "The Butcher of Bucha", a Colonel in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation for his involvement in gross violations of human rights", namely the extrajudicial killings of unarmed Ukrainian civilians from Andriivka.


Russian soldier Daniil Frolkin has also been included in this list "due to his involvement in a gross violation of human rights," specifically the killing of an unarmed Ukrainian civilian in Andriivka.

Omurbekov and Frokin, along with their immediate family members, are prohibited from entering the United States, as stated by the State Department.

Quote: "Colonel Omurbekov was the commanding officer of Russia’s 64th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade during the period of time that Russia’s forces controlled the Ukrainian town Andriivka. 

Omurbekov later led the brigade to Bucha, Ukraine, where the Department of State determined that the 64th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade killed, beat, dismembered, burned, and conducted mock executions of civilians.  

After accounts of the brigade’s brutality emerged, the Kremlin responded by issuing a statement indicating that Russian Federation President Putin had conferred honours upon the 64th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade, and Russia’s Ministry of Defence promoted Omurbekov and praised his leadership."

Details: The State Department adds that the involvement of Omurbekov and Frokin has been documented and substantiated by independent investigations.

Quote: "The United States stands committed to promoting accountability for Russia’s abuses and atrocities against the people of Ukraine."

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