War in Ukraine: Sanctions Imposed on Russian Steel Tycoon | SBS News

Australia has sanctioned the Russian co-founder of a steel and mining company, Alexander Abramov.
The billionaire was originally on the list of 67 Russian oligarchs sanctioned by Australia in April before taking legal action against Foreign Secretary Penny Wong, arguing the sanctions had damaged his reputation.

A sanctions instrument was signed by Foreign Secretary Penny Wong last week but entered into law on Wednesday morning.

The sanction comes as Senator Wong met with her Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Mr Kuleba said he had requested additional military assistance from Australia, including for Canberra to send more Bushmaster vehicles.
Ukraine’s Ambassador to Australia, Vasyl Myroshnychenko, also requested additional artillery support in the form of up to 12 howitzers and ammunition.

Senator Wong said she expressed Australia’s solidarity with Ukraine and her admiration for the courage and sacrifice Ukrainians have shown.

“We can always do more and the government will continue to look for ways to support them,” she told reporters in New York.
His comments come as Russia paves the way for the formal annexation of Ukrainian territory seized after nearly seven months of war.

Russian-backed officials in several regions it partially controls have called for referendums on joining Russia, a move backed by Moscow.

Which Australians has Russia sanctioned?

On Friday, Russia released a list of 41 Australians it considers fueling an “anti-Russian” agenda.
These people are all banned from entering the country.

Among them is SBS chief international correspondent Ben Lewis, who has covered Russia’s invasion of Ukraine since tensions began to rise this year.

Other journalists from ABC, Nine News, Seven News, Ten News, Sky News and The Australian were also on the list, along with several academics, defense lobbyists and local council members.
Friday’s sanctions are in addition to

With Reuters