UK sanctions more than 1,000 Russians since Ukraine

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UK sanctions more than 1,000 Russians since Ukraine

The Russian president has alleged that new restrictions have targeted people who were believed to be the inner circle of the Russian president.

On Friday, the UK unveiled a new round of sanctions on what it describes as the inner circle of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The total number of Russians sanctioned by the UK since the beginning of the Ukraine conflict has gone up to more than 1,000.

The latest restrictions include travel bans, asset freezes, travel bans, and other transport sanctions. The Foreign Office claimed that the Russian president relies on his network of family, childhood friends, and selected elite who have benefited from his rule and in turn supports his lifestyle, despite having an official record of modest assets.

The list includes the 2004 Russian gymnastics icon and Athens all-around champion Alina Kabaeva. According to the Foreign Office, the retired gymnast has a close relationship with Putin. There is no actual evidence to back up such claims.

Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, after Ukraine failed to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements first signed in 2014, and Moscow s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German and French-brokered protocols were designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists that the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied that it was planning to take the two republics by force.