Sanctions Target Seven Separatists in Ukraine
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today sanctioned seven separatists in Ukraine responsible for or complicit in actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine, and/or asserting governmental authority over a part or region of Ukraine without the authorization of the Government of Ukraine. These actions were taken pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13660.
“The United States will continue to take action to hold accountable those persons engaged in efforts to destabilize Crimea and eastern Ukraine,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen. “These individuals have all contributed to attempts to illegally undermine the legitimate government in Kyiv, notably by falsely proclaiming leadership positions and fomenting violent unrest.”
Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, a separatist leader, has declared that the rebels have adopted a “take- no-prisoners” approach with future clashes with the Ukrainian security forces, claiming his men will “kill them all.” He also publically claimed his men would take all necessary measures to disrupt the Ukrainian elections in May. Ponomaryov is the former self-proclaimed “people’s mayor” of Slovyansk who declared himself mayor after leading a group of armed separatists in an assault on the Slovyansk mayor’s office in April. The town of Slovyansk has since become one of the centers of the separatist movement, and has been taken over by armed pro-Russia rebels.
Denis Pushilin is a leader of a group calling itself the “Donetsk People’s Republic,” which has seized government buildings across eastern Ukraine, declared itself to be a sovereign state, and requested that it be allowed to join the Russian Federation. Pushilin has overseen an uprising that has seized town halls, police stations, and other buildings in towns across Ukraine’s Donetsk region. Pushilin stated that he and his followers would not release the buildings they seized until the Ukrainian government vacated its government buildings and the Donetsk region got an independence referendum. At a May press conference, Pushilin also stated that civilian and military authorities independent of Kyiv would be formed in the Donetsk region following the results of the illegitimate referendum on the region’s status in May. He further stated that the presence of any Ukrainian military remaining in the Donetsk region after the announcement of the referendum’s results would be considered illegal.
Andrey Purgin describes himself as the co-head of a council running the separatist government in Donetsk. He advocated for the illegitimate May referendum and the federalization of Ukraine and took part in the storming of the Donetsk regional administration building earlier this year. Purgin founded the pro-Russian “Republic of Donetsk” organization in December 2005. The group’s activities were forbidden by a Ukrainian court, which considered them to be directed at the territorial disintegration of Ukraine.
Igor Girkin (who is also known as Igor Strelkov) is the self-described “commander-in-chief of the Donetsk People’s Republic” who controls a group of armed separatists in Slovyansk. Girkin is responsible for the abduction of military observers in Ukraine, and an attack on the Slovyansk Internal Affairs Administration and the 25th Air Mobile Brigade from whom he stole a large cache of weapons.
Valery Bolotov has proclaimed himself governor of the separatist-controlled Luhansk region and has publically declared war on the government in Kyiv. Bolotov took direction from Girkin to hold a sham referendum in Luhansk in May.
Sergei Menyailo is the de facto “acting governor” of Sevastopol. He assisted in the formation of Sevastopol’s self-defense squads, which played a key role in facilitating Russia’s occupation of the Crimea region of Ukraine and were later entered into the ranks of the Russian military. Menyailo is part of a commission established to ensure the effectiveness of Russian federal executive bodies in Crimea.
Valery Kaurov is the self-described “president of Novorossiya” and has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to deploy troops to the territory described as Novorossiya. He has supported separatist activities in Ukraine’s Donetsk andLugansk territories.
As a result of today’s action, any assets of the individuals designated today that are within U.S. jurisdiction must be frozen. Additionally, transactions by U.S. persons or within the United States involving the individuals designated today are generally prohibited.
Name: Vyacheslav Ponomaryov
AKA: Vyacheslav Ponomarev
AKA: Vachislav Ponomaryov
DOB: 2 May 1965
Name: Denis Pushilin
AKA: Denis Pushylin
AKA: Denys Pushylin
AKA: Denis Volodymyrovych Pushylin
POB: Makeevka, Ukraine
DOB: 9 May 1981
Name: Andrey Yevgenyevich Purgin
AKA: Andrei Purgin
AKA: Andrej Purgin
AKA: Andriy Purgin
AKA: Andriy Purgyn
AKA: Andriy Purhin
DOB: 26 Jan, 1972
Name: Igor Vsevolodovich Girkin
AKA: Igor Strelok
AKA: Igor Ivanovich Strelkov
AKA: Ihor Strelkov
DOB: 17 Dec 1970
Address: Shenkurskiy Passage (Proyezd), House 8-6, Apartment 136, Moscow, Russia
Name: Valery Bolotov
AKA: Valeriy Bolotov
AKA: Valeri Bolotov
Alt DOB: 1971
Name: Sergei Ivanovich Menyailo
AKA: Sergei Menyailo
AKA: Sergey Menyailo
DOB: 22 Aug 1960
POB: Alagir, North Ossetia, Russia
Title: Acting Governor of Sevastopol
Name: Valery Vladimirovich Kaurov
AKA: Valerii Volodymyrovych Kaurov
AKA: Valery Kaurov
AKA: Valeriy Kaurov
DOB: 2 Apr 1956
POB: Odessa, Ukraine