US announces fresh sanctions on Russian oligarchs

The United States has announced a fresh round of sanctions against Russian oligarchs, including billionaire Alisher Usmanov, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov and oil executive Nikolai Tokarev, the BBC reports.

In addition, 19 oligarchs and 47 of their family members and closest associates will be banned from traveling to America.

The White House also said it will sanction seven Russian entities and 26 individuals for their role in spreading "false narratives that advance Russian strategic objectives and falsely justify the Kremlin’s activities".

President Joe Biden (pictured) noted on Thursday that sanctions already in place have "had a profound impact".

Now, he said, Western allies are headed toward "the strongest unified economic impact campaign on Putin in all history".

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