Ukraine sanctions Belarusian Railways, but not RZD
Ukrainian president Vladimir Zelensky has signed a decree imposing sanctions on 182 Russian and Belarusian entities and three individuals. Among the sanctioned entities, there are Belarusian Railways, which collaborated with Russia in transporting over 100,000 tonnes of ammunition and 5,200 tonnes of vehicles since the war started. Absent from the list of companies sanctioned by Ukraine is Russia’s national railway company RZD.
The sanctions established by the Ukrainian government are 18, including the freezing of assets, transit blockades, and the termination of contracts and permits. All sanctions have been applied on 28 January and will be valid for the next ten years.
Other than the western sanctions on Russian enterprises, the Ukrainian sanction list includes many rail and logistics companies. These are mostly railway undertakings, logistics firms and rolling stock lessors or manufacturers. Some warehousing, depot and IT firms are also listed, as well as companies involved with trucking, air and maritime transport.
Some of the railway companies included in the Ukrainian sanction list are: Belintertrans Transport and Logistics Center, Middle Volga Railway Transport Enterprise, Railcraft Service, AC Rail, Unitrans Rail, Railgo, Vector Rail, Guinness Rail, Ural Rail, ABTs Rail, Rail Transservice.
The three individuals included in the sanction list are Matveev Valerii Borisovich, Belosokhov Sergei Alekseevich, and Strok Vladimir Nikolaevich. However, it is unclear what role these men played and what are the motivations behind their sanctions.
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