Britain imposed sanctions on the so-called “Butcher of Mariupol” on Thursday.
The country imposed the restrictions on Russia’s Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, who, according to the UK Foreign Office, is the head of the National Defense Command and Control Center where Russian military operations are planned and controlled.
She accused him of “using reprehensible tactics, including shelling civilian centers both in Aleppo in 2015-16 and now in Mariupol — where atrocities against the Ukrainian people continue.”
Secretary of State Liz Truss also announced 14 new sanctions against Russian “propagandists and state media” which she claimed were spreading “lies and deceit” about Vladimir Putin’s invasion Ukraine.
She said: “This latest series of sanctions hits the shameless propagandists who spread Putin’s fake news and narratives. We will impose more sanctions to increase the pressure on Russia and ensure that Putin loses in Ukraine. Nothing and nobody is off the table.”
Other names added to the sanctions list include propagandist Sergey Brilev and Kremlin-funded TV-Novosti, which owns news channel RT.
Aleksandr Zharov, CEO of Gazprom-Media, Alexey Nikolov, CEO of RT, and Anton Anisimov, head of Sputnik International Broadcasting, were also sanctioned.
Mariupol has seen some of the worst atrocities committed by Russian forces since the invasion began on February 24.
Around 300 civilians are said to have been killed when a theater was hit by a Russian attack.
More than 1,000 people, including children, are believed to have taken shelter in the building’s basement.
At least a few days before the strike, there were signs on the ground making it clear that there were children inside.
A school with 400 residents and a maternity hospital were also reportedly hit.
Russian troops have besieged the port city on the Sea of Azov for weeks, cutting off the power and water supply, and there is hardly any food or medicine available for the tens of thousands of remaining residents.
Some are said to have starved.
People were forced to bury their neighbors in the streets and thousands are believed to have died.
A fresh attempt to open evacuation corridors and bring in supplies was made on Thursday, but previous such steps have failed.
Russian troops have been accused of targeting fleeing civilians, which the Kremlin denies, despite numerous reports and footage contradicting it.
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https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/butcher-of-mariupol-responsible-for-atrocities-against-civilians-is-targeted-in-new-swathe-of-sanctions-by-uk-41508256.html The “Mariupol butcher” responsible for atrocities against civilians is targeted by Britain in a new series of sanctions