The United States levied a host of new sanctions, including on Russia President Vladimir Putin’s daughters, on Wednesday following reports of war crimes the Russian army allegedly committed in the Ukrainian town of Bucha.
The Biden administration placed sanctions on Katerina Tikhonova and Maria Vorontsova, who are widely believed to be Putin’s daughters though the Russian president has not publicly acknowledged them as such. Putin rarely discusses his children except in vague references to his two daughters, according to The Washington Post.
The sanctions also hit the wife and adult child of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Maria Lavrova and Ekaterina Lavrova, respectively.
A senior administration official told reporters in a background phone conference Wednesday that U.S. officials are targeting the family members of top Russian officials because those officials are believed to be using their families to protect assets from other sanctions.
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