Japan extends sanctions to 71 companies and 141 people linked to Russia

The new punitive measures are intended to contribute to “international efforts” for peace in Ukraine, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement today.

Senior political, business and military officials from Moscow and the pro-Russian republics of Lugansk and Donetsk, as well as Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, join the list of people already subject to sanctions, such as Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 and the military offensive has already killed more than 3,000 civilians, according to the UN, which warns that the real number is likely to be much higher.

The military offensive has caused more than 13 million people to flee, of which more than 5.5 million have left the country, according to the latest UN figures.

The Russian invasion was condemned by the international community in general, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and reinforcing economic and political sanctions on Moscow.

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