US sanctions Ukrainians over 2020 election

The US government has imposed sanctions on several Ukrainian individuals and entities for their alleged attempts to interfere in last year's US presidential elections.

The US Treasury Department released on Monday a new sanctions list of seven Ukrainian individuals and four media firms in the country. They include a former prosecutor, former government officials and a lawmaker.

The department said they formed part of a foreign influence network associated with another Ukrainian lawmaker already facing US sanctions. It added that the lawmaker was a Russian agent who had attempted to influence the 2020 US presidential election.

The department has not disclosed what kind of disinformation has been spread.

US media outlets reported that the alleged Russian agent lawmaker met with Rudy Giuliani, who is the personal lawyer of US President Donald Trump. The lawmaker reportedly informed Giuliani of unsubstantiated allegations about US President-elect Joe Biden before the November election. These allegations were said to be aimed at harming Biden's candidacy.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement that "Russian disinformation campaigns targeting American citizens are a threat to our democracy." He added, "The United States will continue to aggressively defend the integrity of our election systems and processes."