US sanctions target luxury yachts linked to Putin

US authorities have blocked the use of luxury yachts linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin as part of additional sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine.

The US Treasury Department said on Thursday that the Russia-flagged Graceful and Cayman Islands-flagged Olympia have been designated as blocked property.

It says Putin has an interest in both yachts, and that he has taken numerous trips on them. Putin is said to have been joined by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on one of those trips on the Black Sea last year.

The Treasury Department also listed two other yachts owned by Russian firms and linked to Putin as blocked properties.