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U.S. imposes new sanctions on Russia for Crimea, rights abuses

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(Reuters) - The on Thursday imposed sanctions on two Ukrainians, one Russian and nine entities in and Russia, for Moscow's annexation of and related human rights abuses, the said.

One of the entities sanctioned - the Limited Liability Company Southern Project - was linked to Rossiya and Russian Yuri Kovulchuk, the Treasury said in a statement.

"Treasury remains committed to targeting Russian-backed entities that seek to profit from Russia's illegal annexation and occupation of Crimea," Sigal Mandelker, Treasury's under for terrorism and financial intelligence said in a statement.

The sanctions aim to further punish for its 2014 annexation of Ukraine's peninsula and its support for pro-Russian separatists in

Critics of have accused him of being soft on and there is a bipartisan push in to impose more sanctions on Moscow, including for its meddling in the 2016 U.S. has denied any involvement.

Among those blacklisted is Andriy Sushko, an of (FSB). The said he was responsible for the abduction of a Crimean Tatar activist in 2017, who was tortured while being held.

The sanctions also target companies that the Treasury said benefited from the annexation of Among them is the Mriya Resort and Spa, a hotel investment backed by Russia's largest Sberbank, on the South Shore of Crimea in the city of Yalta, the department said.

Also blacklisted is the of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic, the Treasury said.

(Reporting by Tim Ahmann, and Lesley Wroughton; Editing by and Tom Brown)

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 00:55 IST