Jan. 11 (UPI) — The U.S. Treasury Division introduced sanctions Monday for a number of Ukrainian nationals it says had been tied to a pro-Russian lawmaker who labored to affect the 2020 presidential election with rumors about President-elect Joe Biden and his members of the family.

On the brand new record are almost a dozen Ukrainian associates and entities linked to Andrii Derkach, the Russian-leaning Ukrainian lawmaker who was sanctioned beforehand by the U.S. authorities for making an attempt to affect the election throughout the marketing campaign.

“Russian disinformation campaigns concentrating on Americans are a menace to our democracy,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin mentioned in an announcement.

“The US will proceed to aggressively defend the integrity of our election methods and processes.”

Derkach had met with Rudolph Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s private legal professional, in Ukraine in late 2019 as Giuliani looked for ties between Biden and the federal government in Kiev. He later bankrolled a falsehood-filled doc to members of Congress earlier than the election that claimed Biden’s household had participated in corruption in Ukraine.

“Derkach has … used a community of media professionals and assistants to assist his affect marketing campaign centered on cultivating false or unsubstantiated narratives and spurring corruption investigations in each Ukraine and america,” the division mentioned.

Designated for the brand new sanctions are Ukraine lawmaker Oleksandr Dubinsky and former officers Konstantin Kulyk, Oleksandr Onyshchenko and Andriy Telizhenko.

The Treasury additionally sanctioned personnel in Derkach’s media organizations, together with Dmytro Kovalchuk, Anton Simonenko and Petro Zhuravel. U.S. officers mentioned Zhuravel owns different information websites which might be “media entrance corporations in Ukraine that unfold disinformation.”

The sanctions freeze all property and pursuits and U.S. residents are prohibited from associating or participating in transactions with these on the record.