New UK Sanctions Target Senior Russian Commanders Following Strikes on Ukrainian Civilian Infrastructure

December 13, 2022
  • sanctions targeted at high-level Russian officials for their roles in the Russian military and its inhumane, unprovoked invasion of Ukraine
  • commanders of military units implicated in missile strikes on Ukrainian cities among those sanctioned
  • designations also focus on Iranian businessmen and a military official involved in the production and/or supply of military drones used to carry out attacks

The UK has today (13 December) announced a new package of 16 sanctions targeting senior Russian commanders for their involvement in the Russian military, and Iranian businessmen and officials involved in the production and/or supply of drones to the Kremlin.

The announcement comes as Russia steps up its campaign of terror against Ukraine, striking at crucial energy infrastructure and plunging its people into the dark and freezing cold of winter.

Twelve senior commanders of Russian military forces, including units implicated in attacks on Ukrainian cities, have been sanctioned. Major General Robert Baranov, identified by a Bellingcat investigation as the commander of a unit responsible for programming and targeting Russian cruise missiles, is among those targeted.

More than 6,000 Ukrainian civilians are estimated to have died since the beginning of Russia’s invasion, primarily as a result of Russian missile and artillery strikes. Intentionally directing attacks against civilians and civilian objects is a serious violation of International Humanitarian Law – those responsible must be held to account.

Iranian-manufactured drones have played a central role in these evil attacks on civilians. On 9 December, the US released information showing Iran has become one of Russia’s top military backers, sending hundreds of drones to Russia in violation of its international legal obligations, which have been used to attack Ukraine’s critical infrastructure and kill civilians.

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said:

The UK stands with Ukraine. Russian forces’ calculated attacks on cities and innocent civilians in Ukraine will not go unanswered.

The Iranian regime is increasingly isolated in the face of deafening calls for change from its own people and is striking sordid deals with Putin in a desperate attempt to survive.

Putin wants to break Ukraine’s spirit, but he will not succeed. Ukraine will win, and Ukraine will rebuild.

The Iranian regime’s brutal repression of its own people and the threat it poses in the Middle East have left Iran isolated internationally and in desperate need of support from Putin. Today’s sanctions include individuals facilitating the production of these drones, including the co-owner and Managing Director of MADO, the company responsible for manufacturing engines for the drones which have been used by Russia in Ukraine.

UK sanctions are taking the wheels off the Russian war machine and forcing its military to compromise on vital weaponry and equipment. Defence Intelligence reports suggest that Russian armed forces are struggling to replenish their missile reserves, while they are increasingly forced to rely on second rate drones supplied by Iran to keep up their inhumane bombardments of the Ukrainian people.

View the full UK Sanctions List.


Profiles of designations, organised by geography

All individuals are subject to an asset freeze and travel ban. All entities are subject to an asset freeze.


  • Colonel General Sergey Viktorovich Karakaev, Commander, Strategic Missile Forces
  • Colonel General Mikhail Yuryevich Teplinskiy, Commander, Airborne Forces
  • Lieutenant General Mikhail Mikhaylovich Matveevsky, Commander, Missile Troops and Artillery
  • Lieutenant General Nikolay Mikhaylovich Parshin, Head of the Main Missile-Artillery Directorate
  • Lieutenant General Alexander Semyonovich Sanchik, Commander, 35th Combined Arms Army
  • Lieutenant General Mikhail Stepanovich Zusko, Chief of Staff Russian Forces Group (West)
  • Major General Alexey Vyacheslavovich Avdeev, Commander, 3rd Motorised Rifle Division
  • Major General Robert Baranov, Director, Main Computation Centre of the General Staff
  • Major General Aleksandr Vladimirovich Novikov, Head of the Department for Construction and Management of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • Major General Oleg Yurievich Tsokov, Commander,144th Motorised Rifle Division
  • Colonel Georgy Ivanovich Shuvaev, Head of Missile Troops and Artillery of the 1st Tank Army
  • Colonel Evgeny Nikolaevich Zhuravlev, Commander, 4th Tank Division


  • MADO, Oje Parvaz Mado Nafar Company
  • Yousef Aboutalebi, Director at MADO
  • Abdollah Mehrabi, Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Brig Gen – Chief of IRGC ASF Research and Sufficiency Jihad Organisation (SSJO)
  • Professor Afshin Khajeh Fard, Head of Iran Aviation Industries Organisation

Definitions of types of sanctions

Asset freeze

An asset freeze prevents any UK citizen, or any business in the UK, from dealing with any funds or economic resources which are owned, held or controlled by the designated person. UK financial sanctions apply to all persons within the territory and territorial sea of the UK and to all UK persons, wherever they are in the world. It also prevents funds or economic resources being provided to or for the benefit of the designated person.

Travel ban

A travel ban means that the designated person must be refused leave to enter or to remain in the United Kingdom, providing the individual is an excluded person under section 8B of the Immigration Act 1971.

Transport sanctions

Recently introduced powers make it a criminal offence for any Russian aircraft to fly or land in the UK and give the government powers to remove aircraft belonging to designated Russian individuals and entities from the UK aircraft register, even if the sanctioned individual is not on board. Russian ships are also banned from UK ports.

Previous UK support

In the face of these attacks, the UK continues to stand alongside Ukraine and provide support where it is most needed.

  • the Prime Minister announced during a recent visit to Kyiv a new £50 million package of air defence support, comprising of 125 anti-aircraft guns and technology to counter deadly Iranian-supplied drones
  • elsewhere, UK aid has ensured vital Ukrainian facilities continue to have access to power. £7 million has been supplied for the provision of over 850 generators, while the Foreign Secretary recently announced £5 million has been committed to the Ukraine Energy Support Fund, with a further £5 million to follow. This latest funding will provide specialised energy equipment to keep critical national infrastructure up and running – a priority request from the Government of Ukraine