(PresidentialHill.com)- Russia took aggressive action against defense officials and notable journalists in the United Kingdom on Tuesday. In a statement released by the Russian Foreign Ministry, 49 English citizens are barred from entering the country for pushing one-sided information and spreading “Russophobia in British society.”
“The British journalists included in the list are involved in the deliberate dissemination of false and one-sided information about Russia and the events in Ukraine and Donbass. With their biased assessments, they also contribute to fueling Russophobia in British society,” the statement read.
The Ministry charged that that defense officials are aiding Nazis within Ukraine, saying that the defense complex is involved in “making decisions on the supply of weapons to Ukraine, which are used by local punishers and Nazi formations to kill civilians and destroy civilian infrastructure.”
So far London has reportedly sent over £750 million in weaponry to Ukraine, comprised of anti-tank gun missiles, armored vehicles and air defense systems.
The blacklist includes members of the government and media establishment, such as Prime Minister Boris Johnson and journalists from the British Broadcasting Channel (BBC), The Guardian, and the Daily Telegraph.
Foreign journalists reportedly left Russia after Russia imposed a 15-year prison sentence on those who spread “fake news” about the Russian army. One Guardian correspondent said that he was only one of two people on the list that traveled regularly to Russia, but that it is still sad to be sanctioned.
“I lived in Russia for more than a decade and have been at least once every year since 2000,” he added.
Russia commenced war with Ukraine on February 24, citing breaches of its security after it claimed Ukraine breached the MINSK II agreements. Reports were also made that Ukraine had been bombing the Donbas region for years; however, the U.S. denies these allegations.
Russia continued to justify its war after alleging that Ukraine harbored Neo-Nazis known as the Azov Battalion and has banned the words “war” and “invasion,” preferring to use “special military operation” to refer to its war against Ukraine.
Ukraine has since released videos of Russians shelling civilian buildings, including hospitals, residential buildings, markets, schools and colleges resulting in the loss of thousands of innocent lives, although Russia denies these videos as misinformation.