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CNN: US to designate Russia’s Wagner mercenary group as a ‘transnational criminal organization’ 

The US Treasury Department will designate the Russian mercenary organization Wagner Group as a “transnational criminal organization” and will impose additional sanctions next week against the group and its support network across the world, the White House said on Friday.

“These actions recognize the transcontinental threat that Wagner poses, including through its ongoing pattern of serious criminal activity,” National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby told reporters on Friday, ahead of the Treasury Department announcement. 

Along with the new sanctions, the US has released newly declassified photos of Russian railcars traveling from Russia to North Korea and back in November, in what the US believes was the initial delivery of infantry rockets and missiles for use by the mercenary organization Wagner Group in Ukraine. 

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WNU Editor: More sanctions on Russia that will have zero impact on the war. 

US Treasury Department Designates Russia’s Wagner Group As A ‘Transnational Criminal Organization’ 

Treasury to designate Wagner transnational criminal group — AP

U.S. to impose new sanctions against Russia’s Wagner private military group — Reuters

US Labels Russia’s Wagner Group a Criminal Organization in New Bid to Blunt Its Power — Bloomberg

US declares Wagner Group ‘transnational criminal organization,’ orders fresh sanctions: NSC spokesman — FOX News

White House announces additional sanctions against Russia’s Wagner Group — Politico

US designates Russia’s Wagner Group as ‘transnational criminal organisation’ — The Independent

U.S. to designate Russia’s Wagner Group as a transnational criminal organization — Axios