On July 26, 2022, the UK Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation updated The Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/855) adding 41 individuals and 1 entity to the consolidated list for contributing to the destabilizing of Ukraine or undermining or threatening its territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence. Among the designees, who are now subject to an asset freeze, are several individuals who supported Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and oversaw the recruitment of Syrian mercenaries to fight alongside Russia in Ukraine, including Nabeul Al-Abdullah, the Commander of the National Defense Forces in Syria. The UK also designated Muhammad Al-Salti, the Commander-in-Chief and Chief of Staff of the Palestine Liberation Army for recruiting Palestinians refugees to fight alongside Russian forces in Ukraine. Other designees include numerous local and regional governors in Russia, several high-ranking members of Russian Federation, and officials appointed by Russia to serve as leaders in the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk regions in Ukraine.
On July 26, 2022, OFSI also updated The Syria (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulation 2019 (SI 2019/792) to impose asset freezes upon 5 individuals and 1 entity for being involved in, supporting and benefitting from the Syrian regime, including Saleh Al Abullah, the Brigadier General of the Syrian Armed Forces and leader of the Sixteenth Brigade militia, who has been involved in repressing Syria’s civilian population.