Australia sanctioned the Russian co-founder of the steel and mining company, Alexander Abramov.
The billionaire was initially listed as one of 67 Russian referees sanctioned by Australia in April before he took legal action against Foreign Minister Penny Wong, arguing that the sanctions had damaged his reputation.
Secretary of State Penny Wong signed the sanctions document last week but it was included in the legislation’s registry Wednesday morning.
The punishment comes as Senator Wong met her Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Kuleba said he has requested additional military assistance from Australia, including helping Canberra send more Bushmasters.
The Ukrainian ambassador to Australia, Vasyl Miroshnichenko, also requested more artillery support in the form of up to 12 howitzers and ammunition.
Senator Wong said she expressed Australia’s solidarity with Ukraine and its admiration for the courage and sacrifice shown by Ukrainians.
“There is always more we can do and the government will continue to look at ways we can support them,” she told reporters in New York.
Her comments come as Russia is paving the way for the formal annexation of Ukrainian lands captured after nearly seven months of war.
Russian-backed officials in several areas it partially controls have called referendums on joining Russia, a move Moscow supports.
Any Australians punished by Russia?
Russia on Friday released a list of 41 Australians it considers fueling an “anti-Russian” agenda.
All of these individuals are prohibited from entering the country.
Among them is SBS’s chief international correspondent Ben Lewis, who has been covering the Russian invasion of Ukraine since tensions began escalating this year.
Other journalists from ABC, Nine News, Seven News, Ten News, Sky News and The Australian were also included, along with several academics, advocacy lobbyists and members of local councils.
Friday penalties are in addition to