"This joint initiative with our partners in the European Union and Canada reinforces our shared commitment to impose targeted and meaningful sanctions in response to the Kremlin's attempts to disregard worldwide norms and undermine Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity", he added.
Briefing the media, US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino said, "Today, the United States, EU, and Canada took coordinated action in response to Russia's continued aggression against Ukraine by imposing sanctions on individuals who orchestrated the unjustified November 25 attack on three Ukrainian naval vessels near the Kerch Strait".
The United States, Canada and the European Union pressed to release the sailors.
It said Moscow was acting "within the norms of worldwide law" in arresting the Ukrainians. Their names were put on the list of persons and entities involved in the violation of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, which was extended for another six months.
The EU said its sanctions affected senior security service officials and military commanders accused of preventing Ukrainian ships from reaching port.
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FILE - Ukrainian naval ships, seized by Russian Federation, are seen anchored in a port in Kerch, in Russia-occupied Crimea, Nov. 28, 2018.
The six defense firms were targeted over their operations in Russian-annexed Crimea, where the United States says several "misappropriated Ukrainian state assets to provide services to the Russian military".
New companies on the US sanctions list are the following: Yaroslavsky Shipbuilding Plant, Zelenodolsk Shipyard Plant named after A.M. Gorky, AO Kontsern Okeanpribor (Okeanpribor), PAO Zvezda (Zvezda), AO Zavod Fiolent (Fiolent), GUP RK KTB Sudokompozit (Sudokompozit), LLC SK Consol-Stroi LTD, and LLC Novye Proekty.
Canada is also sanctioning a number of individuals and entities responsible for the illegal invasion and ongoing occupation of Crimea and the destabilization of eastern Ukraine.
"The pretext for including our countrymen in the illegitimate sanctions list of the European Union astounds with hypocrisy and cynicism", the Russian foreign ministry said.
The billionaire was slapped with sanctions in April a year ago, which targeted tycoons with close ties to the Kremlin. He claimed his net worth has dropped by $7.5bn because of the measures.