U.S. Sanctions in Response to the Invasion of Ukraine

In February and early March, the U.S. government in coordination with U.S. Allies and partners, imposed severe financial and export control restrictions on Russia and entities supporting the Russian government. These measures are the most comprehensive application of Commerce’s export authorities on U.S. items, including technology, as well as on foreign items produced using U.S. equipment, software, and blueprints, targeting a single nation. See press releases from the Department of Commerce (DOC) & the Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS): 2-24-2022, 3-3-2022.

These restrictions are likely to change and may affect current or future University collaborations, agreements, and research projects in these areas.


Multiple Russian & Belarus businesses, banks, and individuals are now restricted by the U.S. Government (as well as their supporters), with sanction expansions expected. Conducting business or other activities (including research, which counts as a service) with restricted parties, their subsidiaries or family members may be prohibited or require an export license. Export Control staff can assist in identifying barred parties through Restricted Party Screenings.


The provision of services or items that previously did not require a license now require government authorization (with a policy of denial). The export sanctions are intended to restrict high-level technologies that would advance Russia’s defense, maritime, and aviation growth. Many items and technologies subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) are affected, including but not limited to computers, semiconductors, telecommunication, encryption security, lasers, sensors, navigation, avionics, propulsion, aerospace, and maritime technologies. Export Control staff are closely monitoring new license requirements with additional sanctions anticipated.

Please contact the Office of Research Integrity at ori@uncg.edu for guidance if you currently have or anticipate any activities involving individuals, colleagues, businesses, universities, etc. in Russia, the Russian annexed sections of Ukraine, or Belarus such as:

  • Collaborating on research or other projects
  • Shipments
  • Financial transactions
  • Technology exchanges

Please see International Collaborations & International Travel for additional information.