Canada to punish ‘close associates’ of Russia and Belarus with new sanctions – National

Canada is targeting “close associates” of the Russian and Belarusian governments with new sanctions amid the ongoing war in Ukraine.

The upcoming sentences will be imposed on nine Russians and nine Belarusians for “facilitating and permitting violations of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine”, the government announced on Monday.

“These individuals are close associates of the Russian and Belarusian regimes,” the government said in a statement. Press release.

“In addition to several measures taken by Canada to support Ukraine and its people, these measures demonstrate that Canada will not hesitate to hold (Russian President) Vladimir Putin and his enablers accountable for their flagrant and illegal acts.

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The identity of those sanctioned was not immediately communicated.

Since Putin ordered his troops into Ukraine on February 24, Canada and its allies have imposed several crippling sanctions on Russia and its allies to deter them from escalating the war further.

The latest round of sanctions from Ottawa comes as world leaders go after Russia amid the discovery of what appear to be civilian bodies in the suburbs of kyiv, specifically Bucha.

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Worldwide condemnation of the execution of civilians in Ukraine

Worldwide condemnation of the execution of civilians in Ukraine

Ukrainian authorities allege Russia committed war crimes during its occupation of the city, which was liberated late last week after forces left Moscow.

“The horrors we saw in Bucha are just the tip of the iceberg of all the crimes (which) were committed by the Russian military,” Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Monday.

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“Half measures are no longer enough. I demand the toughest penalties this week. It is the plea of ​​the victims of the rapes and the killings. If you have any doubts about the penalties, go to Bucha first.

A person inspects the mass destruction of Bucha after he was released from the Russian army in Ukraine on April 4.

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The government cited Bucha’s development in its sanctions announcement on Monday, calling the findings “odious”.

“Canada will not sit idly by as the senseless killing of innocent civilians by Russian forces in Ukraine continues. We will spare no effort to ensure that violations of international law in Ukraine are investigated and perpetrators held accountable,” the government said.

“Canada continues to work with its international partners to uphold the rules-based international order and push for a full investigation into reports of war crimes in Bucha and elsewhere in Ukraine, including by the International Criminal Court.

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Russia sent tens of thousands of troops to Ukraine on February 24 in what it called a ‘special operation’ to diminish its southern neighbor’s military capabilities and rid it of people it called dangerous nationalists. .

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Ukrainian forces mounted fierce resistance and the West imposed serious sanctions on Russia in an effort to force it to withdraw its forces.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called the Russian campaign “genocide”, a term he used at different times during the war, saying Putin intended to wipe out the nation and its people.

“We are the citizens of Ukraine and we don’t want to be controlled. … This is the reason we are destroyed,” he told the CBS program. Confront the Nation the weekend.

— with files from The Associated Press and Reuters.

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