Canada imposes new sanctions on Russia after Putin annexes Ukrainian regions – National

Canada imposed new sanctions on Russian officials and elites on Friday after President Vladimir Putin formally annexed four regions from Ukraine.

Forty-three Russian oligarchs, financial elites and their family members, as well as 35 senior Russian-backed officials in Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, are now under Canadian sanctions.

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The four regions were illegally annexed by Russia earlier today after Putin signed documents in a ceremony at the Kremlin.

The annexation comes after voting took place in the four occupied regions from September 23-27. Pro-Moscow officials said on Tuesday that 93% of the votes cast in the Zaporizhzhia region supported annexation, as did 87% in the Kherson region, 98% in the Luhansk region and 99% in Donetsk. Many Western leaders have denounced the legitimacy of the votes.

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“These individuals and entities are complicit in President Putin’s desperate attempt to undermine the principles of state sovereignty and share responsibility for the ongoing senseless bloodshed throughout Ukraine,” Ottawa said in a statement. Friday press release.

“Building on similar measures that Canada has already imposed on the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, certain business transactions in or with the Russian-occupied areas of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions, including investment and export, are henceforth prohibited.”


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Putin will annex 4 Ukrainian territories to Russia after referendums


Putin will annex 4 Ukrainian territories to Russia after referendums

Putin’s proclamation of Russian rule over 15% of Ukraine – the largest annexation in Europe since World War II – has been firmly rejected by the West. It comes as Russian forces have suffered setbacks on the battlefield, with one of the worst looming so far even as Putin made the official announcement.

Pro-Russian officials acknowledged that Russian troops were about to be surrounded at Lyman, their main garrison in northern Donetsk province. A defeat there could pave the way for Ukraine to retake swaths of the territory that Putin has now declared part of Russia.

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Earlier in the week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said “tougher sanctions” were coming as part of Moscow’s decision.


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Trudeau: Canada will never recognize Putin’s referendums in occupied Ukraine


Trudeau: Canada will never recognize Putin’s referendums in occupied Ukraine

In Friday’s press release, Ottawa said Putin’s annexation had “no legitimacy.”

“His flagrant violations of international law are based on the imperial notion that his regime can redraw the map as it pleases,” the federal government said.

“The vote in the Russian Federal Assembly for the integration of Ukrainian territories is an attempt to formalize President Putin’s conquest through political theater. This fictitious process will not change Canada’s position. The borders will not change. The territory of Ukraine will remain that of Ukraine.

Canada’s allies also imposed new sanctions on Russia on Friday. The United States imposed sanctions on 14 people in Russia’s military-industrial complex, two heads of the country’s central bank, family members of senior officials and 278 members of the Russian legislature “for allowing Russia’s holding of sham referendums and attempts to annex sovereign Ukrainian territory”.

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The UK has sanctioned Russia’s Central Bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina, imposing an asset freeze and a travel ban. Britain has also imposed new export bans on services and goods, targeting “vulnerable sectors of the Russian economy”.

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In response to Russia’s annexation, Ukraine announced that it was formally submitting an application to join the NATO military alliance, which supported Kyiv with weapons throughout the war of seven. month.

Since the beginning of the February 24 invasion, Canada has imposed sanctions on an additional 1,400 individuals and entities from and in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. Previously, Ottawa imposed sanctions on more than 1,800 individuals and entities since 2014, when Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea region.

— with files from Reuters

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