Canada targets Russian defense sector with new Ukraine sanctions

Canada is targeting the Russian defense industry with its latest round of sanctions following Moscow’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine.

Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said the new measures place restrictions on 33 Russian defense sector entities.

She says the organizations have provided support to the Russian military – directly or indirectly – and are therefore complicit in the pain and suffering resulting from Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine.

The measures inaugurate asset freezes and bans for listed entities, including the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Integral SPB and Shipyard Vympel JSC.

Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said the new sanctions target entities complicit in Russia’s war in Ukraine. (The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld)

Following the Russian attack, which began on February 24, Canada imposed sanctions on more than 700 individuals and entities from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

Canada pledges ‘unwavering support for Ukraine’

Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, Canada has imposed sanctions on more than 1,100 individuals and entities.

“Canada has always been and always will be at Ukraine’s side,” Joly said in a statement. “Today’s actions are the latest example of our unwavering support for Ukraine and its people.

“We will continue to support the brave men and women fighting for their freedom, and demand that those responsible for atrocities be held accountable.”

A woman walks past a bomb-damaged building in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on April 10. (Andrew Marienko/Associated Press)

On Sunday, Russian forces shelled government-held Kharkiv and sent reinforcements towards Izyum in the southeast in a bid to break through Ukrainian defences, the Ukrainian military command said.

The Russians also maintained their siege of Mariupol, a key southern port that was attacked and surrounded for more than a month.

Recently released satellite images from Maxar Technologies showed a 13-kilometer convoy of military vehicles heading south towards the Donbass, reminiscent of images of a convoy that got stuck on kyiv roads for weeks before the Russia does not give up trying to take the capital.

“The whole European project is a target”

In a late-night video message, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky claimed Russia’s aggression “was not meant to be confined to Ukraine alone.” “The whole European project is a target,” he said.

“That is why it is not only the moral duty of all democracies, of all forces of Europe, to support Ukraine’s desire for peace,” Zelensky said. “It is, in fact, a defense strategy for every civilized state.”

The Ukrainian leader also thanked British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who paid a surprise visit to kyiv on Saturday. Zelensky said they discussed “how the UK will help rebuild Ukraine after the war”, in particular to rebuild the Kyiv region.

Ukrainian authorities have accused Russian forces of committing war crimes against civilians, including airstrikes on hospitals, a missile attack that killed 52 people at a train station and other violence that came to light then. that Russian soldiers were withdrawing from the outskirts of kyiv.