Ottawa said it would not “stand idly by” Putin’s attempts to change Ukraine’s borders.
The Canadian government has announced that it has imposed sanctions against more than 200 people in the Donbas loyal to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian forces have supported separatist rebels in the Donbas for eight years since the Russian annexation of the Crimean peninsula in 2014.
“Canada will not stand idly by while President Putin and his accomplices try to redraw Ukraine’s borders with impunity,” Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said. “International law must be respected.”
Joly’s office said that the new measures will affect 11 high-ranking officials and 192 members of the “people’s councils” of the self-proclaimed “DNR” and “LNR” in connection with their support for Putin’s attack on the region.