Putin critic Navalny aids Canada in latest Russian sanctions list, says Trudeau – National
Canada is sanctioning 10 more people in response to Russia’s war on Ukraine on the advice of President Vladimir Putin’s top critic, Alexei Navalny.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the new UK sanctions alongside British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
The 10 individuals are “accomplices in this unwarranted invasion,” Trudeau said. Their identities were not immediately revealed.
“This includes former and current senior government officials, oligarchs and supporters of Russian leadership,” he said. “The names of these people come from a list compiled by imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny.”
Trudeau was in the UK on Monday to meet with Johnson and Rutte to kick off his week in Europe where he will discuss Russia’s war in Ukraine with Canada’s allies.
Navalny, 45, has been in prison since 2021 after returning from Germany earlier that year, where he underwent months of treatment to recover from poisoning with a rare nerve agent in Siberia in August 2020.
Navalny, who has been a thorn in the side of the Russian president for years, called on Russians to stage daily protests against Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
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On Monday, Ukrainian and Russian officials met for a third round of talks after Moscow announced a new ceasefire and a handful of humanitarian corridors to allow civilians to flee Ukraine.
However, previous measures crumbled, and Moscow’s armed forces continued to bombard some Ukrainian cities with rockets even after the announcement.
On Sunday, hundreds of thousands of civilians trying to flee were forced to take shelter from what Ukrainian officials said were Russian bombardments in towns in the center, north and south of the country.
The war, which began Feb. 24 after Putin ordered his troops into the country, is well into its second week. However, Putin’s plan to quickly invade the country has met with fierce resistance.
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Russian troops have made significant progress in southern Ukraine and along the coast, but many of their efforts have stalled, including a massive military convoy that stood almost motionless for days north of Kiev.
Since the start of the invasion, Western allies, including Canada, have punished Russia and its collaborators with harsh sanctions and threatened to impose more if Moscow continues its aggression in Ukraine.
Johnson announced on Monday that the United Kingdom, Canada and the Netherlands would create an international support group to coordinate efforts by allies to provide Ukraine with “long-term and unwavering assistance now and in the future.” .
Canada targets Russia and Belarus with tariffs, sends deadlier aid to Ukraine
Last week, Canada announced it was imposing 35% tariffs on goods from Russia and its ally Belarus. In addition, the federal government is revoking the status of Russia and Belarus as most favored nation trading partners under the provisions of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
In addition to sanctions, Canada has promised to continue to support Ukraine in its fight against Russia. National Defense Minister Anita Anand said last week that Ottawa would send up to 4,500 M72 rocket launchers and up to 7,500 hand grenades in addition to previous lethal aid sent to the country.
Canada will also provide Ukraine with $1 million to purchase modern high-resolution satellite imagery, Anand added.
Russian-Ukrainian conflict: According to the UN, the refugee crisis is the fastest in Europe since the Second World War
Russia calls its invasion of Ukraine a ‘special operation’ which it says is not designed to occupy territory, but to destroy its southern neighbor’s military capabilities and capture what it considers dangerous nationalists.
US and Ukrainian officials have said Russia aims to capture Kiev and overthrow the government, which Putin sees as a US puppet.
The conflict has uprooted more than 1.5 million people in what the United Nations calls Europe’s fastest growing refugee crisis since World War II.
In the weeks leading up to the war, Moscow had amassed around 150,000 troops near the border and continually denied Western accusations that it was planning an invasion of Ukraine.
Top Russian and Ukrainian diplomats to meet in Turkey as war rages on
Talks to end the war have yet to produce a breakthrough.
On Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba are due to meet at a forum in southern Turkey, which could be the first potential talks between top diplomats since the start of the war.
— with files from The Associated Press and Reuters.
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