In a busy week, the Canadian government imposed sanctions on 203 people loyal to President Vladimir Putin and his war, proposed new legislation to allocate frozen Russian assets to victims in Ukraine and unanimously declared that the war itself amounts to genocide against the Ukrainian people. .
declared that the latest sanctions target 11 senior officials and 192 other council members of the so-called People’s Republics of Luhansk and Donetsk “who are complicit in the Russian regime’s continued violations of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” .Global Affairs Canada
Both republics are widely seen as illegitimate in the eyes of the global community, in addition to being little more than puppet governments under the influence of the Kremlin.
“Canada will not sit idly by and watch President Putin and his accomplices attempt to redraw Ukraine’s borders with impunity,” said Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs. “Canada is using all the tools at its disposal to ensure that the rules-based international order is upheld and that accomplices to violations of international law are held accountable for their crimes.
The move follows another round of sanctions imposed last week, in which the government targeted 14 people with close ties to Putin and his authoritarian rule.
Before Putin ordered his forces into Ukraine two months ago, his support for separatist insurgencies in the Donbass war had claimed more than 10,000 lives.
To alleviate the suffering of the Ukrainian people, the Canadian government also proposed new legislation on Wednesday that would redistribute frozen Russian assets on behalf of war victims.
“There was a weak link in our sanctions package,” Joly said. CTV News“which was the possibility for the government to be able to sell the seized assets and then use the profits to compensate the victims of this war against Ukraine”.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs noted that Canada is the first G7 country to propose such legislation. Others, like the Magnitsky Act, merely freeze Russian assets, essentially depriving them of all their value.
“We knew we had to go further,” Joly said.
Several nations around the world have already sanctioned hundreds of Russian oligarchs for billions of dollars. These assets, observed Joly, could contribute greatly to the reconstruction of Ukraine.
And on the same day, Canadian MP Heather McPherson successfully passed a motion in the House of Commons recognizing that Russia’s war against the Ukrainian people amounts to genocide.
“There is clear and abundant evidence of systemic and massive war crimes and crimes against humanity committed against the people of Ukraine by the armed forces of the Russian Federation led by President Vladimir Putin and others in Parliament Russian,” the lawmaker said in a statement. Prepared statement.
Among the war crimes condemned by the Canadian government are the deliberate torture, rape and murder of Ukrainian civilians at the hands of Russian armed forces, as well as other mass atrocities.
McPherson, who is her party’s foreign affairs leader, led the House to pass the motion unanimously.