Justin Trudeau Announces Support for Ukraine, Sanctions Against Russia
Despite ongoing disarray and growing public discontent with the Liberal government’s vaccine mandates, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has thrown Canada into yet another chaos, this time announcing military support for Ukraine and tough sanctions against Russia.
On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin officially recognized the sovereignty of the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine, and sent military support on a “peacekeeping” mission against alleged Kiev aggression. In response, the Canadian government— which is currently beseeched with vaccine mandate protests and subsequent public animosity with the invocation of the Emergencies Act— announced military support for Ukraine, as well as a new round of sanctions against Russia.
“This recognition is a violation of Russia’s obligation under international law and the Charter of the United Nations. Canada also denounces Russian military actions, including orders to move into Ukraine which is a clear incursion of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” said Trudeau. As a result, the prime minister on Tuesday instructed the deployment of an additional 460 Canadian military personnel to support the NATO’s mission in securing the eastern borders of Ukraine against Russian aggression.
In addition, the federal government is also prohibiting Canadians from taking part in any financial activities with the Donetsk and Luhansk republics, as well as banning the purchase of Russian sovereign debt. Trudeau is also sanctioning all Russian parliament members that voted in favour of granting the Donbass region independence, and imposing sanctions on two Russian government-owned banks. The sanctions will remain in effect until “the territorial integrity of Ukraine is restored.”
“It is not too late for Russia to seek a diplomatic resolution and re-establish a pathway to peace. But it is also clear that Russian actions violate international law and threaten international peace and security,” said Trudeau.
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