Ottawa pledges $32M to boost Ukraine security on anniversary of Russian war – National
Ottawa on Friday announced more than $32 million in security assistance to Ukraine as the war-torn country entered a year of full-blown conflict with neighboring Russia.
The federal government’s announcement comes as G7 countries prepare a new set of sanctions against Russia, which started the war on February 24, 2022 when President Vladimir Putin ordered the deployment of troops to neighboring countries. is done on
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About $9.7 million of Friday’s announcement came from the $151.7 million Ukraine aid package announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. June 2022the government said in a news release.
Friday’s announcement included $7.5 million for demining operations, $13 million for “accountability efforts” including addressing conflict-related sexual violence, and $13 million for countering chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats. $12 million included.
“Over the past year, Canada and the international community have come together like never before to support Ukraine’s resilience in the face of President Putin’s attacks,” said Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie. in a statement.
“Canada’s support for Ukraine’s sovereignty is unwavering. We will not back down until Russia is held accountable for its crimes.”
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Additionally, the government announced on Friday that it had joined the Ukrainian Atrocities Advisory Group (ACA) along with the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union. The group will assist Ukraine’s war crimes department and the prosecutor general to investigate and prosecute war crimes committed in Ukraine, the government said.
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Since Russia’s invasion, the federal government said it has committed more than $5 billion to multifaceted aid to Ukraine. This includes over $2.6 billion in aid, over $1.2 billion in military aid, $320 million in humanitarian aid, $96 million in development assistance, and over $68 million. Millions in security and stability programming.
G7 prepares to impose new sanctions
The leaders of the G7 countries, including Canada, were scheduled to meet virtually on Friday to finalize what is expected to be new sanctions against Russia on Russia’s Invasion Day.
Earlier in the day, Britain and the United States announced new sanctions, including export bans and tariffs on all materials used in the war, as well as “third-country actors” supporting Russia’s war effort in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. charged separately.
Hours after Putin launched his invasion last year, the G7 met to impose tough sanctions on Russia. It is the first of several packages aimed at limiting Russia’s ability to fund the war effort in Ukraine.
Not supporting Ukraine could be ‘catastrophic’ for world: Trudeau
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On Thursday, Prime Minister Trudeau told reporters that Canada and its allies would support Ukraine in the near future.
“The Ukrainian people are not only fighting to defend their territory, their language or their sovereign identity, but also their territorial integrity, respect for sovereignty, respect for international law and the United Nations Charter.” Trudeau told reporters in Halifax.
“Russia has chosen to destabilize it and call it all into question. You may be right, now.Perhaps we have a larger army than our neighbors, so we can invade and attack.
“The consequences of Canadians’ failure to support Ukraine, and the world’s current failure to support Ukraine, could be devastating for the entire planet. I will stand as long as I can.”
— Using files from Reuters
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