Canada sanctions Russia for ‘invading’ Ukraine and promises more troops for Europe

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is sending hundreds more troops to Eastern Europe and imposing new sanctions on Russia in response to the deployment of forces in Ukraine.

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is sending hundreds more troops to Eastern Europe and imposing new sanctions on Russia in response to the deployment of forces in Ukraine.

Trudeau says up to 460 more members of the Canadian Armed Forces are being sent to Latvia and the surrounding region to bolster NATO in response to what he described as a Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The new troops will be deployed along with an additional naval frigate and an Aurora surveillance aircraft, adding to the 540 forces already deployed to Latvia.

According to Trudeau, alongside its allies, Canada is also taking a number of steps to financially isolate Russia by imposing economic sanctions on a number of Russian parliamentarians, business leaders and companies, including banks and defense contractors.

Canada also bans the purchase of Russian government bonds and any financial dealings with the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Monday recognizing these two regions as independent, before ordering Russian troops into the areas.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on February 22, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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