Canada Parliament Recognises Russian Crimes in Ukraine As Genocide

Canada is among a number of countries that sanctioned Russia.

Canada has joined Estonia and Latvia in recognising Russian actions in Ukraine as a genocide.

The Canadian House of Commons' motion said that crimes in Ukraine “include mass atrocities, systematic instances of willful killing of Ukrainian civilians, the desecration of corpses, forcible transfer of Ukrainian children, torture, physical harm, mental harm, and rape”.

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it was "absolutely right" for more and more people to describe Russia's actions in Ukraine as genocide, supporting an accusation made by U.S. President Joe Biden a day earlier.

Canada sanctioned Russian individuals, firms

Canada is among a number of countries to have imposed sanctions on Russia after it invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24. On Wednesday, it imposed further sanctions on 203 individuals whom it says are complicit in Russia's attempted annexation of certain areas of the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine.

The Canadian government has also said it will change its sanctions laws to allow for funds or property seized or sanctioned from Russia to be paid out to help rebuild Ukraine or to those affected by Russia's invasion.

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