Ukrainians in Canada call the Government to act against Russia

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In response to the country’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine

On November 8, 2018, following the adoption of additional U.S. sanctions against Russian entities, officials and individuals supporting the occupation of Crimea and interference in eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress called Canada’s authorities to expand Canadian sanctions against Russia.

As stated on the official website of the organization, “since November 2016, Canada has taken no actions on sanctions” against the above-mentioned Russian actors responsible for Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the existing conflict in Donbass. The Chief Executive Officer of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Ihor Michalchyshyn, concludes that “Canada continues to fall behind our American allies in the breadth and scope of sanctions implemented against the Russian regime.” The suggested solution to pursue the United States in their approach to the Russian government’s Ukrainian agenda is to mirror all the U.S. sanctions “that have been imposed on Russia since November 2016.”

On November 8, 2018, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctioned three individuals and nine entities in connection with human rights violations against Ukrainian people and business interests in Crimea. The full list of names and reasons for designation can be accessed through the Department’s website. Meanwhile, according to Sigal Mandelker, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, these sanctions “are a clear reminder that efforts seeking to normalize investment and economic relationships with those operating in Crimea will not be tolerated and are subject to U.S. and EU sanctions authorities.”

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