Canada imposes more sanctions against Russian people, companies over Ukraine

Canada imposes more sanctions against Russian people, companies over Ukraine
OTTAWA - Canada is restricting the finances of another 129 people, companies and organizations over Russia s treatment of Ukraine.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced the new sanctions today, calling the measures a response to the ongoing occupation of Crimea and the Russian arrests of Ukrainian sailors in the Black Sea last November.

The targets include a former deputy prime minister and current chairman of Russian s state oil company, wealthy friends of President Vladimir Putin and mid-ranking public officials, and industrial concerns such as aircraft corporations and a shipyard.

Global Affairs Canada says the list of people and entities sanctioned over Russia s aggression toward Ukraine has now reached 429.

The relationship between Ukraine and Russia has grown ever more tense since protests drove Ukraine s Russian-backed president Viktor Yanukovych from office in 2014.

Russia responded by occupying Ukraine s southern Crimean Peninsula and helping separatists in eastern Ukrainian provinces close to the Russian border begin a violent rebellion.
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