(Ottawa) The Canadian government will send heavy artillery into Ukraine, where fighting has intensified since the beginning of the week. Ottawa is also imposing sanctions on 14 Kremlin collaborators, including two of President Vladimir Putin’s eldest daughters.
Posted at 12:37pm
Updated at 4:01 p.m
What there is to know
- Canada will send heavy artillery to support Ukrainian counteroffensive.
- The war is “really going on now,” says one of Zelensky’s advisors.
- Joe Biden invited the heads of state and government of several countries to a meeting on Ukraine on Tuesday.
- Ottawa put 14 people, including Vladimir Putin’s two daughters, on its sanctions list.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claimed to be “very aware” of Kiev’s “most special” needs and said on Tuesday shipments of heavy arms would soon be shipped across the Atlantic to help Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s troops resist Russian invaders afford to.
“The last request [des Ukrainiens] in Canada to help them with heavy artillery, because the war is at this stage. And Canada will send heavy artillery to Ukraine,” he assured on the sidelines of a press conference in New Brunswick, where he came to boost the federal budget.
He made the comments after attending a meeting hosted by US President Joe Biden about the war in Ukraine. Also attending will be the heads of state and government of France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Poland, Romania, the United Kingdom, the European Union and NATO.
The Prime Minister signaled that details on the delivery of military equipment would follow soon.
National Defense Minister Anita Anand reported a few weeks ago that Ottawa was buying deadly third-party weapons as the Canadian Armed Forces’ stockpile of equipment, first drawn on to arm Ukrainians, was exhausted.
The federal budget presented on April 7 includes an envelope of 500 million for additional military aid to Ukraine. This sum comes on top of the approximately 90 million previously announced for lethal and non-lethal military equipment.
President Zelenskyy has been begging the West for weeks to supply him with lethal equipment.
“Unfortunately, the West is not doing enough […] Now the war is really on and the battle is to be won [du Donbass] and this war. We need more weapons,” his deputy chief of staff Igor Zhovkva said in an excerpt of a CNN interview published by the channel on Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, the Trudeau government had followed in the footsteps of the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States by also imposing penalties on the Kremlin strongman’s eldest daughters Katerina Tikhonova, 35, and Maria Vorontsova, 36 years old.
At the same time, it is sanctioning 12 Russian regime collaborators and oligarchs “for facilitating and allowing violations of Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence,” according to Global Affairs Canada’s website.
These measures lead to the freezing of the assets of the individuals and organizations concerned.
When Washington announced sanctions against the two women on April 6, a senior Biden administration official said the president was likely using family members to hide financial assets.
Born from the union of Vladimir Putin and Lyudmila Ocheretnaya, Maria and Katerina are rarely seen in public. “Not all fathers are as loving with their children as he is. He always spoiled her, so it was up to me to discipline her,” the president’s ex-wife explains in a biography on the Kremlin website.
With these latest additions to the sanctions list, there are now more than 750 individuals and entities from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus whom Canada has sanctioned since the Russian army invaded Ukraine on February 24.
And Ottawa is ready to continue to crack down, affirmed Canada’s Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly.
“We will continue to impose heavy costs on the Russian regime, in coordination with our allies, and tirelessly hold accountability for their actions. They will have to answer for their crimes,” she said in a statement Tuesday.
In response to Canadian sanctions, the Putin regime banned the vast majority of members of the House of Commons, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and members of the Canadian Senate from entering its territory.