Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement announcing that Canada has imposed economic sanctions and travel bans against an additional 17 Ukrainian and Russian officials:
“Our Government is taking a strong stance in our support for Ukraine. We will continue to take action to limit the capabilities of individuals responsible for undermining Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and for facilitating Russian military action against Ukraine.
“Russia’s continuing actions are illegitimate and a deliberate violation of the rights and freedoms of the Ukrainian people. President Putin continues to defy the international community, and until a diplomatic solution is reached, we will consider further actions and repercussions.”