WATCH: Minister of National Defence Rob Nicholson says the latest sanctions is another message to the Putin regime to end its actions in Ukraine.
OTTAWA – Canada has slapped fresh economic sanctions and travel bans on some Russian and Ukrainian groups and individuals.
The sanctions and bans come amid reports Russia is massing thousands of troops along the Ukrainian border.
The measures, aimed at some 19 people and 22 groups and banks, follow previous sanctions and travel bans by Canada.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Russia’s occupation of the Crimean peninsula and provocative military activity in eastern Ukraine is a “grave concern” to Canada and the world.
Harper says Canada is prepared to take further actions if Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government continues its military aggression.
Fighting is still raging in eastern Ukraine between government forces and pro-Russian separatists.
© The Canadian Press, 2014