Advertisement

Canada sanctions 22 Belarusian officials over Ukraine war as opposition leader visits

Click to play video: 'Ukraine, Russia trade blame over nuclear plant shelling'
Ukraine, Russia trade blame over nuclear plant shelling
WATCH: Ukraine, Russia trade blame over nuclear plant shelling – Nov 21, 2022

Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly announced new sanctions on Belarus Tuesday in response to its support for Russia’s war on Ukraine.

Joly says in a statement that Belarusian leadership is enabling human-rights violations and allowing the country to serve as a launching pad for Russia’s attacks.

Read more: Canada sanctions Iranian drone makers amid Russian strikes in Ukraine

Read next: Deadly Turkey earthquake exposes dangers of major fault lines below

Canada is adding 22 Belarusian officials to the sanctions list, including people who are involved in the stationing and transport of Russian military personnel and equipment.

The sanctions also affect 16 Belarusian companies across the military manufacturing, tech, engineering, banking and rail sectors.

The announcement comes as the country’s exiled opposition leader, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, visits Ottawa for meetings with Joly, members of Parliament and senators.

Story continues below advertisement
Click to play video: 'Canadian Shield: Making armoured vehicles for Ukraine'
Canadian Shield: Making armoured vehicles for Ukraine

Joly says the two intend to discuss the complicity of President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime in the war and the importance of upholding democracy in Belarus.

Lukashenko came to power in 2020 elections widely considered to be fraudulent.

Read more: Ukraine will prevail over Russia in conflict, Zelenskyy says on Maidan anniversary

Read next: Real-life Doogie Howser: Boy, 9, becomes one of the youngest-ever high school graduates

Tsikhanouskaya, the main opposition challenger, fled to Lithuania after the vote under official pressure, and the government unleashed a sweeping crackdown on protests, arresting more than 35,000 people.

“President Lukashenko’s complete disregard for human rights, both domestically and abroad, is unjustifiable,” Joly’s statement says.

“These measures will exert further pressure on the Belarusian leadership. President Lukashenko must cease being an instrument of the Russian regime.”

Story continues below advertisement

— With files from The Associated Press.

Sponsored content