Canada imposes additional sanctions on enablers of President Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine

News release

March 15, 2022 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Canada is imposing new sanctions under the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations in response to the Russian regime’s illegal and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine.

These new measures impose restrictions on 15 Russian officials who enabled and supported President Putin’s choice to invade a peaceful and sovereign country.  

As part of Canada’s growing list of sanctions on Russian leadership, these new measures will apply additional pressure on President Putin to reverse course. His choice to further invade violates Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence. 

Aligning with measures taken by our partners in the international community, the actions taken today demonstrate a global commitment to impose sweeping economic measures on the Russian leadership to weaken its ability to wage war.  


“Canada will not relent in its support of Ukraine and its people. President Putin made the choice to furher his illegal and unjustifiable invasion, and he can also make the choice to end it by immediately ending the senseless violence and withdrawing his forces. Canada will not hesitate to take further action should the Russian leadership fail to change course.”

-      Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick facts

  • Since Russia’s illegal occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea in 2014, Canada has sanctioned over 900 individuals and entities, with many of these sanctions undertaken in coordination with our allies and partners. Canada’s sanctions will impose asset freezes and dealings prohibitions on listed persons.

  •  Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, Canada has sanctioned nearly 500 individuals and entities from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

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