Canada imposes sanctions on 203 individuals complicit in attempted annexation of certain areas of Donbass, Ukraine

News release

April 27, 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 (Ukraine) Regulations in response to President Putin’s illegal and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine.

These new measures impose restrictions on 11 senior officials and 192 other members of the People’s Councils of the so-called Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics who are complicit in the Russian regime’s ongoing violations of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The Russian regime’s attempted annexation of certain areas of Donbass is a blatant violation of international law. Today’s measures apply further pressure on President Putin and those complicit in the horrific events occurring in Ukraine.

Canada continues to call for the immediate withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukrainian soil. Canada will coordinate further actions with its partners in the international community and will continue to hold President Putin and his accomplices accountable for this senseless war.

Canada will not stop putting pressure on the regime.


“Canada will not stand idly by and watch President Putin and his accomplices attempt to redraw the borders of Ukraine with impunity. International law must be respected. Canada is using every tool at its disposal to ensure that the rules-based international order is upheld and that those complicit in violations of international law answer for their crimes.”

- Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick facts

  • Since Russia’s illegal occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea in 2014, Canada has imposed sanctions on more than 1,400 individuals and entities. Many of these sanctions have been undertaken in coordination with Canada’s allies and partners. Canada’s latest sanctions impose asset freezes and prohibitions on listed individuals and entities.

  • Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, Canada has imposed sanctions on nearly 1,000 individuals and entities from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

  • In March 2022, Canada has referred the situation in Ukraine to the International Criminal Court (ICC), in concert with other ICC member states, in light of the numerous allegations of serious international crimes committed by Russian forces in Ukraine, including war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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