Minister Joly announces additional sanctions on Russian military officials and defence entities

News release

August 2, 2022 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Canada is imposing further sanctions in relation to Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine.

Despite calls from the international community to cease its egregious actions, the Russian regime continues to wage its senseless war. As such, to increase pressure on the Russian war machine, Canada is imposing new measures on 43 military officials and 17 entities that are complicit in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s senseless bloodshed, including the horrific events in Bucha, Ukraine. Canada strongly condemns the murder of civilians in Ukraine and will use every tool at its disposal to ensure that violations of international law across Ukraine, including those in Bucha, are fully investigated.

These new sanctions are the latest example of Canada’s efforts to stand with Ukraine in defence of its sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence. Canada continues to coordinate with like-minded partners to ensure that those who commit atrocities are held to account.

Canada also continues to work with its international partners to coordinate actions and explore options for new measures in response to the Russian regime’s unjustifiable acts.


“We will not allow Vladimir Putin and his enablers to act with impunity. The Russian war machine’s egregious actions will not be forgotten, and Canada will continue to work with its partners in the international community to hold it to account. Canada stands with Ukraine.

- 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 1,600 individuals and entities. Many of these sanctions have been undertaken in coordination with Canada’s allies and partners.

  • Since Russia’s further invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, Canada has imposed sanctions on more than 1,150 additional individuals and entities from and in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. 

  • In March 2022, Canada 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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