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Canada and the Russian invasion of Ukraine

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Political situation

In 2014, Russia violated Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity by illegally occupying Crimea and Sevastopol. Since then, Russia has continued its aggressive actions and attempts to destabilize Ukraine through disinformation campaigns, malicious hybrid and cyber operations, and through military build-ups in and around Ukraine. On February 24, 2022, Russia launched a large-scale military attack against Ukraine and its people.

Russia’s unprovoked and unjustifiable attack of Ukraine violates international law, jeopardize stability in the entire region and puts countless innocent lives at risk. It also threatens the values and principles that underpin the rules-based international order, including a state’s right to sovereignty and self determination.

Canada is steadfast in our commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and independence. Alongside our international partners and allies we unequivocally condemn Russia’s illegal and egregious actions.

Canada-Ukraine bilateral relations

On December 2, 1991, Canada became the first western country to recognize Ukraine’s independence. Since then, Canada and Ukraine have enjoyed a close bilateral relationship that spans cooperation on security and defence, trade, and advancing Ukraine’s democratic and economic reform efforts. Our bilateral relationship is strengthened by warm people-to-people ties, and an active Ukrainian-Canadian community of more than 1.4 million citizens.

Since 2014, Canada has provided Ukraine with more than $890 million in multifaceted assistance, including humanitarian assistance, development assistance and peace and stabilization. Supporting Ukraine’s security sector and defence reform remains a flagship area of our engagement.

In-person services at the Embassy of Canada to Ukraine in Kyiv are temporarily suspended due to the Russian military invasion. Consular services for Canadians in Ukraine continue to be available from Warsaw, Poland and other countries in the region. Learn more about assistance for Canadians in Ukraine.

Targeted sanctions

Since Russia’s illegal occupation of Crimea in 2014, Canada has been a leader in international support for the government of Ukraine and its people. In coordination with partners and allies, we have imposed sanctions against more than 900 Russian and Ukrainian individuals and entities, involved in violations of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Canada’s sanctions impose asset freezes and dealings prohibitions.

In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Canada is imposing new sanctions. The new sanctions include restrictions on individuals who are key members of President Putin’s inner circle, close contacts and family members of some individuals already sanctioned by Canada, and key financial institutions.

Export controls

On February 24, 2022, Canada announced restrictions on exports to Russia. Canada stopped the issuance of new export permit applications and cancelled valid existing export permits for controlled goods and technology to Russia. Permits are required for the export and brokering of goods and technology controlled under Canada’s Export and Import Permits Act.

Canada’s Export Control List identifies specific goods and technology that are controlled for export from Canada to other countries, regardless of their means of delivery. Canada will continue to monitor the evolving situation and may reassess its export controls policy toward Russia in light of changes on the ground.

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