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Canada bans crude oil imports from Russia and sends anti-tank weapons to Ukraine

A wave of new support for Ukraine announced on Monday included the acceleration of the application program for Ukrainian refugees in Canada

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OTTAWA — Canada will send at least 100 anti-tank weapons and 2,000 rockets to Ukraine to help bolster its defense against increasingly aggressive Russian military advances, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said.

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During a press conference on Monday, Trudeau announced a series of new sanctions against Russia and Russian-backed organizations as well as new support for Ukraine, including the acceleration of the application program for Ukrainian refugees seeking to flee to Canada.

He also confirmed that Canadian banks are now barred from transacting with Russia’s central bank, a decision taken by a host of G7 and NATO allies.

The Prime Minister announced that Canada would also ban the import of Russian crude oil in the future, although none had entered the country since 2019. He did not say the ban would extend to oil refined Russian.

“Even though Canada has imported very limited quantities in recent years, this move sends a strong message,” Trudeau said, noting that the crude oil sector has “greatly benefited” Russian President Vladimir Putin and his oligarch allies.

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“The Russian government is now suffering the severity of our coordinated sanctions. It is increasingly clear that President Putin made a serious miscalculation. Today the ruble plunged to record lows and the Russian stock market was forced to shut down,” Trudeau said.

His government has also asked the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the country’s independent telecommunications and broadcasting regulator, to “review” the withdrawal of the state-sponsored Russian network, Russia. Today, Canadian Airways.

“In Russia, President Putin continues to block independent media and uses state-controlled media to spread lies and propaganda about his unjustified war. We will not allow such misinformation to spread in Canada,” Trudeau said.

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During the same press conference, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said the importance of the struggle to defend the Ukrainian capital Kyiv was similar to other legendary battles.

“There are times in history when the great struggle between freedom and tyranny comes down to a fight in one place, which is fought for all mankind,” Freeland said.

“In 1863, that place was Gettysburg. In 1940 it was the sky above Britain. Today, in 2022, it is Kyiv,” she added.

The anti-tank weapons that Canada sends to Ukraine are “Carl Gustaf” rifles, a reusable weapon of Swedish origin.

The latest weapons cache adds to the first package of more than $7 million in lethal equipment announced by Ottawa two weeks ago, which included handguns, machine guns and ammunition. This delivery was made via two successful shipments, a military spokesperson confirmed.

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  1. Members of the Ukrainian forces watch from a public transport bus in downtown Kiev on February 27, 2022.

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At a press conference earlier Monday, Foreign Minister Melanie Joly told reporters that the last cache of lethal weapons would be sent to Ukraine via Poland.

“We can make sure to send lethal aid to Ukraine. My role is to ensure that this aid reaches the arms of Ukrainian soldiers who are fighting for their lives,” said Joly.

“That’s exactly why I was able to get an agreement from Poland to make sure that this delivery could be done across their borders,” she added, noting that she would travel to Poland on Tuesday. in particular to “see with my own eyes” what is happening in Poland. Ukraine from the border.

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But Canada could face new problems getting weapons to Ukraine. Poland’s prime minister has warned that Russia could try to block the more than 300-mile border it shares with Ukraine, where tens of thousands of people have fled war.

We must act quickly as Russia threatens with a cut attack

Poland Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki

“We must act quickly because Russia is threatening a slashing attack,” Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Monday during a meeting with ambassadors in Warsaw, saying such a move would take place in Ukraine.

“There are already threats of attack from the north, from the side of Belarus, on this part of western Ukraine where the refugee movement is accumulating.”

Morawiecki did not provide any detailed information to back up his claims. Such a scenario would not involve an attack on NATO member Poland.

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Poland has become the main destination for Ukrainians since the start of the Russian invasion, with more than 300,000 people crossing the country since Thursday. This flow could increase by up to 100,000 a day, the prime minister said.

Ukrainian citizens arriving at the Medyka pedestrian border crossing fleeing conflict in their country, eastern Poland, on February 27, 2022. (Photo by WOJTEK RADWANSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
Ukrainian citizens arriving at the Medyka pedestrian border crossing fleeing conflict in their country, eastern Poland, on February 27, 2022. (Photo by WOJTEK RADWANSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Speaking to members of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva earlier today, Joly accused Russia of lying to the world three times in a row, his underlying message being that we don’t can’t trust the country’s rhetoric.

“Over the past few months, we have been saying that Russia is positioning troops and equipment to invade Ukraine. Russia said that was not the case, that there was nothing to worry about. Russia lied,” she began.

“We said Russian military gatherings along the border continue to grow. Russia said the drills were over and it was withdrawing its troops. It was another lie,” she continued.

“Russia told us that its military exercises in Belarus would end on February 20. This week, Belarus served as a launching pad for Russian forces as they invaded Ukraine. Belarus and the Russian Federation lied,” she added.

With additional reports from Bloomberg

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