Canada ups sanctions against Yanukovych regime
OTTAWA (AFP) - Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych and his ministers linked to violence against protesters are no longer welcome in Canada, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday in announcing sanctions.
The Canadian move came after European Union foreign ministers in Brussels imposed sanctions on Ukrainian ministers and security officials with "blood on their hands," while German, American and Russian leaders backed a "political solution" to the crisis.
Ukraine's three-month stalemate has plunged into an orgy of bloodshed, claiming nearly 100 lives - mostly of protesters shot dead by police at point blank range in Kiev - since Tuesday night.
"The outrageous violence being witnessed by the world must cease, and we hold the regime responsible for these actions against its own citizens," Harper said in a statement.