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Canada ups sanctions against Yanukovych regime

Published on Feb 21, 2014 5:31 AM
 
Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Feb 12, 2014. Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych and his ministers linked to violence against protesters are no longer welcome in Canada, Mr Harper said on Feb 20, 2014 in announcing sanctions. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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.

 
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