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Ukraine Sanctions Expanded By Canada

02/20/2014 03:11 EST | Updated 04/22/2014 05:59 EDT
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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper gestures while speaking during a press conference in Toluca, Mexico, on February 19, 2014. The three leaders joined for the summit of North American Leaders focusing for talks on 'a range of issues important to the daily lives of all of North America's people, including economic competitiveness, entrepreneurship, trade and investment, and citizen security.' AFP PHOTO / Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Canada is expanding a travel ban on senior members of the Ukrainian government and imposing economic sanctions on President Viktor Yanukovych, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced in an emailed statement Thursday.​

“Canada continues to be outraged by the ongoing violence in Ukraine," Harper said in the statement.

"Our government has responded by introducing a travel ban on the regime’s senior leaders and announcing medical aid to assist the protesters in their time of need."

Ukrainian citizens, Harper said, "must be allowed to exercise their democratic right to peaceful protest without being subjected to deadly force and appalling brutality."

The government is expanding travel restrictions originally announced on Jan. 28 and imposing economic sanctions on the Yanukovych regime and its supporters, the news release said.

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