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Canada slaps new sanctions on 15 Russians ahead of Zelenskyy’s address to Parliament.

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Canada is imposing new sanctions on 15 Russian officials who it says helped Russian President Vladimir Putin invade Ukraine.

The announcement comes less than two hours before Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is set to speak to the Canadian House of Commons about the ongoing war.

“Canada will not relent in its support of Ukraine and its people. President Putin made the choice to (further) his illegal and unjustifiable invasion, and he can also make the choice to end it by immediately ending the senseless violence and withdrawing his forces,” said Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly in the Tuesday morning press release.

“Canada will not hesitate to take further action should the Russian leadership fail to change course.”

The latest round of sanctions primarily target Russian military defence officials. Victor Pinchuk, one of Ukraine’s wealthiest citizens, is also named.

Canada has sanctioned over 900 individuals and entities in the last eight years — and 500 of those have been sanctioned since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began on Feb. 24.

Meanwhile, the war continues to rage on, with Russia’s advance proceeding more slowly than anticipated. But that pace hasn’t stopped the Russian forces from reportedly indiscriminately bombing civilian areas. In recent days, Russian forces have attacked a maternity hospital in the besieged port city of Mariupol and launched missiles at an international military training facility 20 kilometres from the Polish border.

The United Nations estimates 2.8 million Ukrainians are now refugees, forced to flee to neighbouring countries as millions of others remain as part of the resistance effort.

— More to come

— With files from Global News’ Amanda Connolly

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