Canada seized this Saturday a russian cargo plane in it toronto airport who belongs to the company Volga-Dnepr Airlinesan entity that has been sanctioned by the Canadian authorities for its “complicity” with the invasion of Ukraine.
It is the first time since the start of the illegal incursion of Russian troops into Ukraine that Canada has seized assets from a Kremlin-related entity.
He Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated in a statement that the seizure of the cargo plane is “the first step” of a new regime of seizures recently approved by Ottawa with the objective of “put more pressure on Russia” and get him to withdraw from Ukraine.
The Canadian government said that if it finally takes possession of the plane, its intention is distribute its value as compensation to victims of human rights abuses or to “rebuild Ukraine”.
Canadian Foreign Minister, Melanie Joly, He claimed that the seizure is a “clear message” to Russia that “there will be no place left for those who support and benefit from the Kremlin’s war of aggression to hide”.
“Canada has been there to support Ukraine’s fight for freedom since day one and we will continue to be there during his victory to assist in the rebuilding efforts.”
The seizure is supported by the sanctions adopted during the meeting of the G7 countries in Japanwhose goal is to isolate Russia from the international financial system.
In December 2022, Canadian authorities blocked some 26 million dollars (about 24 million euros) belonging to Granite Capital Holdings Ltdwhose alleged owner is the Russian magnate Roman Abramovichsanctioned by the European Union.
Trudeau visit to kyiv
The announcement of the seizure of the Antonov 124 occurs on the same day as the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeaumade a surprise trip to kyiv to meet with Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky.
In kyiv, Trudeau pledged to provide $500 million worth of military aid to Ukraineas well as the training of Ukrainian pilots for American combat aircraft F-16.
The Canadian leader also referred to the destruction of the dam in southern Ukraine.
“We have seen the damage caused by the collapse of the dam of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station. This is a direct consequence of the war waged by Russia,” he said. Trudeau.
“We have no doubt that the destruction of the dam is a direct consequence of Russia’s decision to invade the country,” he added.
During his visit to kyiv, trudeau He placed a wreath next to a wall where the faces of soldiers fallen in combat in kyiv were displayed, while a military orchestra played.
Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Oleksandr Polishchukhanded the Canadian prime minister a box of shrapnel from a shell that fell in Odessa, the large Ukrainian Black Sea port city.
“It is a small reminder of the way in which Ukraine suffered from the bombardments of Russian missilessaid Polishchuk in English.
(With information from EFE, AFP and Europa Press)
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