Canada gives Ukraine four more Leopard 2 tanks and imposes new sanctions on Russia
Canada will provide additional four Leopard 2s to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, doubling the total number of tanks provided to Ukraine
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced this on February 24
Trudeau said that Canada will provide 4 additional Leopard 2 main battle tanks to support the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the defence of their country, bringing Canada's total contribution to the "tank coalition" to eight tanks.
Canada will also provide Ukraine with an armored evacuation vehicle and more than 5,000 shells of 155 mm caliber.
According to Trudeau, the four previously announced Leopard 2 battle tanks have already been delivered to Poland, and a group of Canadian Armed Forces instructors is currently training Ukrainian crews.
In addition, Canada announced new sanctions against individuals and entities involved in Russia's war against Ukraine.
"Sanctioning 122 individuals and 13 entities, including members of the lower house of Russia’s parliament who have voted in favour of legislation related to the invasion and attempted annexation of four regions of Ukraine. Other sanctioned individuals include Russian Deputy Prime Ministers, Ministers, and others in the Office of the President of Russia and the Russian military, as well as family members of previously sanctioned individuals," the statement said.
Canada has also imposed sanctions on seven Russian individuals and 50 defense organizations involved in the Russian defense industry, including the production of tanks, missiles and weapons systems that Russia uses in Ukraine. In addition, a ban on exports to Russia of certain chemical elements for use in electronics was imposed, as well as a ban on the import, purchase or acquisition of Russian arms, ammunition and other weapons, wherever located or processed, from Russia or from any person in Russia.
US Department of State announced new sanctions on the anniversary of Russia's full-scale invasion