Canadian lawmakers have voted unanimously to classify Russia’s actions in Ukraine as ‘genocide’. 2022-04-27 18:11:00

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during question period in the House of Commons at Parliament House in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, April 27, 2022. REUTERS/Blair Gable

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(Reuters) – Canadian lawmakers voted unanimously on Wednesday to call Russia’s attacks in Ukraine a “genocide,” with members of parliament saying there was “abundant evidence that Moscow has committed systematic and gross war crimes against humanity.”

The Canadian House of Commons motion stated that Russia’s war crimes include mass atrocities, systematic cases of premeditated murder of Ukrainian civilians, desecration of corpses, forcible transfer of Ukrainian children, torture, physical abuse, mental harm, and rape.

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it was “absolutely right” for more and more people to describe Russia’s actions in Ukraine as genocide, backing up an accusation made by US President Joe Biden the day before.

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Biden had said earlier in April that the invasion of Ukraine amounted to genocide, but added that lawyers internationally must decide whether the invasion met the criteria for genocide.

Russia denies accusations of genocide, calling its action in Ukraine a “special military operation” and saying it was necessary because the United States was using Ukraine to threaten Russia. Moscow in turn accuses Ukraine of committing the genocide of Russian speakers, a charge Ukraine rejects as nonsense. Read more

Canada is among a number of countries that imposed sanctions on Russia after it invaded Ukraine on February 24. On Wednesday, it imposed further sanctions on 203 individuals it says are complicit in Russia’s attempt to annex certain areas of the Donbass region in the east of the country. Ukraine.

Late Wednesday, Canada also updated its travel advice for Moldova, citing the risk of armed conflict in Transnistria, the breakaway Russian-occupied part of Moldova in the west.

The Government of Canada has asked travelers to exercise a high level of caution in Moldova and to avoid traveling to Transnistria.

The Canadian government also said it would change its sanctions laws to allow for payments of money or property seized or sanctioned from Russia to help rebuild Ukraine or to those affected by the Russian invasion. Read more

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Coverage by Kanishka Singh in Washington. Editing by Sandra Mahler and Jacqueline Wong

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