Canada to impose sanctions on nine Russian, nine Belarusian individuals

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Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Melanie Joly speaks to the media after Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy addressed Canada's parliament in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada March 15, 2022. REUTERS/Patrick Doyle

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April 4 (Reuters) - Canada said on Monday it will impose sanctions on nine Russian and nine Belarusian individuals for having "facilitated and enabled" Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.

"By enabling (Russian President) Vladimir Putin's senseless invasion of Ukraine, these close collaborators of the regime are complicit in the horrific events unfolding before our eyes," Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said in a statement.

The individuals are close associates of the Russian and Belarusian regimes, according to the statement.

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Reporting by Ismail Shakil in Bengaluru Editing by Chris Reese

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