Canadian lawmakers voted unanimously on Wednesday to call the Russian attacks in Ukraine a “genocide”, with MPs saying there was “sufficient evidence of systematic and massive war crimes against humanity” committed by Moscow.
The Canadian House of Commons motion said war crimes committed by Russia include mass atrocities, systematic cases of deliberate murder of Ukrainian civilians, desecration of corpses, forcible transfer of Ukrainian children, torture, bodily harm, mental harm and rape.
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it was “absolutely correct” that more and more people labeled Russia’s actions in Ukraine as genocide, in support of an impeachment by US President Joe Biden the day before.
Biden had previously said in April that the invasion of Ukraine amounted to genocide, but added that lawyers would have to decide internationally whether or not the invasion met the criteria for genocide.
Russia, which denies the charges of genocide, calls its action in Ukraine a “special military operation” and said it was necessary because the United States used Ukraine to threaten Russia. Moscow, in turn, accuses Ukraine of the genocide of Russian-speaking people, a charge that Ukraine dismisses as nonsense.
Canada is among a number of countries that have imposed sanctions on Russia after it invaded Ukraine on February 24. Ukraine.
The Canadian government has also said it will change its sanctions laws so that funds or property seized or sanctioned by Russia can be disbursed to help rebuild Ukraine or to those affected by the Russian invasion.
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