Canada’s Defense Minister Anita Anand accuses Russia of war crimes in Ukraine

Russia-Ukraine Crisis

Ottawa/CMEDIA: Canada’s defense minister Anita Anand accused Russia on Sunday of “unforgiveable” aggression and war crimes in Ukraine following a recent attack that killed 35 people.

Anand said Canadian Armed Forces members are no longer in Ukraine and have since moved to Poland and other areas.

Earlier this month Canada had asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) to speed up its investigation into Russia for possible war crimes on Ukraine.

Russia also has threatened to target shipments containing foreign weapons to help Ukrainian fighters.

When asked if an attack on NATO supply lines is an attack on NATO itself, Anand said she is travelling to Brussels, Belgium, to discuss this issue with her NATO counterparts, namely how to interpret Article 5 of the Washington Treaty surrounding the collective defence of NATO’s allies.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky is scheduled to address Canada’s Parliament on Tuesday.

Although Zelensky has called for a no-fly zone over Ukraine, Canada and others have denied that request, as it would require NATO to effectively shoot down Russian aircraft and potentially trigger a wider war in Europe.

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