On 25 November, Ukraine's Berdyansk and Nikopol gunboats and the Yany Kapu tugboat illegally crossed the Russian maritime border as they sailed toward the Kerch Strait, the entrance to the Sea of Azov.
Canada, the United States, and European Union imposed sweeping sanctions on Friday over Russia's actions against Ukraine, including its 2018 attack on Ukrainian ships, annexation of Crimea and activities in eastern Ukraine. Permanent Representative's Office of Finland to the European Union refused to comment it, stating, they "do not comment individual positions of any state-members, including their own".
Today, on March 15, it was officially announced about the freeze of the accounts and ban for the issuance of the visa to eight Russian officials.
Later in the day, the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release that Canada has also imposed its new sanctions targeting more than 100 Russian individuals and 15 entities in response to the Kerch Strait incident and Crimea's reunification with Russia.
The targets include a former deputy prime minister and current chairman of Russian's state oil company, wealthy friends of President Vladimir Putin and mid-ranking public officials, and industrial concerns such as aircraft corporations and a shipyard.
The Parliament also said the Russian government's continued and active support for anti-EU parties and far-right movements in Europe posed a major security threat to the 28-member bloc, and that the Kremlin continues to order Russia's intelligence services to carry on meddling in political elections and violate the human rights of Russian citizens.
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The six defence firms were targeted over their operations in Crimea, where the USA says several "misappropriated Ukrainian state assets to provide services to the Russian military".
"The United States and our transatlantic partners will not allow Russia's continued aggression against Ukraine to go unchecked".
We, with our global partners, stand with Ukraine in opposing Russia's ongoing efforts to undermine Ukrainian security, sovereignty and territorial integrity.
In one of its more pointed statements, the Parliament stressed that the European Union should stand ready to adopt further sanctions against Russian Federation, especially those targeting individuals.
Some 13,000 people have been killed, a quarter of them civilians, and as many as 30,000 wounded in the war in eastern Ukraine since it broke out in April 2014, according to United Nations data.