OTTAWA, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Canada announced new sanctions against Russia on Tuesday.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird explained the sanctions were undertaken in response to reports of a planned Russian troop surge in the illegally annexed Ukrainian Crimea region and continued Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine
"Despite the efforts by President Poroshenko to end the violence in Eastern Ukraine, the Putin regime's military aggression continues. For example, today we are seeing reports that President Putin has ordered a surge of troops in Crimea, and we have seen no evidence of progress on our calls for the Putin regime to end its support to the armed militants fomenting violence.
"Canada will continue to stand in steadfast support of the Ukrainian people as they struggle for peace and freedom against this aggression.
"Those responsible for fanning the flames of conflict will continue to face increased pressure through targeted sanctions.
"The sanctions imposed in coordination with our other allies are without a doubt having an effect on the Russian economy. Canada stands prepared to move farther with our allies and partners to hold the Putin regime accountable."
The new sanctions target individuals, entities and one financial institution.
Individuals sanctioned, who will be banned from travel to Canada and whose Canadian-related assets will be frozen include the following officials in the Russian Armed Forces: General Dmitry Vitalievich Bulgakov; Lieutenant-General Yuriy Eduardovich Sadovenko; Colonel-General Nikolay Bogdanovskiy; and Colonel-General Oleg Leonidovich Salyukov.
Canada sanctioned the following entities: OJSC Dolgoprudny Research Production Enterprise (DNPP); JSC Kalinin Machine-Building Plant (MZiK); Mitischinskii Machine-Building Plant OAO (MMZ); V. Tikhomirov Scientific Research Institute of Instrument Design (NIIP); and Marine Scientific Research Institute of Radioelectronics Altair (MNIIRE "Altair").
Sberbank was the sole financial institution affected by the new sanctions.