New Zealand announced on Wednesday, April 6, that it would impose new sanctions on Russia for its war in Ukraine, pointing out that these measures have been translated as “the most important economic response to the Russian invasion to date.”
Oceania will impose a 35% tax on all imports from Russia and extend the existing export ban on products closely related to strategic Russian industries.
“Pictures and reports of atrocities against civilians in Pucha and other parts of Ukraine are hateful and reprehensible, and New Zealand continues to retaliate against Putin’s senseless aggression,” said the New Zealand foreign minister. In the Nanaya Mahuda Government Report.
Trade and Export Development Minister Damien O’Brien said the new measures would take effect on April 25 and send a “clear message that New Zealand will neither finance nor support Russia’s war machine.” Connor said.
“These sanctions, in addition to other measures already in place, are putting enormous pressure on the Putin administration to end hostilities with Ukraine and its international partners,” the government said in a statement.
Mahuta explained that New Zealand has joined 41 other countries in supporting the International Criminal Court’s call for an inquiry into Russia’s “war crimes and atrocities against innocent civilians.”
Putin and Moscow are facing even more severe criticism from the international community after Ukraine accused Russian forces of committing “genocide” and “war crimes” in Pucha, near the capital Q.
Russia has denied the allegations, calling them “fake news attacks.” He argued that the images of dead bodies and slain civilians, which caused outrage worldwide, were the result of episodes that occurred after Russian troops left the city.
So far, at least 1,480 civilians have been killed and 2,195 injured in Ukraine, with UN estimates warning that the actual figure could be much higher.
The UN refugee agency says more than 4.24 million Ukrainians have fled to other countries and more than 7.1 million have been internally displaced.
* Camilo Hernandez contributed to the writing of this note.
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