2 N.W.T. diamond mines pledge support to Ukraine

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A pair of diamond mining corporations say their N.W.T. operations haven’t modified due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine — they usually’ve pledged to help individuals fleeing from the battle.

A spokesperson for Rio Tinto — which operates Diavik Diamond Mine 300 kilometres northeast of Yellowknife — stated in an electronic mail the corporate is slicing all business relationships it has with Russian companies. He didn’t reply to a query from CBC Information about how a lot enterprise the corporate does with Russia. 

The spokesperson stated Diavik itself doesn’t have ties to Russia and Rio Tinto doesn’t have operations or group members in both Russia or Ukraine. The corporate says it has mining infrastructure, gross sales workplaces and analysis labs in about 35 international locations.

On Tuesday, Russia stepped up its bombardment of Kyiv whereas 1000’s of civilians fled Mariupol alongside a humanitarian hall in what was believed to be the most important evacuation but from the desperately besieged seaport. On the diplomatic entrance, one other spherical of talks started between Russia and Ukraine.  

Additionally on Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked Canada for its help in his handle to the Home of Commons however stated rather more must be carried out, together with extra sanctions and a no-fly zone.

The Rio Tinto spokesperson stated the corporate is donating $5 million US to humanitarian companies serving to people who find themselves impacted or fleeing the battle. In the meantime, a spokesperson for De Beers Group, which operates the Gahcho Kué diamond mine, is donating $1 million US to supply help to Ukraine. Its dad or mum firm, Anglo American, has already pledged a separate $5 million US.

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“We’ve got been shocked by the violence in Ukraine and impressed by the bravery of its individuals,” the De Beers spokesperson stated in an electronic mail, including that the corporate solely mines diamonds in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Canada. 

“There was no change to operations in Gahcho Kué,” he stated. 

Arctic Canadian Diamond Firm, which operates the Ekati diamond mine, didn’t reply to an electronic mail from CBC Information. 

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