VICTORIA — Premier John Horgan says his government has put an immediate halt on the importing and sale of Russian liquor at BC Liquor Stores and BC liquor distribution centres.

“We stand with those who want to live in peace and against those who commit deplorable and illegal acts of aggression,” said Horgan in the announcement on Twitter.

Early Friday, the leader of the BC NDP said he welcomed B.C. Liberal Leader Kevin Falcon’s call for B.C. to remove Russian alcohol products, but didn’t detail an immediate plan.

B.C. will continue to work with the federal government on how the province can support Canada’s sanctions to help condemn Russian actions, he says. Horgan also announced on Twitter that the province will be contributing $1 million to Red Cross Canada to support the people of Ukraine who are suffering.

“I want to add my condemnation to the wrongful actions of the government of Russia in taking away the liberties and threatening the lives of the people of Ukraine,” he told a news conference at Government House after announcing changes to his cabinet.

“I stand with all British Columbians and indeed all Canadians condemning that activity and hoping that Mr. Putin will see the error of his ways, and the wrath of the international community will be sufficient for him to turn back on this horrific course he is on.”

Russian forces launched an invasion of Ukraine this week, with reports of casualties on both sides of the conflict.

The premier also said B.C. is prepared to welcome Ukrainians to the province as a safe harbour for people fleeing the conflict.

Earlier this week, B.C.’s political leaders, including Opposition Liberal house leader Todd Stone and Green Leader Sonia Furstenau, delivered statements of support in the legislature for the Ukrainian people.

The flag of Ukraine is flying at the B.C. legislature.

With files from The Canadian Press

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