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Latest Developments in Ukraine: March 23
For full coverage of the crisis in Ukraine, visit Flashpoint Ukraine. The latest developments in Russia's war on Ukraine. All times EDT. 1:08 a.m.: Ukraine's Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office reported Wednesday that the former head of the State Property Fund had been charged with embezzling more than $13.6 million in state funds, The Kyiv Independent reported. The former official allegedly set up a criminal organization that illegally funneled funds from several state-owned companies in 2019-21. Those companies include Ukraine's most powerful chemical enterprise in Odesa and one of the world's largest producers of titanium raw materials, United Mining and Chemical Company, according to the report. From 2019 to 2022, the State Property Fund was headed by Dmytro Sennychenko. Ukrainian news outlet RBC-Ukraine wrote that its sources in law enforcement had confirmed the suspect was Sennychenko. 12:02 a.m.: Canada is extending a support program meant to help Ukrainians and their immediate families to become temporary residents of the North American country and easily apply for work or study permits, the Canadian immigration ministry said on Wednesday, Reuters reported. The Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel program, which was launched shortly after the start of the Russian invasion on Feb. 24, 2022, was set to expire next week. Ukrainians and their family members of any nationality will now have until July 15 to apply for a visa under the program, the immigration ministry said in a statement. Anyone holding such a visa will have until March 31, 2024, to travel to Canada and those already in the country will also be able to extend or adjust their temporary status during that time. Some information in this report came from Reuters.

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