Highlights/Ukraine

International, Politics

Did Canada snub Ukraine’s new president? Absolutely not, says Harjit Sajjan.

When Ukraine’s former President Petro Poroshenko was being sworn in June 2014, Canada was represented by then Prime Minister Stephen Harper and a large delegation of Ukrainian Canadians. They had travelled to Kyiv in show of support for Poroshenko who» 

International, Politics

Axworthy urges Ottawa to engage with new Ukrainian president

Canada needs to redouble its diplomatic engagement with Ukraine amid some concerns over the country’s newly elected populist president and Kyiv’s possible drift back into Moscow’s orbit, says former foreign affairs minister Lloyd Axworthy. Axworthy, who led a 160-strong Canadian» 

International, Politics, Society

Canada extends military training mission in Ukraine, Iraq

In  February 2014, Russia made incursions into Ukraine, eventually annexing Crimea in March. In April at about the same time as conflict erupted between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed armed separatists, Canada announced it would send Canadian military personnel to the» 

International, Society

Trudeau extends Christmas greetings to divided Orthodox Christians

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called on Canadians who celebrate Orthodox Christmas today to “spread joy and kindness to their neighbours, extend a helping hand to those in need, and show greater compassion to those most vulnerable, at home and around» 

International, Politics

Canada condemns Russian attack on Ukrainian naval vessels

Canada strongly condemns the Kremlin’s actions off the coast of Crimea, said Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland after Russian vessels fired on and seized three Ukrainian navy vessels in the Sea of Azov and Kerch Strait on Sunday. “We call» 

Politics, Society

Canadian monument to controversial Ukrainian national hero ignites debate

A Canadian monument to a hero of an anti-Soviet nationalist uprising in Ukraine is raising questions about the manipulation of historical memory for political purposes. Critics of the monument say Roman Shukhevych was also a ruthless Nazi henchman and honouring» 

International, Politics

Canada expels Russian embassy spokesman for ‘sharing scurrilous stories’ targeting Freeland

The Russian embassy spokesperson in Ottawa who was responsible for the mission’s Twitter account is one of four Russian diplomats being expelled from Canada, Radio Canada International has learned. Two separate sources have confirmed to RCI that Kirill Kalinin, who» 

International, Politics

Canada to bring up North Korea, Venezuela and Ukraine at Munich Conference

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has a long list of world crises she would like to discuss with her counterparts at the Munich Security Conference in Germany this weekend, according to Canadian officials. The North Korean nuclear crisis, the situation» 

International, Politics

GG Julie Payette meets with Ukrainian president and Canadian soldiers

Gov. Gen. Julie Payette concluded her visit to Ukraine with a meeting on Thursday with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko who thanked Canada for its “firm position of support for our country’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence from the very first» 

International, Politics, Society

Liberals clear way for weapons sales to Ukraine

The Liberal government has cleared the last regulatory obstacle on the way of Canadian sales of lethal weapons to Ukraine, opening the way for other NATO allies, especially, the United States to do the same. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland»