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06.04.2014

Four years ago, in October 2010, Canada’s Prime Minister was the first Western leader to visit Ukraine after the election of President Victor Yanukovych. On March 22, 2014, Stephen Harper again was the first head of state to be in Kyiv, this time, to meet with the leaders of a new government appointed by the Ukrainian parliament after Yanukovych suddenly fled the country and left a trail of violence against peaceful protestors. During his first visit, Harper focused attention on the growing authoritarianism by the Yanukovych regime and the need for the world to support human rights and democracy in Ukraine. At the time, Europe and the US were...



06.04.2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin has imposed retaliatory sanctions on 13 Canadian officials including five members of the Conservative government, two Liberals and one NDP MP, banning them from entering Russia. In a statement issued today, Russia's foreign ministry said the sanctions are being imposed "as a response to the unacceptable actions of the Canadian side." Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, who is in The Hague with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, said the sanctions are "a badge of honour." "It's frankly a badge of honour for the...



06.04.2014

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today concluded a successful visit to Ukraine where he met with Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and reaffirmed Canada’s strong support for the new Government of Ukraine as it undertakes the important steps of embracing the economic and democratic reforms needed to restore stability and prosperity in the country. The Prime Minister also condemned Russia’s illegal military occupation of Ukraine and reiterated the call for immediate de-escalation by Russia. During his visit, the Prime Minister also announced Canada’s contribution to a political and security monitoring mission to Ukraine, led by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Canada’s support to the OSCE Special...



06.04.2014

At this time it is clear that the West’s response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea has been relatively weak and must be much stronger. The West must speak with one voice to support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and must continue to denounce the illegal invasion and occupation of Ukraine’s territory in violation of international law, in violation of the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, and in violation of all bilateral agreements signed by Russia and Ukraine. The West must sanction the...



06.04.2014

Situated in the heart of New York City between the island of Manhattan and Long Island and with the United Nations in its peripheral view, Roosevelt Island stands as a monument to the 32nd President of the United States of America, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. At its edge is a memorial to FDR with a bust of the former president and a park appropriately named “Four Freedoms Park.” On Saturday, March 15, 2014 U.S. Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney held a press conference at this site on the subject of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. At the same time, a vote was taking place a mile away at the prominently visible UN among the members of its Security Council. The press conference sent a strong message of support to the people of Ukraine with...



06.04.2014

On 19 March 2014 Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) President Eugene Czolij issued a letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, and the President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, John W. Ashe, in which he urged the United Nations to suspend Russia’s membership rights and privileges in the UN and to send peacekeeping troops to Ukraine to protect it from any further invasion by Russian troops. Referring to the unprecedented in the 21st century invasion of Ukraine by Russian armed forces, and the forceful and illegal “annexation” of Crimea to Russia, the UWC President focused on the blatant...



06.04.2014

Following the announcement of retaliatory sanctions against him from Moscow, James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake, has issued the following statement: “To be included on this Russian list of Canadians is a badge of honour, and I am proud to be included with these distinguished Canadians who oppose the invasion of Crimea by Russian forces. “These punitive measures will not silence my criticisms of the illegal military invasion and occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, nor mute my strong support for the people of Ukraine and their transitional government. “Canada and its G-7 partners have...



06.04.2014

A Ukrainian Jewish leader opposed to the Russian takeover of Crimea failed to drum up support this week from Israel, which is sitting out the crisis pitting its U.S. ally against Moscow. Edward Dolinsky, head of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, made a lobbying trip to Jerusalem with influential Ukrainian Jewish lawmaker Alexander Feldman. They were not received by officials from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government. Speaking to Reuters on Wednesday, Dolinsky said he and Feldman had sought to win Israeli support for "Ukraine and the aspirations of the Ukrainian people". He voiced dismay at the Netanyahu government's failure to oppose Russia's Crimea move. Such censure, while not...



06.04.2014

The digital age has made it harder and harder for people to be immediately drawn and subsequently impressed by music. This however, was not the case on Friday, March 7th during the Zozulka concert, when three remarkable women came together at the University of Toronto to represent the lyrical ethnic songs of the Ukrainian Poltava and Polissia regions. The diverse crowd vibrantly experienced the musical passion these women brought to the North American world from the deep rural steppes and woodland villages of Ukraine. The Zozulka trio: Eva Salina-Primack, Willa Roberts, and the Petro Jacyk Post-Doctoral Fellow Maria Sonevytsky brought forward the folklore...



06.04.2014

We are Jewish citizens of Ukraine: businessmen, managers, public figures, scientists and scholars, artists and musicians. We are addressing you on behalf of the multi-national people of Ukraine, Ukraine’s national minorities, and on behalf of the Jewish community. You have stated that Russia wants to protect the rights of the Russian-speaking citizens of the Crimea and all of Ukraine and that these rights have been trampled by the current Ukrainian government. Historically, Ukrainian Jews are also mostly Russian-speaking. Thus, our opinion on what is happening carries no less weight than the opinion of those who advise and inform you. We are convinced that you are not...



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