Canada Unwavering in Its Support for Ukraine

Canada spearheaded the G7 foreign ministers statement on Russian aggression and is ready to do more on issue

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02.12.2018

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Canada promises to continue to support Ukraine regarding the incident near the Kerch Strait area on Nov. 25, said Chrystia Freeland, the Canadian minister of foreign affairs, during the G20 summit in Argentina, Ukrinform reports.

“Canada will be vocal, as it was when we spearheaded the G7 foreign ministers statement on the issue, in which we are rightly considered to be experienced,” Freeland said.

She emphasized that Canada worked hard to make the statement by the G7 foreign ministers public on Friday, and make the leaders’ position well-known before the G20 summit.

” The G7 is united in condemning Russian aggression, and calls for the release of these 24 sailors-prisoners of war, in a request for the return of seized ships, and for defending Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Freeland said.

Russian provocations near the Kerch Strait began on Nov. 25. It started with a Russian coastal guard ship ramming into a Ukrainian tugboat that was transporting two artillery boats from Odesa to Mariupol. Russia blocked access to the Azov Sea altogether and sent two Ka-52 attack helicopters to tail the Ukrainian ships. Finally, it fired on the vessels.

Russian Special Forces then seized the three Ukrainian vessels in the Black Sea. Several sailors were wounded.

Russia’s FSB security service said it had opened a criminal case into what it called the ships’ illegal entry into Russian territorial waters.

Between Nov. 27 and 28, the Russian-controlled Simferopol District Court remanded 21 Ukrainian sailors in custody until Jan. 25, 2019.

The three wounded sailors who were in the Kerch hospital were arrested by the Kerch City Court. They are also detained until Jan. 25. 

They all face up to six years of imprisonment.

In Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada voted to pass martial law on Oct. 26 in 10 regions of the country for 30 days.

Source Ukrinform
date 02.12.2018
categories Ukraine - NATO
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