Canada Strongly Condemns Killing of Protesters in Ukraine

January 22, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada condemns in the strongest possible terms the killing of protesters by Ukrainian police forces. My deputy minister has called in the Ukrainian ambassador to express Canada’s condemnation of the violence that occurred last night.

“We strongly urge the Ukrainian government to find a political solution by engaging in a real dialogue with the people of Ukraine. Continued violence will further undermine democracy and freedom in Ukraine and bring serious consequences. Canada, together with our international partners, is considering all possible options.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I extend heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed yesterday. Canada stands with the Ukrainian people, who courageously continue to speak out in support of democracy.”

- 30 -

For further information, media representatives may contact:

Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
613-995-1874
media@international.gc.ca
Follow us on Twitter: @DFATDCanada