Canada Gravely Concerned by Escalation of Violence in Eastern Ukraine

April 13, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada is gravely concerned by the escalating violence occurring in eastern Ukraine, with heavily armed gunmen taking over government buildings in several cities in an apparently coordinated action.

“The Russian Federation must stop its incitement to violence and its provocative destabilisation of an already tense situation.

“There are disconcerting parallels between what is now happening in eastern Ukraine and the events leading to Russia’s illegal, illegitimate invasion of Crimea. Russia must step back and take real steps to de-escalate the situation.

“Canada and its allies are prepared to take additional steps that will further isolate Russia economically and politically.”

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