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Canada and the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Political situation

In 2014, Russia violated Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity by illegally occupying Crimea and Sevastopol. Since then, Russia has continued its aggressive actions and attempts to destabilize Ukraine through disinformation campaigns, malicious hybrid and cyber operations, and through military build-ups in and around Ukraine. On February 24, 2022, Russia launched a large-scale military attack against Ukraine and its people.

Russia’s unprovoked and unjustifiable attack of Ukraine violates international law, jeopardize stability in the entire region and puts countless innocent lives at risk. It also threatens the values and principles that underpin the rules-based international order, including a state’s right to sovereignty and self determination.

Canada is steadfast in our commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and independence. Alongside our international partners and allies we unequivocally condemn Russia’s illegal and egregious actions.

Canada-Ukraine bilateral relations

On December 2, 1991, Canada became the first western country to recognize Ukraine’s independence. Since then, Canada and Ukraine have enjoyed a close bilateral relationship that spans cooperation on security and defence, trade, and advancing Ukraine’s democratic and economic reform efforts. Our bilateral relationship is strengthened by warm people-to-people ties, and an active Ukrainian-Canadian community of more than 1.4 million citizens.

Since 2014, Canada has provided Ukraine with more than $890 million in multifaceted assistance, including humanitarian assistance, development assistance and peace and stabilization. Supporting Ukraine’s security sector and defence reform remains a flagship area of our engagement.

In-person services at the Embassy of Canada to Ukraine in Kyiv are temporarily suspended due to the Russian military invasion. Consular services for Canadians in Ukraine continue to be available from Warsaw, Poland and other countries in the region. Learn more about assistance for Canadians in Ukraine.

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