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Senator Andreychuk marks the 25th Anniversary of Ukrainian Independence Day

OTTAWA, ON - Senator Andreychuk today marked the 25th Anniversary of Ukrainian Independence Day by reiterating the urgent need to deescalate the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

“On August 24, 1991, the Ukrainian people asserted their independence and ignited a journey towards the formation of a sovereign state. Twenty five years later, renewed threats continue to challenge this journey,” said Senator Andreychuk, noting Russia’s ongoing military incursions in Ukraine.  

Tension between the two nations further intensified last week when Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine of plotting terrorist acts in an attempt to reclaim the annexed Crimean peninsula. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko denied these accusations, and placed Ukrainian military personnel on “high alert.”

“Let us continue to unite in support of Ukraine as it strives to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and urge Russia to respect its obligations under international law.”

Background

  • In November 2013, thousands of people united in protest in Kyiv’s independence square after negotiations for the Ukraine-European Union Association Agreement were suspended, in favour of strengthening economic ties with Russia.

 

  • From February 18 to 20, 2014, violent clashes between protestors and armed forces in Kyiv’s independence square culminated in the deaths of over 100 people.

 

  • On March 18, 2014, the results of a referendum led to the annexation of the Ukrainian territory of Crimea by the Russian Federation. The legitimacy of the referendum has been widely criticized by the international community.

 

  • Beginning in March 2014, pro-Russian and anti-government protests erupted in eastern Ukraine. As protests escalated into armed conflict, Russian troops and artillery advanced near the border. Thousands have lost their lives as a result of the conflict, while millions have been forced to leave and remain displaced.

 

  • Canada, the United States, the European Union and numerous international organizations have responded to Russia’s aggressive actions by imposing sanctions on Russian companies, individuals, government and military officials.

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Contact: Zenia Turkewych Miner 613-996-4600