UCC welcomes additional Canadian support for Ukraine

Minister Champagne with Canadian Armed Forces Personnel deployed to Ukraine on Operation UNIFIER, Canada’s military training mission in Ukraine. Photo – CAF

March 11, 2020. OTTAWA. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) welcomes the additional Canadian support to improve security in Ukraine. Canada will provide $2.2 million over three years to the Police Assistance Project on Strategic Reform Capacities of the National Police of Ukraine.

The announcement of the additional support was made by the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, during his recent visit to Ukraine.

Minister Champagne stated, “Throughout my meetings in Latvia, Ukraine and Poland, I had the opportunity to discuss the close ties between Canada and these three countries and to underline our close collaboration – particularly in support of regional security, trade and political cooperation  – which is essential to upholding the rules-based international order, and promoting peace and stability for all.”

Minister Champagne visits the Memorial to the Victims of the Holodomor, Kyiv. Photo – Global Affairs Canada

UCC CEO Ihor Michalchyshyn accompanied Minister Champagne on his visit to Ukraine, where meetings took place with political leaders and civil society. Minister Champagne also visited Canadian Armed Forces personnel deployed on Operation Unifier, Canada’s military training mission in Ukraine, at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre in Yavoriv, Ukraine.

Minister Champagne with CAF Operation UNIFIER personnel, Yavoriv. Photo – CAF

“It is crucial that Minister Champagne was able to see first-hand the complex reform challenges which Ukraine faces and hear the perspectives of Ukrainian civil society leaders,” said Alexandra Chyczij, UCC National President. “At a time when the Ukrainian people face increasing political and economic instability, and Russia continues to escalate its war on Ukraine, it is vitally important that Ukraine’s western allies continue to support the Ukrainian people. The UCC applauds Canada’s leadership role in the international community’s support for Ukraine.”

Minister Champagne pays tribute to Ukrainian soldiers killed in action defending Ukraine from Russia’s invasion. Photo – Global Affairs Canada

 

For the Government of Canada’s news release on Minister Champagne’s visit, please click here:

Minister Champagne concludes successful visit to Latvia, Ukraine and Poland

 


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