Ukrainian Canadian Congress.
February 20 marked the fourth anniversary of the beginning of Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine. Today the UCC needs your help in our advocacy for Canada to lead the international response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine!
On February 20, 2014, in violation of international law and numerous treaty obligations, Russia launched a pre-planned military invasion of sovereign Ukrainian territory in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
It has been over 1400 days since Russia’s occupation of Crimea began. The Russian occupation authorities have instituted a regime of terror against the indigenous Crimean Tatar People, ethnic Ukrainians, and anyone who opposes Russia’s illegal occupation.
In the eastern Ukrainian oblasts of Donetsk and Luhansk, Russia continues to wage war against Ukraine. Since 2014, over 10,000 people have been killed, over 20,000 wounded and over 1.6 million internally displaced.
As stated by Kurt Volker, US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, “2017 was a year of violence in Ukraine. It really was a hot war. The level of violence throughout most of the year was higher than in 2016. […] Russia has done absolutely nothing to end the conflict or to withdraw its forces since we began this process when I was appointed in July .”
In 2018, Canada holds the Presidency of the G7. As one of Ukraine’s staunchest international allies, Canada has a unique opportunity to leverage the G7 Presidency to support peace and security for Ukraine.
The UCC calls on Canada to lead the international community in supporting Ukraine and standing up to Russia’s aggression on the international stage.
At the June 2018 G7 Leaders’ Summit in Quebec, we ask Canada to:
- Dedicate an event for G7 leaders at the Summit to restoring peace in Ukraine and ending Russia’s invasion and occupation of sovereign Ukrainian territory;
- Work to ensure consensus in the G7 about the deployment of a fulsome UN peacekeeping mission to Ukraine throughout the entire territory of Russian-occupied Donbas, and develop a strategy to pressure the Russian Federation to accept such a mission;
- Work to build consensus in the G7 for the application of enhanced sanctions against the Russian Federation until such time as Russia’s occupation of Crimea and parts of the Donbas are ended;
- Work with G7 leaders to develop mechanisms for more effective coordination on support for Ukraine’s reform process.
CALL TO ACTION
Today the UCC needs your help in our advocacy for Canada to leverage its G7 presidency to lead the international response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine!
We’re asking you to write or email your Member of Parliament on this important issue this week. Please find a suggested sample letter to MPs at: http://www.ucc.ca/2018/02/21/february-2018-template-letter-to-members-of-parliament/
To find your local MP and their contact information, see: http://www.ourcommons.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members