Canada asks citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Ukraine due to ‘Russian aggression’

By Kanishka Singh

(Reuters) – The Canadian government has advised its citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Ukraine due to “the continued aggression of Russia and the military buildup in and around the country”.

Foreign Minister Melanie Joly will visit Kyiv next week to reaffirm Canada’s support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and strengthen efforts to deter Russia’s “aggressive actions,” Ottawa said earlier.

“We have changed the risk level for Ukraine to avoid unnecessary travel due to Russia’s continued aggression and military buildup at home and abroad,” the Canadian government said in a statement. Travel notice released late on Saturday.

Moscow has stationed more than 100,000 troops near the border with Ukraine. and the United States said on Friday that it feared Russia was preparing a pretext for invasion if diplomacy failed to achieve its goals.

Canada, with a sizable and politically influential population of Ukrainian descent, has taken a hard line on Russia since its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

Joly will meet with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmygal and travel to the west of the country to speak to the 200 Canadian training delegation that has been present since 2015.

Canadian Deputy Foreign Minister Marta Morgan and US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke Friday and pledged to continue working closely to prevent further Russian aggression towards Ukraine and called on Russia to de-escalate. ladder, a US State Department spokesman said on Saturday.

Russia denies planning to attack Ukraine but says it may take unspecified military actions unless its demands – including a promise by the NATO alliance to never recognize Kyiv – are met. response.

Russia did not walk out of crisis meetings with the United States and European nations last week, but talks ended with American officials warning that the risk of Russia invading Ukraine remained high.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Tuesday and “emphasized that any military attack on Ukraine would have serious consequences, including coordinated sanctions.” .

Canada has imposed sanctions on more than 440 individuals and entities during the annexation of Crimea.

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Mark Heinrich) Canada asks citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Ukraine due to ‘Russian aggression’

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