Canada condemns Russia's "forcible integration of Crimea"

Canada condemns Russia's "forcible integration of Crimea"
Russia violated international law by annexing Crimea. This is stated in a document published on the website of the Government of Canada.

"Canada reaffirms its continued commitment to the territorial integrity of Ukraine and condemns the actions taken by Russia to forcibly integrate the Crimean Peninsula into Russia, including through the opening in May 2018 of a bridge across the Kerch Strait," the statement said.

In Canada, they recalled the "serious violations of human rights" in the occupied Crimea. Including, it is a question of suppression of a freedom of speech, arrests, tortures and detention.

In addition, the Canadian government called for the release of all illegally detained Ukrainian citizens.

Earlier, Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defense of Canada claimed that Canada continues to support Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression. He claimed this after his visit to Latvia, according to Ukrinform. 
'Canadian support of Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression is unwavering,' the Minister noted.
Harjit Sajjan added that together with the partners are working on the development of safe, successive and democratic Ukraine. He noted that Canada had provided the Ukrainian Armed Forces with non-lethal military equipment costing over 16 million dollars. 
'Our commitment isn't limited only by training soldiers. As part of a comprehensive support of Ukraine, Canada provided the Armed Forces of Ukraine non-lethal military equipment costing over 16 million dollars, and more equipment will be provided by the of March of 2019,' he said.
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