Ukrainian Canadian Congress organizes rallies, calls on Canadian government to impose sanctions against Ukraine [insidetoronto.com]

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The Ukrainian prime minister’s resignation Tuesday and parliament’s repeal of anti-protest laws that sparked violent clashes between protestors and police is hopeful, but doesn’t go far enough to resolve Ukraine’s political crisis, the Ukrainian-Canadian Congress argues.

The concessions to protesters leave unresolved the opposition’s repeated demands for President Viktor Yanukovych to resign and a new election to be held.

The now protracted conflict in Ukraine began last November after Yanukovych chose to abandon proposed ties with the European Union in favour of strengthening the country’s trade relationship with Russia. Many Ukrainians hopeful for a modernized country saw the move as step backward to Russia’s Soviet past.

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