KATHRYN BLAZE CARLSON
Ottawa — The Globe and Mail
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Ottawa will restrict travel to Canada for key Ukrainian officials responsible for the “repression and silencing” of opposition voices there, but the government says the door remains open to further measures as it monitors the developing situation in Ukraine.
The announcement, delivered jointly by Immigration Minister Chris Alexander and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, came amid fresh volatility Tuesday in Ukraine: Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and his cabinet resigned and, after an extraordinary parliamentary assembly, legislators voted to repeal most of the draconian anti-protest measures adopted earlier this month. The day’s developments, however, are unlikely to appease demonstrators demanding the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych, who is under fire for shunning deeper association with the European Union in favour of aligning more closely with Russia.