UCC Situation Briefing on Ukraine: Crisis following Russia’s attack on Ukrainian navy ships
On November 25, in a deliberate and unprovoked attack, Russian warships attacked and opened fire on Ukrainian navy ships in neutral waters in the Sea of Azov.
At least 6 Ukrainian sailors are wounded. Three Ukrainian ships were captured by Russian naval forces. Over 20 Ukrainian sailors are in Russian captivity. This was a premeditated act of escalation of aggression against Ukraine by Russia, which has been waging war on Ukraine for over 4 years.
This was neither an error nor a coincidence. It was an open act of aggression against Ukraine.
Russia’s actions have been condemned by Canada, the US, the EU, NATO and other members of the international community.
Parliament adopts President’s request for martial law in 10 oblasts
Ukraine’s Parliament met today to consider President Poroshenko’s request to institute emergency measures including martial law in certain areas of the country in response to the heightened threat of additional aggression by Russia. 276 MPs (226 needed) voted to support the implementation of the Decree.
President Poroshenko stated that “I emphasize that I do not envisage any measures in the Decree related to the restriction of the rights and freedoms of citizens.”
The Decree is being implemented in 10 oblasts that border the Black Sea, the Azov Sea and Russia. It is valid for 30 days. The President stated and Parliament affirmed in a resolution declaring that the presidential election will be held as scheduled March 31, 2019.
Four priorities: What Canada and the international community need to do
What you can do
- Call your Member of Parliament to let them know you support the four UCC priorities.
- Write an email to your local newspaper in support for Ukraine and UCC’s four priorities.
- Help share accurate information on your social media feed and help inform your network.
- Reach out to your MPP/MLA and local political leaders to encourage them to support Ukraine publicly at this time.