October 11, 2022. OTTAWA. On October 10, Russia launched terrorist missile and air strikes against Ukrainian cities and towns – Kyiv, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipro, Zhytomyr, Khmelnytskyi, Ternopil, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kropyvnytskyi, Kremenchuk, Sumy, Kharkiv and others. Russia fired over 80 missiles and over 15 kamikaze drones.
The bombing continued today. Russia purposely targeted residential areas, parks, playgrounds, hospitals, universities. Since launching its genocidal war on February 24, Russia has fired more than 3500 missiles at Ukrainian cities and towns.
Russia is losing its war of aggression on the battlefield and yet again turns to targeting Ukrainian civilians with terror strikes. The reprehensible atrocities and crimes against humanity Russia is committing daily require a much stronger response from Ukraine’s allies or they will continue undeterred.
“Inexplicably, the Government of Canada and allies refuse to list Russia as a terrorist state. The time is long past to do so. Russia has more than earned this designation,” stated Alexandra Chyczij, National President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC). “Canada and allies must urgently provide Ukraine with more air and missile defence systems. Ukraine must be given the means to win this war, and the Russian criminals who murder Ukrainian women and children must be brought to justice.”
According to a recent public opinion survey, the vast majority (71%) of Canadians believe that the Canadian government needs to get tougher on Russia. The vast majority of Canadians (84%) support or can accept providing Ukraine with more weapons with which to defend itself.
More information on this survey is available here: Canadians Stand Strongly With Ukraine!
The UCC calls on the Government to hear the voice of Canadians and:
- Designate the Russian Federation a state supporter of terrorism;
- Work with allies to provide Ukraine with air and missile defence systems, heavy artillery and tanks;
- Increase economic and financial support to Ukraine to ensure that civilian infrastructure continues to function.
Yesterday, rallies in support of Ukraine were held in several Canadian cities and more will be taking place this week. Please check with your local UCC and affiliate organizations for information on demonstrations in your towns.