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Yesterday, Russia carried out a vicious terror attack on Ukrainian civilians, firing missiles at residential areas of Lviv, a city in western Ukraine that is within 100 kilometres of the border with Poland, a member of NATO. At least five civilians were murdered and 37 were injured.
A few days ago, Russia struck residential areas of Kramatorsk – in eastern Ukraine. At least 8 civilians were murdered, over 60 injured. A few days before that, Russia struck residential buildings and a kindergarten in Kyiv – in central Ukraine. Every city and town in Ukraine – every Ukrainian civilian – lives every day under constant threat of Russian terrorism.
Russia’s campaign of terrorist attacks is an act of genocide against Ukraine. It is a cruel and savage attempt to make Ukrainian cities and towns unliveable. Russia blew up the Kakhovka hydroelectric dam – causing damage which will be felt for generations. Now, Russia threatens destruction of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant that is under Russian occupation.
Canada and our allies must increase efforts to help Ukrainians defend themselves by providing more air defences, including aircraft, and long-range weapons to strike Russian ammunition and weapons depots. We must help Ukraine win the war now.
On July 17, the world will mark the 9th anniversary of Russia’s murder of 298 civilians, who were on board Flight MH-17 when Russia shot down the civilian aircraft. Despite nine years of Russian state terrorism and Russia’s sponsorship of terrorist organizations like the Wagner Group, Canada and allies still refuse to designate Russia a state supporter of terrorism.
The UCC urges the Government to do so now.