April 24, 2014 1:58 pm

Ukraine’s PM thanks Canada for support

Watch above: Russia’s Vladimir Putin warned if Ukraine uses its army against its people, there will be serious consequences. Brian Mooar reports.

OTTAWA – The prime minister of Ukraine is thanking Canada for its support in the face of troubling Russian actions.

In a phone call with Prime Minister Stephen Harper today, Arseniy Yatsenyuk expressed appreciation for Canada’s help, including 500 Canadian observers who will monitor next month’s Ukrainian presidential election.

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The two leaders exchanged views on the latest developments in Ukraine and condemned Russia’s illegal occupation of Crimea and continuing military provocations.

The Harper government has taken a tough stance on the Ukrainian situation, imposing economic and travel sanctions on Russian officials and institutions and expelling a Russian diplomat.

Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is continuing his swing through eastern European capitals to rally a common front against the Russian moves.

He is in Warsaw, where he and his Polish counterpart signed a declaration of principles and pledged to work together to strengthen democracy in Ukraine.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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