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U of Winnipeg’s Axworthy to visit Ukraine for pre-election assessment

Ukrainian soldiers fold the Ukrainian flag, which was removed by a Crimean pro- Russian self-defence force at the Ukrainian Navy headquarters in Sevastopol, Crimea, on March 19.
Ukrainian soldiers fold the Ukrainian flag, which was removed by a Crimean pro- Russian self-defence force at the Ukrainian Navy headquarters in Sevastopol, Crimea, on March 19. Andrew Lubimov / The Associated Press

WINNIPEG — University of Winnipeg president Lloyd Axworthy will leave Monday on a trip to Ukraine.

Axworthy will be an official delegate with the Washington-based National Democratic Institute, which is conducting a pre-election assessment for the May 25 presidential election in Ukraine.

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The group will meet with election officials, candidates, party leaders and the media as it assesses the legal and political environment in the country.

The delegation will present its findings on April 11.

Axworthy, a former federal foreign affairs minister, received an honorary doctorate in Ukraine in April 2013.

Ukraine has been in crisis as Russia entered and annexed the Crimean Peninsula in March.

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