“A year ago, on March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring that the Crimea ‘referendum’ had no legal validity and calling on states to refrain from any action aimed at modifying Ukraine’s border. Canada was proud to co-sponsor the resolution and remains among the leading supporters of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, including Crimea.
“Our support to Ukraine has continued to grow and includes contributions to the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). This unarmed civilian mission aims to reduce tensions and foster stability and security. Specifically, the OSCE SMM plays a key role in monitoring and verifying the implementation of the ceasefire provisions under the Minsk agreements and has a mandate to operate throughout the Ukrainian territory.
“Canada was one of the first countries to announce its contribution to the SMM at the beginning of the crisis. Canada welcomes the extension of this monitoring mission and is happy to announce today an additional Canadian contribution of $2 million, as well as an extension of the term of as many as 25 Canadian monitors who are experts in security, human rights, the rule of law and media.
“Canada remains committed to supporting Ukraine as it resists Russian aggression while undertaking the reforms necessary to ensure its future as a democratic, stable and prosperous country.
“Since January 2014, Canada has announced more than $575 million in assistance to Ukraine, which includes non-lethal military equipment sent to the Government of Ukraine government to address a number of critical needs on the ground. Canada has also imposed a broad range of sanctions against more than 270 Russian and Ukrainian individuals and entities. Canada will never recognize the illegal Russian occupation of any part of Ukraine.”