Canada closes embassy in Ukraine and relocates diplomatic staff over war fears

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OTTAWA – Canada has closed its embassy in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev and moved its diplomatic staff to a temporary office in the west of the country, fearing a war with Russia.

Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly announced the decision this afternoon in a statement accusing Russia of the deteriorating security situation in Ukraine.

Russia has mobilized 100,000 troops on its border with Ukraine and is demanding a series of concessions from the NATO military alliance, of which Canada is a member.

While Russia denied wanting a war, diplomatic talks between Moscow and the West failed to resolve the impasse and NATO leaders began warning of a conflict in Ukraine.

Joly announced the closure of the embassy in Kyiv shortly after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

A summary of the conversation from the Prime Minister’s Office said Trudeau underlined Canada’s support for Ukraine and promised that a Russian invasion would be sanctioned by economic sanctions.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on February 12, 2022.

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