Canadian delegation in Ukraine as situation intensifies

Foreign Affairs Minister pledges $200K in medical aid

Ukraine's parliament asks UN Security Council to step in
Photo from Twitter @HonJohnBaird

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is with a Canadian delegation in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, where he's showing Canada's support for that country's transition to democracy.

He announced Friday that Canada would be providing $200,000 in medical aid for Ukrainians caught in violence.

Baird visited Kyiv's main square to pay tribute to the dozens of Ukrainians killed in last week's anti-government protests.

He's expected to speak with Ukraine's new prime minister, Arseny Yatseniuk.

Ukraine's parliament has asked the UN Security council to consider the country's political turmoil. They passed a resolution calling for a security council session amid growing tension in the southern Crimea region.

It's there where two airports have been seized by armed men.

Ousted president Viktor Yanukovych will speak at a news conference Friday morning.

This will be his first public appearance since being ousted last weekend.


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  1. John posted on 02/28/2014 10:23 AM
    Canada has no business sending these clowns over there or giving them any of our money.
    purely politics by the conservatives. Canada are such lightweights when it comes to foreign policy. we should mind our own damn business
    1. SteveK_9567 posted on 02/28/2014 11:08 AM
      @John Who's the lightweight. Anyone with an understanding of Foreign Affairs will tell you that Canada brings almost 100 years of successful experience and Great Respect to the table. The fight for the Ukraine to switch to Democracy should be enough of a reason for us to be there, let alone the people who have died for that cause. Canadians have died on many battlegrounds for the very same thing. You're right to write what you did is only one of the freedoms you enjoy that they died for.

      Lightweight? I can assure you that I have no political axe to grind when I say that it doesn't matter whether it's Conservative, Liberal or NDP, all of them would do the very same thing. So because you don't like Harper you come out with such foolish rhetoric without a thought to the people fighting for the same freedoms you enjoy.
    2. SteveK_9567 posted on 02/28/2014 11:37 AM
      @John Who's the lightweight. There are over a million Canadian/Ukrainians in Canada. Further, the switch to Democracy is well worth anything we can do to help and show support for. Why do you think Putin is already having "war exercises" along the Crimea. I dont' have a political agenda but i can also guarantee that if it were a Liberal or NDP Government they would be doing exactly the same thing.

      Lightweight? in case you don't know your Canadian history we have been involved successfully in Foreign Affairs since World War I. Canada's history and approach to such matters stands tall in this field. Canada's position is very well respected around the world. I guess pushing your anti-Conservative agenda comes at all costs.
    3. John posted on 02/28/2014 12:27 PM
      @SteveK_9567 whoever the clown was that ran away the president. was he not elected democratically? he was! if the people don't like him elect him out. if they want to go the violent route that's their business and we should stop playing politics with other peoples tragedy like we are the good guys and we know best what their country wants. It's in Russia backyard so more to do with them than us.
      they love Europe so much let them give them money not us and i was born in Europe i'm pro Europe
    4. the real john posted on 02/28/2014 12:40 PM
      @John i am surprise nobody is doing this with the pov liberals in power . thats what i am waiting for .
  2. john posted on 02/28/2014 11:29 AM
    i think we should justin turdo down there . thay are his kinda people .
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