Russia Launched A Military Attack On Ukraine Overnight & Here's How Canada Responded
"Russia's actions will be met with severe consequences."
Canada has responded after Russian troops launched an attack on Ukraine on Thursday, February 24, with President Vladimir Putin reportedly warning that any attempt to interfere would lead to "consequences you have never seen."
CBC News reports that Russian military vehicles have started moving into Ukraine and that significant explosions were heard in Kyiv, the capital, and near Kharkiv in the east and Odesa in the west.
The Russian military has also reportedly claimed to have entirely taken out Ukraine's air defences and the Ukrainian air space has been declared an active conflict zone by European officials.
According to The New York Times, more than 40 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and more are wounded following fighting on Thursday morning.
Attention Canadians in #Ukraine: Russia has begun a military operation in Ukraine, launching attacks on several cities. Monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities. Full travel advice: http://ow.ly/UXA250I2ZAz\u00a0pic.twitter.com/VTnk0lZF9Q— Travel.gc.ca (@Travel.gc.ca) 1645694086
In response, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau issued a statement that reads, "Canada condemns in the strongest possible terms Russia's egregious attack on Ukraine."
Describing the actions as "unprovoked," Trudeau called the situation overnight "a clear further violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity."
"Canada calls on Russia to immediately cease all hostile and provocative actions against Ukraine and withdraw all military and proxy forces from the country," the statement added.
The Canadian PM confirmed that Russia's actions "will be met with severe consequences" and said he will meet with G7 partners and other allies on Thursday morning to "collectively respond to these reckless and dangerous acts, including by imposing significant sanctions in addition to those already announced."
Canada condemns \u2013 in the strongest possible terms \u2013 Russia\u2019s egregious attack on Ukraine. These unprovoked actions are a clear further violation of Ukraine\u2019s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and of Russia\u2019s obligations under international law and the Charter of the UN.— Justin Trudeau (@Justin Trudeau) 1645677486
"We continue to stand with Ukraine, its people, and the Ukrainian Canadian community here in Canada. Russia's brazen acts will not go unpunished."
Transport Canada responded to the "increased risk in Eastern Ukraine" by updating its NOTAM to prohibit Canadian pilots and air operators from entering certain parts of Ukraine's airspace.
A travel advisory urging Canadians to avoid all travel to Ukraine "due to armed conflict with Russia" was updated overnight. Travellers who are already in the country are urged to "shelter in place unless it is safe for you to leave the country."
In response to increased risk in Eastern Ukraine, we\u2019ve updated our #NOTAM to prohibit Canadian air operators and owners of aircraft registered in Canada from entering the Dnipropetrovsk and Simferopol regions of #Ukraine airspace— Transport Canada (@Transport Canada) 1645665730
As Russian troops launched military action, Putin issued a warning to other countries.
"I have a few words for those who could feel tempted to interfere with ongoing developments: whoever tries to impede us, let alone create threats for our country and its people, must know that the Russian response will be immediate and lead to consequences you have never seen in history," he said, according to CBC News.
Canada's Minister of Emergency Preparedness, Bill Blair, shared a message late on Wednesday saying, "Canada condemns this act of Russian aggression and supports Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity."
Former PM Stephen Harper tweeted that he is praying "for the freedom loving people of Ukraine, for their right to choose their own future, for their right to live in peace."
American President Joe Biden wrote, "Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack will bring, and the United States and its Allies and partners will respond in a united and decisive way. The world will hold Russia accountable."
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