Canada to increase support for security and stabilization efforts in Ukraine
February 24 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada
One year ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the full-scale illegal and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine. Today, we mark an entire year of devastating war that has had a catastrophic effect on Ukraine, its neighbours and people around the world. We have witnessed immense human suffering, appalling human rights violations and intentional cruelty done to the people of an independent and sovereign nation. Yet the brave and resilient people of Ukraine continue to fight with extraordinary courage and inspire Canadians and people around the world with their unwavering resolve to defend their homeland and sovereignty.
Canada has been steadfast in its commitment to support Ukraine’s security and resilience and to hold Russia accountable for its atrocities and crimes. As Ukraine and the international community mark this sombre day, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced Canada’s contribution of more than $32 million in support to further strengthen Ukraine’s security and stabilization. This includes:
- $7.5 million for demining efforts
- over $13 million for accountability efforts, including to address conflict-related sexual violence
- over $12 million to counter chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats.
In addition, Canada is pleased to announce it has joined the Atrocity Crimes Advisory Group for Ukraine (ACA) alongside the United States, United Kingdom and European Union. The ACA will directly support the efforts of the War Crimes Units of the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine to document, preserve, and analyze evidence of war crimes and other atrocities committed in Ukraine, to ensure those responsible are held accountable.
Canada will always stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
“Today, the world marks a devastating milestone of 1 year since Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable full-scale invasion of Ukraine. For an entire year, Canada and the international community have rallied like never before to support Ukraine’s resilience in the face of President Putin’s aggressions. Canada’s support for Ukraine’s sovereignty is unwavering. We will not stand down until Russia is held accountable for its crimes.”
- Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Approximately $9.7 million of today’s announcement is part of a larger announcement made by Prime Minister Trudeau in June 2022, for additional demining and accountability projects in Ukraine.
Since February 2022, Canada has committed over $5 billion in multifaceted support to Ukraine, including over $2.6 billion in financial assistance, over $1.2 billion in military aid, $320 million in humanitarian aid, an additional $96 million in development assistance, and over $73.8 million in security and stabilization programming.
Canada continues to work closely with its NATO allies and its EU and G7 partners, along with the broader international community, to coordinate response measures and support for Ukraine.
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