Statement by Canada on the mock referendums in Ukraine

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The Honorable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:

“Canada strongly condemns the sham referendums planned in the occupied regions of Ukraine. These dummy exercises with predetermined results will have no legitimacy and Canada will not recognize them. The borders will not change. The territory of Ukraine will remain that of Ukraine.

“Russia’s war was never about legitimate security interests – it was about President Vladimir Putin’s desire to redraw the map by force. From the start, the unprovoked invasion and unjustifiable attack by Russia aimed to seize and annex territories in an independent country, murdering and tormenting its citizens in the process.This is a blatant attack on the principles of a rules-based international order and of human rights, as well as a flagrant violation of international law, which also makes a mockery of the principles that Russia has pledged to uphold as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

“President Putin’s measures, announced in a patently misleading speech to the Russian people, serve as a pretext to implicate even more Russians – forcing them to kill and die in his desperate war of aggression and inflicting ever more death and destruction to their neighbors in Ukraine.Others will now be made complicit in President Putin’s heinous violence, which has resulted in countless deaths and utter devastation in places like Izium, Bucha and Mariupol.

“The sham referendums in Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson are not about democracy but about a desperate attempt to legitimize conquest and limit a surging Ukrainian counteroffensive. The international community must act to protect Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence. We urge other countries to join in rejecting Russia’s illegal attempts to steal Ukrainian lands through violence and terror. Canada has always stood by Ukraine, and we will continue to do so for as long as it takes.

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