We condemn the Russian Backed Attacks on Civilians in Mariupol
Canada-Ukraine Foundation Condemns Russian-Backed Attacks on Civilians in Mariupol
The organization continues to provide humanitarian aid to those impacted by Putin’s aggression in Ukraine
26 January 2015: Toronto The Canada-Ukraine Foundation (CUF) today calls on the Russian-backed rebels to cease their brutal attacks on the Ukrainian people. On January 24, the Russian-sponsored terrorists occupying parts of the Donetsk oblast brutally and viciously attacked civilian targets in Mariupol killing at least 30 people, and injuring hundreds more.
“We are appealing to the Russian leadership to stop the brutal murder of Ukrainians, including innocent civilians and children,” said Victor Hetmanczuk, President and Chair of CUF. “Our organization has been tirelessly working to repair the physical and emotional wounds inflicted by the conflicts in Ukraine. This senseless onslaught has to stop.” CUF calls on all parties to honour the Minsk Agreements.
Russia, at the direction of Vladimir Putin, has been supplying, training and working with terrorists in Eastern Ukraine. The conflict in the region began on the heels of the Euromaidan movement in Kyiv, and the illegal annexation of the Crimean Peninsula by the Russian Federation in Spring 2014. CUF has been working with partners from Canada and Ukraine in delivering humanitarian aid to those affected by the fighting during Euromaidan and the war in Eastern Ukraine.
"We continue to develop programming and missions to support the victims of Russian-sponsored terrorism,” continued Hetmanczuk. “We hope that 2015 will see the end to war in Ukraine so that the long road to rebuilding and healing may begin.”
Earlier this week, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress issued the following Calls to Action of the international community. CUF supports these requests:
- Provide Ukraine the defensive military equipment necessary to defend itself;
- Impose further deep and comprehensive sanctions against Russia;
- Designate the so-called "Donetsk and Luhansk Peoples' Republics" as terrorist organizations; and
- Designate the Russian Federation, which commands and supplies these terrorists, as a state sponsor of terrorism.