Canada Withdraws Non-Essential Embassy Staff in Ukraine

The Canadian Foreign Affairs Ministry announced the temporary withdrawal of non-essential Canadian employees and remaining dependents from its embassy in Ukraine amid an international standoff over Russian troops build-up on the borders of Ukraine. 

“Canada has made the decision to temporarily withdraw non-essential Canadian employees and remaining dependants from the Canadian embassy in Ukraine,” the Canadian Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

The ministry added it would be reinforcing its team at the Canadian Embassy in Ukraine with experts in “security sector reform, conflict management, democratic reform, consular services, and diplomacy.” 

“Together, they will increase our diplomatic capacity and allow us to continue to assess and respond to the evolving situation in support of Ukraine,” the ministry said.

Meanwhile, Canadian Defence Minister Anita Anand arrived in Ukraine on Sunday and said that Canada would continue to take all precautions necessary to keep the Canadian Armed Forces safe and secure.

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