CG4DU | 14Nov2014 | Oksana Bashuk Hepburn
Canada Ukraine Plan for Action
Toronto -- Ukraine needs immediate Western help to deal with some
pressing concerns against Russia’s aggression says the Canadian Group
for Democracy in Ukraine in its Canada Ukraine Plan of Action submitted
to the Government of Canada.
The CG4DU calls on Canada to help Ukraine in three areas: assist in
dealing with Russia’s war of aggression; expand Western sanctions; and
offer Western knowhow in tackling reforms and corruption. The Plan
comprises fourteen actions.
“The West has been giving Russia the benefit of the doubt since the
breakup of the USSR. We assumed Putin was like us. The action plan is a
more realistic way of dealing with Putin and his backward, criminal
dictatorship; fine for obedient insiders accumulating wealth, misery
for the rest,” says Myroslava Oleksiuk, one of the signees.
The action plan aims to strengthen the West’s response to Putin’s
treacherous aggression not just for Ukraine: for global peace and
security. To this end Ukraine needs military assistance that individual
NATO members can and need to provide immediately to counter Russia’s
military presence in Ukraine.
“President Putin brags publicly ‘the bear does not ask, the bear
takes’, and we let him,” says Oksana Bashuk Hepburn. “Putin is not
just Ukraine’s enemy. He is not some rag-tag terrorist group like ISIS.
He is much more dangerous. He is the head of a state with vast
financial resources and a huge military and nuclear capability at his
disposal. He has no internal checks on him and, as we see with Ukraine,
no international oversight. He does as he wishes and we let him.”
One way to hold him in check is to assist Ukraine militarily as
requested by its President Petro Poroshenko during his visit to Canada.
The Group urges immediate support for this and other issues from the
Government of Canada while there is still time by creating a special
task force to tackle this global urgency.
“We have asked members of the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship
Group to bring our action plan to the attention of all concerned
ministers and officials in Canada and to seek support from other
like-minded countries. We need a specific task force to focus on this
huge and urgent issue,” adds Bashuk Hepburn.
The Canadian Group for
Democracy in Ukraine is dedicated to the furthering of democracy in
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For further information please contact:
Oksana Bashuk Hepburn 613 769 5996 or 941 387 8538
Myroslava Oleksiuk 416 471 5675
CANADA UKRAINE PLAN for ACTION
To ensure a firmer response to President Vladimir Putin's war of terror
in Ukraine, the Canadian Group for Democracy in Ukraine has consulted
widely and offers a 14 point action plan for consideration by the
Government of Canada and other governments supportive of national
sovereignty, territorial integrity and the rule of law.
I. Russia’s military
aggression in Ukraine and the war outcome
Ukraine is winning the six-month war against Russia-led terrorists
without Western military assistance. This is a war for democratic
values-- freedom, sovereignty and territorial integrity-- against
despotism and aggression: Canada’s values. Ukraine and Western values
must win. For that to happen Ukraine needs military assistance.
1/ Canada needs to use suasion to convince the United States of America
that its global leadership demands a stronger stance against Russia.
President Putin is emboldened by President Obama’s reluctance to deal
militarily with Russia’s terror in Ukraine.
2/ Canada needs to declare Russia as a terrorist export state like
ISIS, Syria and Iran and convince the US to do likewise as well as gain
support from other likeminded friends in particular Australia, Poland,
Sweden and the Baltic States.
3/ Canada needs to act and urge others to take advantage of NATO’s
decision to allow individual members to send military aid to Ukraine.
4/ Under no circumstances can Russia be allowed to weasel its way into
undermining the international communities’ position concerning the
illegal annexation of Crimea or become a negotiator for the occupied
Luhansk and Donetsk territories. As Russia claims that it plays no part
in the aggression it, therefore, has no business in playing a part in
There cannot be any cut backs of sanctions until Russia pulls out of
Crimea, Luhansk and Donetsk and meets obligations set out in a variety
of other agreements including Minsk, the Budapest Memorandum, and the
UN Declaration of Human Rights. ( Note: Crimea was not “given” to
Ukraine. It was exchanged for Ukrainian territories in southeastern
Ukraine given to Russia.) Ukraine is the aggrieved party here; Russia
is the aggressor. It must pay the price for having invaded a sovereign
state, disrupted the world order, broken international agreements and
killed, abducted, tortured and displaced citizens of another country
while destroying a neighbour’s economy, infrastructure and lives. To
1/ Canada must urge democracies to increase punitive sanctions against
Russia as it continues to violate cease-fire agreements and fails to
adhere to its international commitments.
2/ Canada and others must harmonize sanctions to shore up loopholes and
shame those who abuse them. Serving as image or financial consultants
to corrupted criminals of Ukraine’s previous presidency is tantamount
to collaborating with terrorists -- and calls for sanctions. The
removal of two Russian banks from Canada’s sanction lists needs to be
3/ Canada needs to curtail exchanges with Russia -- political,
government, sport, academic, cultural -- in favour of increased
exchanges with Ukraine, and persuade other governments to do likewise.
Events, like the pro-Putin concert in London, with Queen Elizabeth
invited, need to be exposed for what they are: pro-terrorist rallies.
They demonstrate to Putin Europe’s lack of resolve in opposing Russia’s
unlawful behaviour and thereby weakens the censure that sanctions are
intended to convey.
4/ Canada must convince other G-20 members, in particular Australia the
host country, to disinvite Mr. Putin out of respect for the Australians
murdered in the dawning of the Malaysian airplane by Russian-led
terrorists using Russian equipment. Canada, too, had an innocent
victim. Doing less pays homage to and encourages the predator. It gives
credence to his lies and propaganda.
III. Fighting corruption
and moving forward on reforms
Supporting the values of Maidan -- dignity without corruption --
requires establishing a long-term relationship between Canada and
Ukraine that can exist despite great distances. Drawing on the “family”
ties and underscoring the benefits to both countries an enhanced
Canada/Ukraine relationship would provide Ukraine with a Western mentor
to help it get through the transition years while it tackles corruption
In turn, Canada can gain a foothold in one of the largest and richest
countries-- in natural and human resources-- in Europe and in its
political and economic development by:
1/ Helping Ukraine eliminate parliamentary immunity that allows
criminals posing as legislators to escape prosecution;
2/ Establishing a Help Ukraine Taskforce comprising senior public
servants to assist Ukraine in establishing itself as the new democratic
frontier supported by Canada’s expertise and best practices including
the military/private sector oversight; judicial, fiscal, tax reforms;
and reorganization of the public sector;
3/ Working with Ukraine’s government and grass roots entities,
particularly supporting newly formed civic organizations (as opposed to
traditional members of the ‘NGO-cracy’) devoted to fighting corruption
and implementing reforms in order to build institutional relationships
and strengthen Ukraine’s capacity;
4/ Increasing exchanges with Ukraine by substituting Russia's
attendees with those from Ukraine;
5/ Learning from Ukraine about the danger of losing national
independence by passing ownership of Canada’s strategic industries --
energy, agriculture, natural resources -- to Russia. Paying attention
to Canada’s Arctic. Balancing Russia’s propaganda on Canadians by
adequately presenting the reality;
6/ Providing Ukraine with adequate human and financial support to
reflect commitment to Canada’s values and thus expedite its European integration which it has
chosen over that with Russia.
We thank you again for your ongoing efforts. We are most anxious to
discuss this critically important global issue at your earliest
convenience to further clarify Canada Ukraine relations. This will be
particularly important given the Rada elections which are expected to
bring in a new pro-Ukraine, pro-West and pro- reform political
parliament. It will welcome, we’re sure, all the help it can get from
Oksana Bashuk Hepburn
Canadian Group for Democracy in Ukraine
Groupe Canadienne pour la Démocratie en Ukraine
Канадськa Група сприяння демократії в Україні