CG4DU | 17Apr2018 | Oksana Bashuk Hepburn
Canadian Group for Democracy in Ukraine
Letter to Chrystia Freeland re Ukraine Issues
April 17, 2018
Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs House of
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Dear Madame Minister,
As former Soviet Union nations continue progressing peacefully towards
democratization and international rule of law, the Russian Federation
Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia attacks sovereign neighbours,
aids dictators, flaunts truths, laws and agreements. The Kremlin wages
hybrid wars through the Orthodox faith, cyber-attacks, propaganda and
violent conflicts. It does so globally; particularly in democratic
states it wants to cower, upturning global peace and security. Russia
must stop, or must be stopped, before its strategically planned global
cataclysm rains down upon us.
The importance of the G-7 foreign minister meeting, therefore, cannot
be underestimated. To that end, we offer some thoughts for your
consideration and sharing with your G-7 counterparts.
The latest round of sanctions, imposed by the Unites States against its
actions in Syria, Ukraine, the US, the UK, EU and other democratic
states, staggered Russia. We, therefore, ask the G-7 governments for
additional sanctions. As minimum, synchronize up to those recently
imposed by the U.S. Also, add the key offender, President Putin to the
Canada must respond in solidarity with its allies to Russia’s
treacherous poisoning of citizens of Great Britain and Syria, and
address the substantial shortfalls of its current list.
Madame Minister, we’re proud of Canada’s UNIFIER program with Ukraine
and call for greater participation by all G-7 countries. Such defence
programs strengthen Ukraine’s armed forces, foster bonds among allies,
and build a united front against Russia’s aggression.
But more must be done.
Ukraine’s NATO Membership Action Plan needs to be fast-tracked. As you
may know, over 40 countries support Ukraine’s request for UN
peacekeepers in Russia-occupied territories and along its border.
Because it might veto this appeal in the UN Security Council, the
creation of a temporary international administration mechanism needs
serious consideration. Here, Canada is uniquely qualified, and capable
of taking the lead with its allies.
Regrettably, it is no secret that while Ukraine’s warriors are
sacrificing lives -- defending home and Europe -- corruption is endemic
and growing in Ukraine’s civilian and defence sectors. Corruption saps
the morale of its soldiers and deprives them of essential equipment and
supplies critical to oust Russia.
We commend Canada for inviting Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, Pavlo
Klimkin, to the meeting. He knows first-hand Russia’s global intentions
and may have insights on how to deal with them. However, he should take
back a key message: all G-7 foreign ministers expect his government to
ensure that its armed forces and defence-related industry do not
sabotage Ukraine’s freedom by allowing scoundrels -- especially those
in high positions -- to abuse domestic and foreign resources committed
to the nation’s security.
In battling corruption, Canada and others might pressure Ukraine to
implement reforms and accept technical assistance for the development
of transparency and controls vital to the proper use of public funds
and property within the appropriate establishments.
Regarding energy, Russia has a history of using it to achieve political
goals: It extorts concessions from those who dependent on its source.
Therefore, we ask Canada and the G-7 colleagues to join the U.S. in
encouraging Europeans to withhold approval of the Nord Stream pipeline.
Economics do not justify it. The main intent is to tilt the balance of
power in Russia’s favour by controlling energy supplies to the EU and
bypassing Ukraine. Such isolation will facilitate Russia’s goal of
further occupation. Furthermore, the pipeline poses a significant risk
to the environment; another key aspect of global security and this
We close Minister, by thanking you and the other G-7 foreign ministers
for efforts to maintain global peace and security. Recognizing
President Putin’s lead of rogue states to undermine this goal, we are
confident that avenues will be found to counter his increasingly
destructive ways. Defeating his war against Ukraine and making it a
strong democracy severely undermines his ends.
Therefore, we view Mr. Klimkin’s participation at the meeting as most
significant and once again urge you and the G-7 ministers to consider
our views designed to strengthen global security by halting Russia’s
foreign strategy of spreading chaos.
With best wishes for a successful meeting and warmest regards,
Oksana Bashuk Hepburn
Dr. Ihor Cap
Lada L. Roslycky
Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
Peter Boehm, DM for G7 Summit
Ian Shugart DM, Global Affairs
Stefanie Beck, ADM, Europe Middle East & Maghreb Leigh Sarty,
DG, European Affairs
Hon. Andrew Scheer, MP
Hon. Erin O’Toole, MP
James Bezan MP
Helene Laverdiere, MP
Randall Garrison, MP
Pierre Paul-Hus, MP
Mathew Dube, MP
Borys Wrzesnewskyj MP
Senator Raynell Andreychuk
Ambassador Roman Waschuk
Ambassador Andriy Shevchenko
Paul Grod, UCC
Eugene Czolij, UWC
James Temerty C.M.