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 Canada closely monitors situation in Avdiivka, condemns Russian-backed forces’ actions, Foreign Minister Freeland says

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada Chrystia Freeland expresses overwhelming concern about the escalation of violence in Ukraine’s east and pledges to make efforts together with the defense minister to extend Operation UNIFIER, the military training provided to Ukrainian soldiers by Canadian instructors.

Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.

The foreign minister said she was closely monitoring the situation in Avdiivka and maintained close contact with Kyiv-based Canada's Ambassador to Ukraine Roman Vashchuk.

Freeland also said she was very much concerned about the escalation of violence in the Donbas adding that Canadian government condemned the actions of the Russian-backed separatist forces near Avdiivka.

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According to her, she is working closely with Canada's defense minister to extend Operation UNIFIER, which they believe does its task brilliantly.

About 200 Canadian military instructors have been training Ukrainian servicemen at Yavoriv and Kamianets-Podilskyi military training areas under Operation UNIFIER for two years. However, the mission's mandate expires March 31, 2017, which is why President of Ukraine asked Justin Trudeau during Canadian Prime Minister's visit to Kyiv to extend the mission. Ottawa submitted no official response to the request so far.

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