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Newsline: Canada suspends embassy and consulate operations in Ukraine temporarily

The Canadian minister of foreign affairs announced Thursday that the country will temporarily suspend embassy and consulate operations in Ukraine. “The situation in Ukraine has rapidly deteriorated and poses serious challenges. As a result, we are temporarily suspending operations at both our embassy and our consulate in Ukraine. Canadian personnel are now safely in Poland,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Mélanie Joly said in a statement. Joly said operations at the embassy and consulate will resume when “the security situation in Ukraine allows us to ensure the adequate delivery of services.” “The safety and security of all Canadians is our highest priority,” Joly said. “Canadians should continue to avoid all travel to Ukraine. We urge those currently in Ukraine to shelter in place unless it is safe for them to leave the country.” (https://edition.cnn.com/europe/live-news/ukraine-russia-news-02-24-22-intl/index.html) Consular services will remain available to Canadians in Ukraine.

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