An update on Ukraine, from a Canadian delegation
The United Nations Security council is holding an emergency meeting on the situation in Ukraine right now (Mon late aft). Russia's envoy Vitaly Churkin says Ukraine's ousted leader Vicktor Yanukovich has sent a letter to Russian President Vladmir Putin. Churkin says Yanukovich requests Putin use the Russian military to restore law and order in Ukraine.
Churkin quoted from the letter:
"Under the influence of Western countries, there are open acts of terror and violence. People are being persecuted for language and political reasons."
Also today, the European Union and the United States warned Russia to scale back its military presence in the Crimea region. Thousands of Russian troops control ports, airports and other strategic locations in Crimea. And today they seized control of Ukraine's border guard station at the ferry crossing between Russia and Crimea.
Taras Zalusky, executive director of the Ukranian Canadian Congress just returned from a trip to Kyiv last night, as part of the Canadian delegation with foreign affairs minister John Baird. He joined us to describe what he saw there.
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