Ukrainian Winnipeggers rally on eve of minister visit to Kiev

Dozens of Ukrainian Winnipeggers gathered on the steps of the legislature Sunday night to mark the first anniversary of the Euromaidan –civil unrest in Ukraine.

Canadian Minister of National Defence, Rob Nicholson, to visit Kiev Monday

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress's Manitoba Provincial Council held rally at the legislature Sunday evening to mark the first anniversary of the Euromaidan and show solidarity with the Ukraine. (Wendy Buelow/CBC)

Dozens of Ukrainian Winnipeggers gathered on the steps of the legislature Sunday night to mark the first anniversary of the Euromaidan –the civil unrest in Ukraine we saw last year.

The rally was organized by Manitoba's Ukrainian Canadian Congress. 

“What we want to achieve by this is to bring attention to Canadians of the events in Ukraine over the year. Lots of things happened, there’s still a war going on,” said Ostap Skrypnyk. “There’s still Russian aggression, and we’d like the Canadian government to continue its good work in supporting Ukraine.”
Ukrainian border guards stand on guard at a base close to the Russian border near Donetsk earlier this week. The Ukrainian border service said Thursday it was introducing more stringent conditions on Russians. (Konstantin Chernichkin/Reuters)

Last year, protests against the Pro-Russian government in Kiev led to the revolution.

Sunday night, candles were lit and Ukrainian flags were raised at the legislature to show solidarity with Ukraine.

On Monday, Canada’s Minister of National Defence, Rob Nicholson, was scheduled to visit Kiev.