As Russia’s military actions continue against Ukraine, with Pro-Russian rebels shooting down two Ukrainian fighter jets 35 kilometers away from the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Vancouverites took to the street today.
Members of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress protested outside the Russian Consulate in Vancouver.
They chanted “Putin’s terror, Russia’s shame.”
“We are here to protest against what Putin is doing against Ukraine, and now all of the other countries that were involved in the airline disaster.”
“We are here to show support for Ukraine, and Ukrainian people.”
“It’s about democracy around the world.”
“It is very emotional.”
The Vancouver-based group was divided when asked if Canada is doing enough.
“I think they’ve done an incredible job to fight for democracy and freedom.”
“At the rate the Ukrainian aircraft are being shot down, especially Ukrainian helicopters, we will be needing helicopters; we will need military equipment.”
“Canada is doing what it can, it’s the European countries that need to be doing alot more.”
“I would like to see military support in Ukraine.”
Canada announced this week it will slap more sanctions against Russian individuals and entities, including government agencies.
Canada has so far imposed sanctions against 110 Russian individuals and entities.
The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was shot down by a suspected surface-to-air missile last week, with the loss of 298 lives.