Peace deal doesn't change Canada's position on Ukraine: Minister

Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander in Toronto on Thursday February 6,...

Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander in Toronto on Thursday February 6, 2014. Michael Peake/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency files

Daniel Proussalidis, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 3:03 PM ET

OTTAWA — Canada welcomes news of a new peace deal between the Russian-backed government of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich and pro-Western protesters, but a spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the government will "judge actions not words."

"The regime must deliver on its commitments to the Ukrainian people and end the violence that has led to the deaths of scores of civilians," spokesman Jason MacDonald said in a statement. "We will continue to work closely with our allies on next steps, including the implementation of asset freezes should events on the ground necessitate additional measures. Travel restrictions against senior regime figures will remain in place."

Ukraine's opposition leaders signed the deal with Yanukovich on Friday, paving the way for an early presidential election this year.

At least 77 people were killed in Kiev this week as police cracked down on protesters — some of the worst violence since protests began in November when Yanukovich embraced closer ties to Russia and turned his back on an EU trade deal.


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