Embassy of Canada, Kyiv

Ukraine Canada Larisa Galadza
Embassy of Canada to Ukraine
Embassy of Canada and Australia in Kiev, Ukraine.jpg
LocationKiev, Ukraine
Address13A Kostelna Street
Coordinates50°27′10″N 30°31′27″E / 50.4527°N 30.5243°E / 50.4527; 30.5243Coordinates: 50°27′10″N 30°31′27″E / 50.4527°N 30.5243°E / 50.4527; 30.5243
AmbassadorLarisa Galadza
WebsiteOfficial website

The Embassy of Canada to Ukraine in Kyiv is the diplomatic mission of Canada to Ukraine.

History

Canada was the first western nation to recognize Ukraine's independence on December 2, 1991. The existence of a large Ukrainian-Canadian community has led to continued close relations between the two nations. The Embassy of Canada to Ukraine was established on May 3, 1992. The Consulate of Canada in Lviv provides services to western Ukraine.[1]

The Canadian embassy in Kyiv provides essential services to both Canadians and Ukrainians. Canadian citizens can contact the Canadian embassy if they are in need of medical assistance, notarial services, legal services, passport services or citizenship applications, registration of Canadians residing in Ukraine, information about local regulations, emergency services, financial assistance, money transfers, marriage, divorce and death certificates, assistance for arrested or detained Canadians, information on the whereabouts and well-being of Canadians in Ukraine, and information about child abduction and custody.

Since 20 November 2014 the Australian Embassy to Ukraine has been co-located in the same building under an agreement with the Government of Canada.[2][3]

Demonstrations in 2014

The Canadian embassy in Kyiv was attacked amid violent protests in the country,[4] when a group armed with sticks attacked the embassy. The embassy had been sheltering hundreds of protesters. The unidentified persons that were part of the group started crushing property. They also tried to inflict bodily harm on embassy staff.

These demonstrations disrupted transportation and blocked major intersections, including those in close proximity to the Embassy of Canada in Kyiv. There were multiple incidents of violence associated with these protests, which resulted in injuries and fatalities, including in areas adjacent to popular tourist sites and commercial centers.[5]

The events in Kyiv shook the city, rattled by months of unrest. A decision to close the embassy came after authorities stormed a camp of activists, triggering fiery clashes that killed at least 26 people.[6][7]

The Embassy of Canada in Kyiv closed for security reasons, according to a recorded message on the embassy’s phone lines. The message said that embassy staff continued to provide consular services, and asked Canadians in the country to contact the department if in need of help.[8]

The Canadian government decided to partially evacuate the Canadian embassy in Kyiv. A diplomat from the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that all embassy staffers whose presence was not necessitated by the developments, as well as members of their families, had been asked to leave Kyiv for a while.[9]

The embassy also moved from Yaroslaviv Val to Kostelna Street

Canada's Ambassadors

See also

References

  1. ^ Canada - Ukraine Relations
  2. ^ Australian Government extends diplomatic presence in Ukraine
  3. ^ Welcome to the Australian Embassy, Kyiv
  4. ^ "EMBASSY OF CANADA IN KIEV WAS ATTACKED". Archived from the original on 2014-07-26. Retrieved 2014-07-24.
  5. ^ Canadian Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine Attacked Amid Protests
  6. ^ Canada closes embassy in Ukraine
  7. ^ Canada Embassy in Kiev Shut Down
  8. ^ Canada closes embassy in Kiev as Ukrainian violence escalates
  9. ^ Canada partially evacuates its embassy in Kiev
  10. ^ Canada's Ambassadors since Ukraine's Independence
  11. ^ Ambassador's Message
  12. ^ Announcement of new diplomatic appointments