Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie says Russia’s ambassador to Canada will be summoned to highlight evidence of the brutal killings on the outskirts of Kyiv.
Jolie said the government was seized by the “serious incidents” that took place in Buka and Irpin over the past several days, which are now attracting global attention as Russian forces withdraw from the regions.
“I instructed my deputy minister to call the Russian ambassador to Ottawa to ensure that he is presented with photographs of what happened in Irpin and Buka,” he told reporters at NATO headquarters in Brussels.
Direct accounts of the devastation in the two suburbs by investigators, journalists and politicians alike paint a horrifying picture of what happened. Some describe lifeless corpses that are thrown along the roadside with their hands tied behind their backs, while others report evidence of rape and torture.
Jolie said there is a “level of inhumanity” in what has been observed.
Asked how the Canadian government reacted, the foreign affairs minister reiterated Ottawa’s support for the International Criminal Court to investigate Russian war crimes and ongoing military aid to Ukraine.
He said more announcements regarding further economic restrictions would be made in the coming days.
Jolie’s office once earlier summoned Oleg Stepanov after Russia’s initial incursion into Ukraine in late February.
At the time, Jolie said, “I called the Russian ambassador, I looked him in the eye and I told him what I thought was the situation in Canada.”
Ottawa is facing mounting pressure to evacuate Russian diplomats to Canada, as key allies move to do so.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters on Parliament Hill on Wednesday that while he acknowledges that Russian representatives here are spreading propaganda about the war, his removal prompted Russia to do the same with Canadian diplomats in Moscow which may have an important role.
“We have to weigh the negatives against the positives of having exceptional Canadians in Moscow giving us feedback about the Russian people, connecting with civil society and understanding and supporting Canadians and others who happen to be in Russia. time,” he said.
“We do not want to be without resources in Moscow.”
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