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Manitoba stands with Ukraine

A man waves a Russian flag during a pro Russian rally at a central square in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Monday. Many Russian-speakers in the region continue to protest against the new Ukrainian government following the overthrow of pro-Kremlin President Viktor Yanukovych.

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A man waves a Russian flag during a pro Russian rally at a central square in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Monday. Many Russian-speakers in the region continue to protest against the new Ukrainian government following the overthrow of pro-Kremlin President Viktor Yanukovych.

The Selinger government will introduce a motion today calling for solidarity with Ukraine and affirming support for the democratic process.

"Ukrainian immigrants have shaped our culture and economy, and will forever be a part of the Manitoban identity," Premier Greg Selinger said in a statement. "Manitoba stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people as they work towards greater peace, democracy and freedom."

The motion, to be debated Monday afternoon after question period, is expected to receive all-party support. It will be introduced by Mineral Resources Minister Dave Chomiak and seconded by Ron Schuler, MLA for St. Paul.

It also condemns the violence in Ukraine and encourages Manitobans to participate as international observers in upcoming elections.

Selinger also recently proclaimed March 9-15 as Taras Shevchenko Week in honour of the work of the international poet, writer and champion of Ukrainian sovereignty, and to mark the bicentenary of Shevchenko’s birth.

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