Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Canadian Senate Raynell Andreychuk said this in the greetings on the Independence Day of Ukraine.
"Today we reaffirm our support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and call for the immediate release of all Ukrainians illegally detained in Russia," the statement reads.
The senator also said that "celebrating the Independence Day, we note with regret the illegal actions of Russia in the occupied territories of eastern Ukraine and the Crimean peninsula. Arrests and detentions of numerous political prisoners provide evidence of serious violations of personal freedoms and persecution of Ukrainians and Ukrainian national minorities by the Kremlin," Andreychuk said.
She also noted the great support of the Ukrainian diaspora in the development of a free and independent Ukraine.