Canada closes embassy in the Ukraine

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Associated Press

Posted on February 19, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 19 at 1:05 PM

TORONTO (AP) — Canada has closed its embassy in the Ukraine after protesters entered the embassy amid a violent crackdown on opposition demonstrators outside.

Adam Hodge, a spokesman for Canada's foreign affairs minister, said Wednesday the government closed the embassy after protesters entered the reception center on Tuesday. Hodge says as a security precaution to ensure the protection of staff the embassy will remain closed until further notice.

A handful of anti-government protesters took shelter inside the Canadian embassy in Ukraine's capital after riot police barged into a large opposition camp with stun grenades and water cannon. Fewer than a dozen protesters sought refuge Tuesday in the reception area of the embassy in Kyiv.

At least 25 people have died in the protests.

Canada is threatening sanctions.

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