Statement from the CBA President Steeves Bujold on the one-year anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine

  • February 24, 2023

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Russia’s latest invasion of Ukraine ordered by President Vladimir Putin. On this sad anniversary, we reiterate the importance of the rule of law as the foundation that supports democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Russia’s attack on the territorial sovereignty of Ukraine was a serious breach of international law and the laws of Ukraine. We condemn this act of aggression, and we call for respect of international humanitarian law.

We support the Canadian government response and actions to date relating to the hostilities in Ukraine, and we call on the government to continue to pursue diplomatic solutions that further assist in the resolution of this conflict and accountability for any breaches of international law.

Last year, the CBA launched an initiative to provide services, without charge, to individuals affected by the crisis in Ukraine who wish to come to Canada. This initiative, spearheaded by lawyers in the CBA Immigration Law Section, has so far helped over 600 Ukrainians seeking legal consultations and advice, and is still ongoing.

The CBA will continue to stand in solidarity with its colleagues in the Ukrainian Bar Association, and with the entire Ukrainian-Canadian community across the country.