Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he will attend the swearing-in of Ukrainian president-elect Petro Poroshenko to show Canada's support of Ukraine quest for prosperity and stability.
Harper criticized says Ukrainians deserve a government that can defend it from outside threats.
The prime minister has labelled Russian President Vladimir Putin a threat to world peace after Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula, and for instigating the continuing unrest in eastern Ukraine.
Canada is home to more than 1 million people of Ukrainian descent.
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