Ukraine election proves Canada’s support works — and must continue: ambassador

The clearest evidence that Canadian and western support for Ukraine is yielding positive results is the peaceful transition of power after presidential elections two months ago, and a continued Canadian presence in elections next month could help highlight further Russian attempts at interference.That’s according to Andriy Shevchenko, Ukraine’s ambassador to Canada, in an interview with The West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson.Story continues below

“It’s something which most Canadians take for granted but it’s not something we take for granted in our part of the world,” he said, adding he is glad for the roughly 500 Canadian election observers who have been sent to monitor the highly anticipated elections in the country.READ MORE: Ukrainian TV star Volodymyr Zelenskiy sworn in as president, dissolves parliament moments laterThose results were widely viewed as a test for how the country would handle attempts by Russia to interfere in its election.Interference had been anticipated to take the form both of cyber manipulation as well as physical blocking of access to polls in areas like Crimea and eastern parts of Ukraine, and the Canadian Press reported earlier this year that Russian interference still kept roughly one million Ukrainians from going to the polls.WATCH BELOW: Ukraine’s new comedian president outlines priorities