Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko speaks to Parliament, meets PM

OTTAWA – The House of Commons will pause Wednesday to welcome the president of Ukraine, who will address Parliament at the request of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Harper invited Petro Poroshenko as a show of support for Ukraine as it fights pro-Russian rebels.

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Harper will also meet privately with Poroshenko, who will next travel to the U.S. to meet with President Barack Obama on Thursday.

The visit comes amid news that rocket fire hit a building in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk, killing at least one person.

Civilian casualties in the region continue despite a nearly two-week-old cease-fire between Kyiv and Russia.

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On Tuesday, the federal government announced it was targeting more Russian officials with sanctions and travel bans as part of its pressure campaign against president Vladimir Putin’s activities in Ukraine.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Canada will send 200 election observers and a dozen members of Parliament to Ukraine next month to help monitor the country’s parliamentary elections.

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Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko speaks to Parliament, meets PM