“Today marks Ukrainian Independence Day. What should be a day for celebration is instead marked by sorrow for what the people of Ukraine have endured since Russian President Vladimir Putin’s illegal invasion.

“Over the past 16 months, Ukrainians have stood together to fight against Russia’s challenge of their independence, and Alberta continues to stand with Ukraine and its people by welcoming more than 40,000 Ukrainian evacuees to our province. It is my hope that one day soon we can celebrate Ukraine’s freedom from Russian aggression once again.”