Canada seeks international support to ban Russian-issued passports in Ukraine

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Canada is courting international support for its plan to not recognize Russian passports given to Ukrainian citizens in the parts of Ukraine occupied by Kremlin-backed separatists.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada has presented technical details of a plan to allies attending this week's Ukraine reform conference in Toronto so they can follow suit.

Freeland says Canada won't allow anyone travelling from Ukraine's occupied eastern Donbass region to use a Russian passport to enter the country.

Freeland didn't have details on whether anyone has actually tried to do that.

It is also not clear how Ukrainian citizens living under Russian occupation could leave the region to travel abroad.

Freeland says Canada has a duty to denounce the Kremlin's passport scheme because it represents one more attack on Ukrainian sovereignty.