The local MLA is calling on the federal government to take action.

Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville MLA Jackie Armstrong-Homeniuk wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday (Jan.24), calling for an open line of communication amidst ongoing tensions in Ukraine. 

Thousands of Russian troops have gathered on the Ukrainian border in recent weeks, threatening an imminent Russian invasion. 

“Russia has demanded NATO promise not to allow Ukraine to join NATO, claiming a NATO expansion would be a security threat to Russia,” Armstrong-Homeniuk explained. 

In the letter, she states her support for Canada imposing “the strongest sanctions possible” and invoking any other possible measures to stop Russian forces should Russia move to invade Ukraine. 

“As chair for the advisory council on Alberta-Ukraine Relations and as a person of Ukrainian descent, I hold the nation and people of Ukraine near to my heart,” wrote Armstrong-Homeniuk. 

The province will continue to monitor the situation and hope to have an open door of communication with the federal government amidst the ongoing crisis. 

East-Central Alberta, including Lamont County and surrounding areas, is home to a high concentration of Ukrainian-Canadians and the first Ukrainian settlers to Canada.