In its offisial ststement on third anniversary of illegal annexation of Crimea, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada expressed concern over the violation of human rights in the occupied Crimea and called on the international community to put pressure on Moscow for its aggression against Ukraine.
"Since the occupation of Crimea, there has been a severe suppression of human rights, including freedom of expression and association," reads the statement.
Canada expressed strong support for Ukraine as well.
“Canada is steadfast in its support for the people of Ukraine. Together, the international community must maintain its pressure, including through economic sanctions, until Russia respects international law and Ukraine’s sovereignty,” the message says.
Reference: March 16, 2014, Russia held a so-called "referendum" in the Crimea and the city of Sevastopol. On March 18, Putin announced the day of the "annexation" of Crimea to Russia.
Neither Ukraine, nor the European Union, nor the United States recognized this vote, and imposed a number of economic sanctions against the Russian Federation.