Embassy of Canada in Kiev

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Embassy of Canada in Ukraine
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Location Kiev
Address 13A Kostelna Street, Kyiv 01901
Ambassador Roman Vashchuk

The Embassy of Canada in Kyiv is the diplomatic mission of Canada in Ukraine.


Canada was the first western nation to recognize Ukraine's independence on December 2, 1991. The existence of a large Ukrainian-Canadian community has led to continued close relations between the two nations. The Ukrainian embassy was established on May 3, 1992. The Consulate of Canada in Lviv provides services to western Ukraine.[1] The Canadian Embassy in Kyiv provides essential services to both Canadians and Ukrainians. Canadian citizens can contact the Canadian Embassy if they are in need of medical assistance, notarial services, legal services, passport services or citizenship applications, registration of Canadians residing in Ukraine, information about local regulations, emergency services, financial assistance, money transfers, marriage, divorce and death certificates, assistance for arrested or detained Canadians, information on whereabouts and the well-being of Canadians in Ukraine and information about child abduction and custody.


The Canadian embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine has been attacked amid violent protests in the country.[2] A group armed with sticks attacked the embassy. The embassy had been sheltering hundreds of protesters. The unidentified persons part of the group started crushing property. They also tried to inflict bodily harm on embassy staff.

These demonstrations have disrupted transportation and blocked major intersections, including those in close proximity to the Embassy of Canada in Kyiv. There have been multiple incidents of violence associated with these protests, which have resulted in injuries and fatalities, including in areas adjacent to popular tourist sites and commercial centers.[3]

The events in Kyiv have shaken, rattled by months of unrest. The decision to close the embassy comes after authorities on Tuesday stormed a camp of activists, triggering fiery clashes that killed at least 26 people.[4][5]

The Embassy of Canada in Kyiv is closed until further notice for security reasons, according to a recorded message on the embassy’s phone lines. The message said embassy staff continue to provide consular services, and asks Canadians in the country to contact the department if in need of help.[6]

The Canadian government has decided to partially evacuate the Canadian Embassy in Kyiv, a diplomat from the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said all embassy staffers whose presence was not necessitated by the developments, as well as members of their families, had been asked to leave Kiev for a while.[7]

The Embassy moved from Yaroslaviv Val to Kostelna Street

Canada's Ambassadors[edit]

  • Nestor Gayowsky — Consul General (1990 - January 1992)[8]
  • Nestor Gayowsky — Chargé d'Affairs (January - September 1992)
  • François A. Mathys — Ambassador (September 1992 - August 1995)
  • Christopher Westdal — Ambassador (January 1996 - August 1998)
  • Derek Fraser — Ambassador (September 1998 - August 2001)
  • Andrew Robinson — Ambassador (August 2001 - August 2005)
  • Abaina M. Dann — Ambassador (September 2005 - August 2008)
  • G. Daniel Caron — Ambassador (August 2008 - October 2011)
  • Troy Lulashnyk — Ambassador (November 2011 - 2014)[9]
  • Roman Vashchuk — Ambassador (2014 - present)

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