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Today on the Hill: Canada condemns Russia

Today on the Hill: Canada condemns RussiaThe Peace Tower is pictured through the Centennial Flame on October 23, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OTTAWA - The military and political crisis unfolding in Ukraine will play heavily in Ottawa today as the Harper government ponders its next move.

Yesterday, the House of Commons unanimously passed a motion condemning Russia's military intervention in Ukraine.

The motion was in line with pronouncements made over the past 48 hours by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

It called on Russia to withdraw its forces from Ukraine and to respect that country's borders and sovereignty.

The G7 group of wealthy nations, including Canada, are threatening economic and diplomatic sanctions after Russia effectively seized control of Ukraine’s strategic Crimean peninsula.

Here are some other events happening today in and around Ottawa:

— New Democrat MP Peter Stoffer has scheduled a news conference to talk about the difficulties faced by spouses of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

— The Commons heritage committee will hear witnesses from the CRTC, Library and Archives Canada and the Heritage department on the Canadian music industry.

— And the trial continues for Khurram Syed Sher of London, Ont., who is facing a charge of conspiracy to facilitate terrorism.

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