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Conservative MPs cheer on trucker convoy, voice opposition to vaccine mandates

Conservative MPs are publicly cheering on the trucker convoy that's making its way across the country with the intent of converging onto Parliament Hill this weekend, voicing opposition to the federal government's mandatory vaccination policies. The 'freedom convoy' has garnered support from anti-vaccine mandate groups, and among those who dislike Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Protesters of COVID-19 restrictions, and supporters of Canadian truck drivers protesting the COVID-19 vaccine mandate cheer on a convoy of trucks on their way to Ottawa, on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Tuesday January 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski

Canada orders diplomats' families to leave Ukraine

The Canadian government has ordered family members of diplomatic staff in Ukraine to leave the country, though embassy staff will remain in place. In a statement, Global Affairs Canada said that the government has decided to 'temporarily withdraw' the children of embassy staff if they are under the age of 18, as well as family members accompanying them.

The Canadian embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine is seen on Jan. 25, 2022. The Canadian government has ordered family members of diplomatic staff in Ukraine to leave the country, though embassy staff will remain in place. (Omar Sachedina/CTV News)

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Russia threatens retaliation if Ukraine demands not met

Russia warned Wednesday it would quickly take 'retaliatory measures' if the U.S. and its allies reject its security demands and continue their 'aggressive' policies, ratcheting up pressure on the West amid concerns that Moscow is planning to invade Ukraine.

A serviceman stands in a trench on the territory controlled by pro-Russian militants near the frontline with Ukrainian government forces in Slavyanoserbsk, Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine, Jan. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Alexei Alexandrov)