(Adds details of visit, background)
OTTAWA, March 14 Canadian Prime Minister Stephen
Harper said on Friday he would visit Ukraine on March 22 to meet
with the country's interim government and show support for Kiev
during the Crimea crisis.
Harper - who has been particularly critical of Russia's
actions - will hold talks with Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk,
he said in a statement.
"We will continue to work with our allies to support efforts
to restore the country to stability and unity so that the people
of Ukraine can thrive and prosper free of intimidation and
threat," he said.
Canada said on Thursday it would give C$220 million ($198
million) in aid to Ukraine to help promote sustainable economic
growth and good governance.
Canada's Conservative government has already imposed a
travel ban on the people it blames for the crisis and frozen the
assets of those close to former Ukrainian President Viktor
(Reporting by David Ljunggren, editing by G Crosse and Chizu