OTTAWA - Applicants for the Canadian observer mission to Ukraine's upcoming elections are being warned they face personal security threats.
And The Canadian Press has learned a retired RCMP officer has been recruited as a security consultant for the mission to help manage the potentially volatile environment.
Some 330-plus Canadian volunteers are headed to Ukraine to observe the May 25 presidential elections.
There is increasing instability in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian militias are seizing control of cities and a separate team of military monitors from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe is being held hostage.
In an email leaked to The Canadian Press, CUSO International — one of two groups organizing the Canadian mission — is warning applicants that "personal security risks may be a factor."
A spokesman for the Canadian mission says security is a significant concern.