Canada denounces planned 'referendums' in Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine

FILE PHOTO - Canada's Prime Minister Trudeau speaks a day after multiple people in the province of Saskatchewan were killed and injured in a stabbing spree, in Ottawa.

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Planned referendums in occupied regions of Ukraine to join Russia are "unacceptable" and Canada would never recognize such territories as part of Russia, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday.

"Canada denounces Russia's planned 'referendums' in occupied regions of Ukraine. We will never recognize them," Trudeau said on Twitter.

"This is a blatant violation of international law. It is a further escalation of war. And it is unacceptable," he said.

(Reporting by Ismail Shakil in Ottawa; Editing by Leslie Adler)