More than 100 people gathered in front of the Russian Embassy on Charlotte Street Saturday, protesting the country's military presence in Ukraine.
Demonstrators are accusing Russia of a military invasion. The situation in the contested and vulnerable Crimea region has many Canadian-Ukrainians on edge.
In an interview with CTV Ottawa, emotional protester Anna Kulycka said, "We’re worried many people can die, as has already happened ... we're just, we were hoping for better for Ukraine. That's why they died."
Protesters carried signs and yelled "Putin, hands off Ukraine."
They marched through the downtown core to the U.S. Embassy all while Russia's military steadily moved into the Crimea region Saturday afternoon.
Canada's Foreign Affairs Department is telling Canadians not to travel to the Crimea region. It says Canadians already there should consider leaving ``while it is safe to do so.'' Foreign Affairs says those who can't leave Crimea -- where the airports aren't operating -- should stay indoors and avoid large crowds and demonstrations.