After America, Zelensky is in Canada
Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, ended his tour of North America on Friday with a visit to Canada, which has supported him since the start of the Russian invasion. On Thursday evening, President Zelensky landed in the Canadian capital of Ottawa from the United States, where he was greeted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who promised. “Unwavering Support” Canada in conflict with Russia.
Volodymyr Zelensky, accompanied by his Defense Minister Rustem Umerov, is scheduled to meet Canadian Governor General Mary Simon and address the Canadian Parliament. Along with Justin Trudeau, he will then travel to metropolitan Toronto, where the two heads of state will meet with business leaders and members of the Canadian-Ukrainian community.
Canada, the last G7 country visited by the leader, has the world’s second-largest Ukrainian diaspora after Russia, with about 1.4 million people of Ukrainian descent on its territory. This will be the first official visit by a Ukrainian president to Canadian soil since the Russian invasion began in February 2022. In March, Volodymyr Zelensky addressed Canadian parliamentarians via video conference.
“Ukrainian people are at this moment, the tip of the spear to decide the future of the 21st.e century”, Prime Minister Trudeau announced in a press release Thursday evening. He pledged that Canada would stand by Ukraine “As long as it takes” And the country will continue to provide “Unwavering support for the Ukrainian people fighting for their sovereignty and democracy”.
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Canada has provided more than $8.9 billion in support to Ukraine through a wide range of activities. “including $4.95 billion in direct financial assistance and more than $1.8 billion in military aid”.
Ottawa has trained more than 36,000 Ukrainian troops and provided military assistance, including eight Leopard 2 main battle tanks, an armored recovery vehicle, 39 armored vehicles, anti-tank weapons, drones and satellite communications equipment.
Justin Trudeau visited Ukraine in June and announced that Ottawa would participate in international efforts to train Ukrainian fighter pilots.
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