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Prime Minister visits Kyiv, Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine, June 10, 2023 /CNW/ - Slava Ukraini ? as Canadians say these words, we pledge to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Ukraine for as long as it takes.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today visited Kyiv, Ukraine. He was accompanied by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland.

During his visit, the Prime Minister reaffirmed Canada's ongoing solidarity and unwavering support for Ukraine and its people as they continue to fight Russia's brutal invasion while facing unconscionable Russian strikes on civilian targets.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Trudeau visited Saint Michael's Square to lay a wreath at the Wall of Remembrance of the Fallen for Ukraine and pay tribute to the thousands of Ukrainians who have been killed, and the millions displaced. The Prime Minister also addressed the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the country's parliament, and visited the Lisova Poliana Veterans Mental Health Rehabilitation Center to meet with soldiers.

In the wake of escalating strikes on civilian targets, and as Ukraine continues to stand strong, the Prime Minister and the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, held a bilateral meeting. Prime Minister Trudeau and President Zelenskyy reaffirmed the two countries' partnership with a Canada and Ukraine Joint Declaration. While in Ukraine, the Prime Minister also met with the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Denys Shmyhal.

Today, the Prime Minister announced additional measures and investments to continue supporting Ukraine, including:

The investments announced today build on Canada's commitment of over $8 billion in funding towards financial, military, humanitarian, development, and immigration assistance to Ukraine. In addition, Budget 2023 extends a $2.45 billion loan to the Government of Ukraine for this year, with the aim to support Ukraine's recovery and reconstruction.

Canada is committed to continue working closely with NATO Allies, EU, and G7 partners, as well as the broader international community to coordinate its response measures and support for Ukraine, and hold President Putin and those complicit in his unprovoked, unjustifiable and illegal war, accountable. Canada has strongly condemned Russia's brutal invasion bilaterally, as well as at the UN, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), NATO, and other multilateral forums, and will continue to do so.

Canada will always stand with Ukraine and Ukrainians as they fight authoritarianism and continue to defend their freedoms, independence, and democracy.


"At this pivotal moment, we reaffirm that Canada stands shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine. Today, I have met brave women and men who are fighting for their country, for their lives, and for the very values that people in democracies around the globe hold dear. In the face of the atrocities of Russia's illegal and unjustifiable war, Ukrainians' strength and bravery is a beacon to the world. I would like to thank President Zelenskyy for the unwavering example he sets for us all. Today, Canada committed to further military assistance, sanctions, and humanitarian support for Ukraine. Again, we send out this message - Canada will stand by the people of Ukraine with whatever it takes, for as long as it takes."
? The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

"In fighting for their lives and their sovereignty, the brave people of Ukraine are also fighting Canada's fight ? the fight for democracy. Putin thought that Kyiv would fall in a week, and that the world's democracies would be weak and divided. He was gravely wrong. The historic resistance of the Ukrainian people has inspired the world, and Canada will be by Ukraine's side until they are victorious."
? The Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance

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