The president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskymet this Friday in Ottawa with the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeauwho promised to help kyiv “as long as necessary” and announced the shipment of new military material towards the nation at war.
After participating in the UN General Assembly and visiting the White House, Zelensky is completing a diplomatic tour in Canada aimed at maintaining Western support for kyiv in its fight against Russia.
Trudeau, at the head of a country that is home to a significant Ukrainian diaspora, received the Ukrainian president with a hug in Ottawa in the morning. The two held a bilateral meeting and then spoke before the Canadian Congress.
Additionally, Trudeau announced a new aid package to kyiv worth 650 million Canadian dollars (482 million US dollars) over three years.
The package includes some 50 armored vehicles and the training of Ukrainian pilots in F-16 fighter jets.
“We will be with you, along with all the heroes of this brave struggle, for as long as it is necessary,” said the Canadian leader. “History will judge us by how we defend democratic values. And Ukraine is at the forefront of this great issue of the 21st century.”
“When we ask the world to support us, (…) it is about saving millions of lives; It is truly our survival,” Zelensky said after thanking his host.
Canada “has always defended justice”said the president, dressed in khaki military clothing. “I hope you will remain by our side until our victory,” he had previously told the Canadian people.
Both leaders will fly together to Toronto, where they will meet with business leaders and members of the Canadian-Ukrainian community.
Is about Zelensky’s first visit to Canadian territory since the start of the Russian invasion in February 2022.
Canada, the last G7 country visited by the Ukrainian leader, has the second largest Ukrainian diaspora in the world after Russia, with around 1.4 million people.
50 armored vehicles
Before this new aid package, Canada had committed to allocating about 8.9 billion Canadian dollars (6.6 billion US dollars) to support Ukraine, including 1.8 billion (1.335 billion in US currency) in military aid.
The reported shipment this Friday of some 50 armored vehicles adds to previous announcements by eight Leopard 2 heavy tanks, one armored recovery vehicle, 39 armored vehicles, anti-tank weapons, drones and satellite communications equipment.
On Thursday in Washington, Zelensky thanked his counterpart Joe Biden for the help provided by his country and asked that it continue.
The US president announced a new $325 million military assistance package and declared that the Abrams tanks They would arrive in Ukraine “next week.”
Zelensky also wanted to express his gratitude to the US Congress, which is currently debating the vote on a new package for Ukraine, which some Republican lawmakers close to former President Donald Trump do not want to hear about.