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The Prime Minister visits Kyiv, Ukraine


Today, Canada sends a resounding message to the world that we continue to stand with Ukraine and its people.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau traveled to Kyiv, Ukraine today where he met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mélanie Joly accompanied the Prime Minister.

Earlier today, the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs participated in a flag-raising ceremony to mark the reopening of the Canadian Embassy in Ukraine. Ambassador Larisa Galadza, along with a team of additional staff, will resume diplomatic operations in Kyiv, Ukraine, as part of a gradual restoration of Canada’s full diplomatic presence and services. Until further notice, consular and immigration services will continue to be provided in Poland and many other European cities in the region.

Prime Minister Trudeau also visited Irpin, where he witnessed firsthand the reckless brutality of Vladimir Putin’s illegal war. Russian forces terrorized and killed civilians and destroyed homes and neighborhoods. Canada is leading efforts to ensure they are held accountable for war crimes and other gross human rights violations. At the same time, the Prime Minister also witnessed the strength and resilience of Ukrainians, and despite Russia’s efforts, Kyiv still stands strong and proud today.

During a bilateral meeting, the Prime Minister and President Zelensky discussed the historic partnership between their two countries, the situation in Ukraine and the need for additional international support, including humanitarian, financial and military. The two leaders also discussed global efforts to impose tough and lasting sanctions on Russia in response to President Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Prime Minister Trudeau reiterated Canada’s unwavering support for Ukraine and its continued commitment to assist in any way possible.

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

  • Providing additional military assistance of $50 million, which builds on recent contributions of artillery, munitions and light civilian armored vehicles:
    • 18 drone cameras, including in-service support and repair,
    • 15 million high-resolution satellite images,
    • Up to $1 million in small arms and related ammunition, and
    • Additional ammunition for M777 howitzers;
  • allocate $25 million, from Canada’s $100 million contribution for humanitarian assistance in the region, to the World Food Program to ensure food security in Ukraine; and
  • Contributed $10 million in funding to support human rights, civil society and mine clearance in Ukraine, specifically:
    • $1.5 million to the United Nations Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund;
    • $2.5 million to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to monitor, document and assess human rights violations;
    • $775,000 to Front Line Defenders to support human rights activists and organizations;
    • Up to $2 million to the German Marshal Fund of the United States to support at-risk civil society actors;
    • Up to $1.15 million in emergency digital support for civil society in Ukraine; and
    • $2 million to HALO Trust for mine emergency response.

The Prime Minister also announced his intention to temporarily remove trade tariffs on Ukrainian imports for a period of one year and that Canada will impose new sanctions under the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations. These new actions, which build on measures previously announced on April 27, 2022, include:

  • Impose sanctions on 21 additional Russian individuals, including oligarchs and close associates of the Russian regime; and
  • Sanction 19 individuals from the Russian defense sector and five entities for providing indirect or direct support to the Russian military.

The investments and actions announced today build on what Canada has already committed to this year. Since February 2022, Canada has provided $245 million in humanitarian assistance and over $131 million in defensive military equipment. On top of that, the 2022 budget proposes to provide $1 billion in loans through the IMF Administered Account for Ukraine from Canada. This is in addition to the $620 million in bilateral loans already committed to Ukraine, of which $500 million has already been disbursed. Budget 2022 also proposes $500 million in additional military aid. Today’s sanctions also build on those already imposed on more than 1,000 individuals and entities from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus since February 24, 2022.

During his visit, Prime Minister Trudeau and President Zelenskyy participated in a meeting of G7 leaders. Alongside the G7 leaders, the Prime Minister and the President commemorated the end of the Second World War in Europe. Leaders condemned President Putin’s unprovoked, unjustifiable and illegal war, as well as Russia’s horrific attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure. The G7 reiterated its unwavering military, financial and diplomatic support for Ukraine and pledged to phase out dependence on Russian energy, impose additional sanctions, counter Russian propaganda and address international challenges caused by President Putin’s war, especially global food security.

Canada will continue to support Ukraine and Ukrainians in their fight against authoritarianism and in the defense of their freedoms, their democracy and their way of life.


“As Russia continues its illegal and unjustifiable war against Ukraine, Canada will continue to be there to support Ukraine and its people. I would like to thank President Zelensky for hosting this visit, but also, more importantly, for his leadership. Alongside the Ukrainians, President Zelenskyy defends the values ​​that are at the very heart of democracies. His courage and the courage of Ukrainians are an inspiration, and we will continue to do our utmost to ensure that Ukraine receives the support it needs.

The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

“Canada and our allies are united in our condemnation of Vladimir Putin and his war of aggression, and we are united in our support for the remarkable people of Ukraine who so bravely resist their onslaught. We know that by defending themselves, the Ukrainian people are defending democracy and international law, and we are at their side. Today’s visit is a key opportunity for Canada to further underscore this unwavering support.

The deputy. Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance

“When the Russian regime invaded Ukraine, it grossly underestimated the allies’ response and our commitment to the Ukrainian people, who continue to bravely fight for their country. Canada will always be a friend of Ukraine and we are here in Kyiv to show our unwavering support. From mapping mines to ensuring Russian forces are held accountable for their crimes, Canada is doing its part to support Ukraine.

The deputy. Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Fast facts

  • Since the start of 2022, Canada has committed $245 million in humanitarian assistance to respond to the worsening humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and neighboring countries. Of this amount, $145 million has been allocated to United Nations agencies, the Red Cross Movement and non-governmental organizations.
  • Canada has also provided over 345,000 essential relief items such as blankets, mattresses, etc. from Canada’s National Emergency Strategic Stockpile to help meet humanitarian needs in Ukraine and the region. These items have been specifically requested by our partners and are shipped to Ukraine and neighboring countries.
  • In partnership with the Canadian Red Cross, 31,000 relief items from existing stocks have been deployed to Ukraine, including tarpaulins, kitchen sets, hygiene kits and blankets.
  • On April 9, 2022, Prime Minister Trudeau co-hosted the Stand Up for Ukraine pledge event with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, which raised $12.4 billion for people fleeing the Russian invasion, in Ukraine and abroad.
  • In Budget 2022, Canada also allocated $500 million in additional military assistance to Ukraine for the 2022-23 fiscal year.
  • Since 2015, Canada has committed approximately $154 million for defensive military equipment for Ukraine, including more than $131 million committed since February 2022.
  • Since Russia’s illegal occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea in 2014, Canada has imposed sanctions on more than 1,400 individuals and entities. Many of these sanctions were taken in coordination with Canada’s allies and partners. Canada’s latest sanctions impose asset freezes and bans on listed individuals and entities.
  • Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, Canada has imposed sanctions on over 1,000 individuals and entities from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.
  • In March 2022, Canada referred the situation in Ukraine to the International Criminal Court (ICC), along with other ICC member states, in light of numerous allegations of serious international crimes committed by Russian forces in Ukraine. , including war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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