- On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Canada would help Ukraine with heavy armament as the country confronts a new Russian invasion in the eastern Donbas region.
- Like other NATO members, Canada has provided and sent military aid to Ukraine in the form of lethal and non-lethal weapons to help Kyiv fight Russia.
PM Justin Trudeau declared Tuesday that Canada would provide heavy weaponry to Ukraine as the country fights a new Russian attack in the eastern Donbas region.
Trudeau told reporters in Dalhousie, New Brunswick, that he has been in frequent communication with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and that Canada is “extremely sensitive” to what his country requires as a result of the Russian invasion, which is now in its second month.
“Their most recent request from Canada is for heavy artillery support because that’s where the war is at the moment,” Trudeau said.
“Canada will be sending heavy artillery to Ukraine,” he stated, adding that more specifics would be released in the coming days.
Like other NATO partners, Canada has offered and sent military aid to Ukraine in the form of lethal and non-lethal weapons to aid Kyiv in its struggle against Russia.
After failing to seize a major Ukrainian city when it launched a sweeping invasion on February 24, Russian soldiers are regrouping in the east.
“Over the last several months, Ukrainians have battled like heroes. They’re not just fighting for Ukraine; they’re fighting for the ideals that underpin so many of our free democratic countries, which is why the world must continue to step up,” Trudeau said.
The humanitarian catastrophe is escalating as the war continues, with more than 4.9 million Ukrainians fleeing to neighboring countries, according to the United Nations’ human rights organization (UNHCR). According to Ukrainian officials, the war has killed tens of thousands of civilians.
Canada has increased its humanitarian aid to Ukraine by $245 million. $145 million has been provided to UN agencies, the Red Cross Movement, and non-government groups.
Last week, the federal government stated that it would send 150 military officers to Poland to help Polish authorities process and rehouse millions of Ukrainian refugees fleeing Russia’s invasion.
Ottawa has imposed a raft of penalties on Moscow in reaction to the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine. The most recent round targets Russian President Vladimir Putin’s two adult daughters and 12 other close friends.
On Tuesday, Trudeau stated, “This Russian regime and its associates must continue to be held accountable for their conduct.”
“We will continue to support Ukraine and the values that underpin all of our democratic societies.”
According to Global Affairs Canada, since the invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, Canada has imposed more than 750 sanctions on persons and businesses from Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. Assets will be frozen and prohibited as a result of the penalty.
Source: Global News