Sat, 02 Dec 2023

OTTAWA, Canada: During a joint news conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Canada's capital, Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to provide more support for Ukraine, including military, economic and humanitarian assistance,

He added that Canada will also back diplomatic efforts to punish Russia over the war.

"We are continuing to impose costs on Russia and ensuring that those responsible for this illegal, unjustifiable invasion do not benefit from it," Trudeau said on September 22

Zelenskyy also addressed the Canadian Parliament the same day.

Trudeau announced that Canada and Ukraine would establish a working group with G7 partners to work on the seizure and forfeiture of Russian assets, including from the Russian Central Bank.

Some 63 Russian individuals and entities would be added to the country's sanctions list, including "those complicit in the kidnapping of children and the spreading of disinformation," Trudeau said.

Canada's support for Ukraine would include US$650 million in new military assistance over the next three years, including 50 armored vehicles, such as armored medical evacuation vehicles built in London, Ontario, he added.

"Pilot and maintenance instructors for F-16 fighter jets, support for Leopard 2 battle tank maintenance, 35 drones with high-resolution cameras, light vehicles, and ammunition are part of the intended support package," Trudeau further said, noting that the long-term support would also include a financial contribution to a UK-led consortium delivering air defense equipment to Ukraine.

"Canada's monetary support will continue into the 2024 fiscal year, while the governments also have signed a free trade agreement," Trudeau further added.

"We stand here absolutely united in our defense of democracy and our condemnation of Russian President Vladimir Putin's unprovoked, unjustified and unconscionable invasion of Ukraine," Trudeau stressed.

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