Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a surprise visit to Ukrainian capital Kyiv on May 8 and announced the reopening of the Canadian embassy.
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, Foreign Minister Melanie Joly, and Ambassador Larisa Galadza accompanied Trudeau on the visit.
“Having the Canadian flag fly over the streets of Kyiv once again is yet another testament to the incredible strength and solidarity of Canadians and Ukrainians,” Trudeau said in a video shared by Global News.
Trudeau said that Galadza, together with a staff team, would resume diplomatic operations in Kyiv “as part of a gradual restoring of Canada’s full diplomatic presence and services.”
Trudeau also held a bilateral meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to discuss their countries’ partnership and additional international support amid the Russian invasion.
“The subject of our talks today was what we must do to liberate our territory from the occupiers as soon as possible, to return normal life to all Ukrainians,” Zelensky said in a statement.
Later in the day, Trudeau joined a meeting of G-7 leaders in Kyiv, which was also attended by Zelensky.
In a statement, the leaders pledged to phase out or ban the import of Russian oil “in a timely and orderly fashion, and in ways that provide time for the world to secure alternative supplies.”
Trudeau also visited Irpin, a city next to Kyiv, where he “saw the destruction caused by Putin.”
“But we also saw the strength & courage of Ukrainians — and as they continue to fight, we’ll continue to support them,” Trudeau said on Twitter.
Irpin Mayor Oleksandr Markushyn shared photos on Telegram showing Trudeau touring the city.
Trudeau’s visit came a day before Russia’s celebration of Victory Day, which marks the defeat of the Nazis in World War II.
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