Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday urged Canada to stay with his country until victory, when he spoke before the Canadian parliament to strengthen the support of Western allies for Ukraine’s war against the Russian invasion.
Zelensky flew to the Canadian capital on Thursday evening after meeting with President Joe Biden and lawmakers in Washington. He spoke on Wednesday at the annual meeting of the United Nations.
“Moscow must lose once and for all. And he will lose, “Zelensky said during his speech in parliament.
Zelenskyi said that Canada had always been on the “good side of history” in previous wars and had helped save thousands of lives in this war with the help of aid. He also thanked the Canadians for their financial support and for the fact that Ukrainians who fled the war feel at home in Canada.
Zelensky linked the suffering of Ukrainians with the genocide caused by Stalin in the 1930s, when the Soviet leader was accused of causing a man-made famine in Ukraine, which is believed to have killed more than 3 million people. He noted that it was in Edmonton, Canada, where the world’s first monument to commemorate the genocide of the Ukrainian famine was erected in 1993.
This is Zelenskyi’s first visit to Canada since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022. Earlier, he addressed the Canadian parliament practically after the start of the war.
Trudeau called the visit an opportunity to show Zelensky “how strongly and unequivocally we support Ukraine,” and announced an additional $ 650 million over three years for the construction of 50 armored vehicles in Canada.
“We are changing our approach to providing multi-year assistance to ensure that Ukraine receives the predictable support it needs for long-term assistance,” Trudeau said at a press conference.
The Ukrainian military claimed to have killed or wounded “high-ranking commanders” of the Russian Navy during the attack on the Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Sevastopol in the annexed Crimea on Friday.
“The details of the attack will be announced as soon as possible, and the result is dozens of dead and injured among the occupants, including high-ranking fleet commanders,” the Kiev military said on Saturday.
They added that the attack took place “during a meeting of Russian naval leaders”.”
Ukrainian intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov said in comments to Voice of America that “at least nine people” were killed in the attack, including generals.
Boudanov declined to say whether Western missiles were used in the attack.
Russia has admitted that one of its military personnel remains missing after the attack.
On Saturday morning, the governor of Sevastopol, sworn in from Moscow, warned about the possibility of a new Ukrainian missile attack.
“Be careful, missile danger! Missile danger!”Mikhail Razvojaev warned in the telegram. “Close your windows tightly and don’t go near them,” he added, urging people in cars and public transport to seek shelter.
Shortly afterwards, he announced: ” The danger has passed.”
The Ukrainian region of Crimea was annexed by Moscow in 2014. The city of Sevastopol, where the attacked naval headquarters is located, is the centerpiece of the Russian military system and serves as a base for supplying occupation troops and conducting missile launches. Strike.