Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy engaging in bilateral talks in Kyiv, Ukraine May 8, 2022. Twitter/ @mhmck
Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, touched down Ukraine on Sunday; making his first visit to the war-struck country since the crisis began.
Prior to his unannounced trip, Canada had largely reduced its diplomatic presence in Ukraine; commencing major halts far back as January 2022.
PM Trudeau’s first point of call was to reopen the Canadian Embassy located in Kyiv; with a scheduled meeting with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy set to take place. It will also be the first sit-down between both leaders since the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine escalation.
A written statement by Cameron Ahmad, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman, also confirmed the intended regularities.
“The prime minister is in Ukraine to meet with President Zelenskyy and reaffirm Canada’s unwavering support for the Ukrainian people,” it read.
PM Trudeau was accompanied by Chrystia Freeland and Mélanie Joy; Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister respectively, on Sunday’s trip to Ukraine. All three alongside Larisa Galadza, the Canadian ambassador to Ukraine, had taken part in a brief flag-raising ceremony at the embassy in Kyiv.
The climax of the ceremony entailed the hoisting of the Canadian flag at the side of the building, with several security personnels situated around the embassy.
Sunday’s diplomatic visit adds to the return of other G7 allies of Canada to Kyiv; with France, Italy and the United Kingdom all ending their previous departure at the height of the crisis.
The United States first lady, Jill Biden, also paid a surprise visit to Olena Zelenska, the Ukrainian first lady, to mark Mother’s Day. The meeting was held in western Ukraine.