Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday, assuring him that Canada will continue to support Ukraine’s fight against Russia’s invasion “for as long as it takes.” This message comes amid heightened tensions as Russia launched 90 Shahed-type drones into Ukraine on New Year’s Day and President Vladimir Putin vowed to “intensify” attacks.
Trudeau and Zelenskyy discussed security measures, with a focus on strengthening Ukraine’s air defense following recent Russian missile and drone attacks.
Zelenskyy expressed gratitude for Canada’s willingness to provide additional NASAMS (National Advanced Surface to Air Missile) systems and missiles.
The leaders also touched on the upcoming “fourth Peace Formula meeting of advisors” in Davos, Switzerland, in January.
Zelenskyy thanked Canada for its continued military and financial assistance, emphasizing the importance of international cooperation in supporting Ukraine’s independence.
Putin, meanwhile, threatened further attacks on Ukraine after the shelling of the Russian city of Belgorod.
Canada’s Support for Ukraine:
Canada has been a vocal and active supporter of Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion. The country has provided significant military, humanitarian, and financial assistance, including:
- Over $2.4 billion in military aid
- More than $2 billion in humanitarian aid
- Sanctions against Russia and Belarus
- Welcome to over 175,000 Ukrainian refugees
The war in Ukraine is entering its second winter, with no clear end in sight. Russia’s recent threats to intensify attacks and Canada’s continued commitment to supporting Ukraine indicate that the conflict is likely to remain a major global concern in the coming months.