Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has condemned the latest attacks of Russia on Ukraine as Russia meted a lethal volley of strikes against many Ukrainian cities recently, including downtown Kyiv where a minimum of six people were killed.
While talking on the phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy recently, Trudeau condemned the attacks and reiterated the support of Canada for Ukraine.
A statement from the Prime Minister’s office said: “The prime minister expressed his condolences to President Zelenskyy on behalf of Canadians to all Ukrainians regarding the tragic deaths caused by Russia’s actions.”
The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin said the strikes were to retaliate what he called Kyiv’s “terrorist” actions — a reference to Ukraine’s attempts to repel Moscow’s invasion forces, including a recent attack on a key bridge between Russia and the annexed Crimean Peninsula.
Putin vowed a “tough” and “proportionate” response should Ukraine carry out further attacks that threaten Russia’s security.
“No one should have any doubts about it,” he said.
According to a tweet from Zelenskyy about his conversation with Trudeau, Zelenskyy “stressed the importance of a strong G7 reaction to the Russian missile terror.”
The tweet read: “Ukraine needs an air shield to protect civilians and critical infrastructure.”
The recent missile strikes across Ukraine is the biggest and most widespread Russian attacks on the country in months. The Emergency Service of Ukraine said the assault killed a minimum of 11 people and wounded at least 64 people.
Larisa Galadza, Canada’s ambassador to Ukraine, said staff at the Canadian Embassy in Ukraine — both local and Canadian — are safe and accounted for.
Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly labelled the attacks as shocking and horrifying in a tweet.
“Targeting civilians is a war crime. We will hold Russia accountable,” Joly tweeted.
Also, Joly said she has spoken with Galadza and Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba about the recent strikes.
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