Volodymyr Zelenskyy Says Trudeau Is His 'Friend' & Opened Up About Canada's Support

With that friendship comes aid.

Trending Staff Writer
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Right:  Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Right: Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has spoken with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and has reaffirmed Canada's support for the invaded nation.

In fact, Zelenskyy even called Trudeau a "friend."

On Wednesday, March 9, Zelenskyy shared that he and the Canadian prime minister discussed "defense cooperation and how to increase sanctions pressure on Russia."

The Ukrainian leader also mentioned that "Canada stands with Ukraine. We feel it every day."

Trudeau also made a statement about their conversation, pledging to send Ukraine more "highly-specialized military equipment" and "humanitarian assistance."

Minister of National Defence Anita Anand confirmed that this new batch of aid will include "an additional $50 million in lethal & non-lethal military aid, including Canadian-made cameras used in military drones and other specialized equipment."

The Canadian PM also invited Zelenskyy to speak at Parliament — an offer which, according to The National Post, the Ukrainian leader has accepted.

It's currently unknown when Zelenskyy is expected to address the House of Commons.

"Canadians have been inspired by the bravery and resiliency of Ukrainians and the leadership the President has shown," said the prime minister. "I know they are eager to hear directly from him."

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, sparking an international response. Since the invasion, Canada and many other countries have imposed sanctions on Russia as well as provided both humanitarian and lethal aid.

This has caused Canada to be put on Russia's list of "unfriendly nations," along with the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan and many others.

This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

More from Narcity

Comments 💬

Our comment section is a place to promote self-expression, freedom of speech and positivity. We encourage discussion and debate, but our pages must remain a safe space where everyone feels comfortable and the environment is respectful.

In order to make this possible, we monitor comments to keep spam, hate speech, violence, and vulgarity off our pages. Comments are moderated according to our Community Guidelines.

Please note that Narcity Media does not endorse the opinions expressed in the comment section of an article. Narcity Media has the right to remove comments, ban or suspend any user without notice, or close a story’s comment section at any time.

First and last names will appear with each comment and the use of pseudonyms is prohibited. By commenting, you acknowledge that Narcity Media has the right to use & distribute your content across our properties.