Ottowa, 19 September 2022 (TDI): Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau met with Prime Minister of Ukraine, Denys Shmyhal.

The Prime Ministers highlighted Canada’s aid to Ukraine and cooperation with like-minded allies to support Ukraine.

Prime Minister Trudeau conveyed the condolences of the Canadian people to Prime Minister Shmyhal for the Ukrainians for the heinous tragedies committed in Izyum.

He also praised the valor and bravery of the Ukrainian people for uniting to protect their country and liberties in the Russian-Ukraine crisis.

He complimented Ukraine on its recent military successes and reaffirmed Canada’s unwavering support for Ukraine, particularly its leadership in providing financial assistance through the International Monetary Fund.

The leaders also discussed the economic recovery and reconstruction of Ukraine.

Shmyhal expressed gratitude to Trudeau for Canada’s continued military, financial, and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. Both leaders agreed to maintain constant communication.

Ukraine- Canada Diplomatic Relations

Canada was the first western nation to recognize Ukraine’s independence on December 2, 1991. Since then, Canada and Ukraine have enjoyed a close connection.

The bilateral connection is enhanced by the Ukrainian-Canadian community, living in Canada.

The Joint Declaration on Special Partnership from 1994 acknowledges Canada’s support for Ukraine’s growth and the significance of bilateral collaboration.

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Canada’s assistance to Ukraine

Canada is dedicated to utilizing its overseas aid to help Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic integration objectives.

Canada also supports safeguarding Ukraine’s future as a democratic, rule-governed nation that provides security, prosperity, and liberty for all of its residents.

Since January 2014, Canada has committed more than $890 million in a variety of forms of assistance to Ukraine.

These instruments consist of assistance for development, humanitarian causes, and financial support.

The Canadian Police Arrangement Peace and Stabilization Operations Program also is Canadian assistance to Ukraine.