Trudeau makes surprise visit to Kyiv as Russia readies ‘Victory Day’ show
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has just made a surprise visit to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.
The brief trip was supposed to be kept under wraps until after Trudeau left Ukraine, but local officials and media broke the embargo Sunday morning.
During the visit, he is expected to meet in person with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as Ukrainian forces continue to push back Russian soldiers in a stunning show of courage and defiance that has galvanized supporters around the world.
What the two leaders will discuss is not yet clear. Ukrainian officials have not been shy, though, in emphasizing both their need for more supplies as well as their gratitude for Canadian support in providing weapons, money and diplomatic heft to the effort to isolate Russia for its unprovoked invasion.
Now two-and-a-half months in, the bulk of Russian forces have retreated into the contested eastern Donbas region.
Fighting is intensifying in the area and many expect Russian President Vladimir Putin to level a warning at the West not to interfere while in Moscow’s Red Square on Monday to mark the World War Two commemoration known as “Victory Day.”
More to come.
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