Ukraine: Justin Trudeau’s surprise visit to Irpin
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made an unexpected visit to Irpin in the suburbs of kyiv, Oleksandre Markouchine, the mayor of the city, announced on Facebook and Telegram.
The town of Irpin was one of the hardest hit by heavy fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces. “(Justin Trudeau) came to Irpin to see with his own eyes all the horrors that the Russian occupiers have done to our city,” Oleksandre Markouchine wrote on Telegram, in a message and photos taken with the Canadian Prime Minister.
While this visit was not announced in his diary, it was only later that his services communicated it. “The Prime Minister is in Ukraine to meet President Zelensky and reaffirm our unwavering support for the Ukrainian people,” they said.
“We believe in the continued cooperation between our countries in the reconstruction of Ukrainian cities after our victory,” said the Ukrainian mayor of the city, sincerely thanking Justin Trudeau for Canada’s support for Ukraine. .
The town of Irpin, inhabited by nearly 60,000 people, was one of the first to be targeted by Russian forces during the military operation launched in February. After concentrating its efforts for a while on the towns neighboring the capital kyiv, Russia has finally changed its strategy to redeploy in the east of the country.
In recent weeks, many Western leaders have visited Ukraine in support of Russia. The first foreign leader to make the trip was British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, made it clear to his Western counterparts that he had no need for symbolic political trips and that what he was looking for were heavy weapons.