Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned Russia’s newest assaults on Ukraine because the nation unleashed a deadly barrage of strikes towards a number of Ukrainian cities on Monday, together with downtown Kyiv the place no less than six individuals have been killed.
Whereas talking on the cellphone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday, Trudeau deplored the assaults and reiterated Canada’s help for Ukraine.
“The prime minister expressed his condolences to President Zelensky on behalf of Canadians to all Ukrainians relating to the tragic deaths brought on by Russia’s actions,” an announcement from the prime minister’s workplace stated.
Russian President Vladimir Putin stated the strikes have been in retaliation for what he known as Kyiv’s “terrorist” actions – a reference to Ukraine’s makes an attempt to repel Moscow’s invasion forces, together with a weekend assault on a key bridge between Russia and the annexed Crimean Peninsula.
Putin vowed a “robust” and “proportionate” response ought to Ukraine perform additional assaults that threaten Russia’s safety.
“Nobody ought to have any doubts about it,” he stated.
In keeping with a tweet from Zelensky about his name with Trudeau, Zelensky “confused the significance of a powerful G7 response to the Russian missile terror.”
“Ukraine wants an air protect to guard civilians and important infrastructure,” he tweeted.
Monday’s missile strikes throughout Ukraine marked the largest and most widespread Russian assaults on the nation in months. Ukraine’s Emergency Service stated the assault killed no less than 11 individuals and wounded no less than 64.
Larisa Galadza, Canada’s ambassador to Ukraine, stated employees on the Canadian Embassy in Ukraine – each native and Canadian – are secure and accounted for.
Canada’s International Affairs Minister Melanie Joly known as the assaults surprising and horrifying in a tweet.
“Concentrating on civilians is a battle crime. We’ll maintain Russia accountable,” Joly tweeted Monday.
Joly stated she has spoken with Galadza and Ukrainian Minister of International Affairs Dmytro Kuleba in regards to the missile strikes.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s spokesperson, Steffen Hebestreit, stated the G7 nations will maintain a video convention Tuesday on the scenario, which Zelensky will deal with.
In the meantime, the Worldwide Committee of the Pink Cross and no less than one different assist group paused their subject work in Ukraine for safety causes on Monday.
“For safety causes, our groups have paused operations right now,” a spokesperson stated in an e-mailed response to a Reuters query. The ICRC has some 700 employees working at 10 places throughout the nation and delivers assist and drugs, together with to the hundreds of thousands of individuals displaced by the continued battle.
A second ICRC spokesperson later added that whereas subject work had halted, assist staff have been capable of proceed desk work. “As quickly because it’s secure to maneuver they’ll,” he added.
The Norwegian Refugee Council additionally stated that it had halted its assist operations in Ukraine till it’s secure to renew.
“We can’t assist susceptible communities when our assist staff are hiding from a barrage of bombs and in worry of repeated assaults,” stated Jan Egeland, Secretary Normal of the NRC.
A spokesperson for the UN refugee company stated its operations continued, with employees sheltering throughout air raids.
With information from Reuters.
This story was produced with the monetary help of the Meta and Canadian Press Information Fellowship.