‘Putin must be held accountable for heinous war crimes’: Justin Trudeau in Ukraine
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Sunday that Russian leader Vladimir Putin was responsible for “war crimes” during a visit to Ukraine, where he met President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“It is clear that Vladimir Putin is responsible for heinous war crimes,” Trudeau told a news conference with the Ukrainian leader.
“There must be accountability,” he added, after the G7 meeting that included the president of Ukraine.
Earlier in the day, Trudeau visited Irpin outside Kyiv, a city ravaged by fierce fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces before being occupied by Moscow in March, the city’s mayor said. .
“I have witnessed first-hand the brutality of Russia’s illegal war,” he told reporters.
Irpin Mayor Oleksandr Markushyn posted the image on an official social media channel with an image of Trudeau writing that he “went to Irpin to witness first-hand the horror that the Russian occupiers have inflicted on the city.” ours”.
Trudeau’s visit comes on the same day that US First Lady Jill Biden made an unannounced trip to Ukraine.
Markushyn thanked the prime minister for “the support Canada showed to Ukraine today”.
“We believe in continued cooperation between our countries to rebuild Ukrainian cities after our victory,” he added.
Irpin counted about 60,000 residents before Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his attack on Ukraine on February 24.
Ukraine accuses Russian forces of atrocities against civilians – as in Bucha, a town close to Kyiv – after the discovery of dozens of bodies in civilian clothes in areas occupied by the army. Russian detention.
Several Western political leaders including United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recently visited Irpin and other residential areas around the capital Kyiv, where Russian forces are accused of killing hundreds of residents. often.
Trudeau was joined by Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and Foreign Minister Melanie Joly, who also flew maple flags at Canada’s mission in Kyiv.
Canada “restarted operations in Kyiv today,” Trudeau said.
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