Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau makes a surprise visit to Ukraine

Second visit since the start of the war following May last year

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Ukraine on the 10th (local time).

Foreign media including the Canadian public broadcaster, CBC, reported that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had arrived in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, as Ukraine stepped up its counterattack against Russian forces. It is a move to emphasize unwavering support and solidarity for Ukraine.

Prime Minister Trudeau began the schedule by laying a wreath to remember those who died in the Russo-US War.

Plans for the visit were not disclosed in advance due to security concerns.

This is Prime Minister Trudeau’s second visit to Ukraine after the Russian invasion in February last year.

Prime Minister Trudeau visited Ukraine in May last year to reopen the Canadian embassy in Kieu, and met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in person for the first time since the start of the war.

Prime Minister Trudeau and President Zelensky spent time together last month at the G7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan.

Canada has given more than $8 billion to Ukraine in connection with the war. It included a special immigration program for Ukrainians and military aid worth $1 billion, including eight Leopard 2 tanks.

The Prime Minister of Ukraine, Denis Schmihal, visited Toronto, Canada in April. At this time, Prime Minister Trudeau also announced the aid of thousands of assault rifles, dozens of machine guns and millions of rounds of ammunition. At the G7 summit, support for military training for Ukrainian pilots was mentioned.

The visit also came amid unprecedentedly large wildfires in Canada, which have seriously deteriorated the air quality.

Wildfires have spread to western British Columbia while fires raging in eastern Quebec are not included.

Canada is a country with many forest fires, but the scale is unprecedented, and it is considered unusual that the fires occurred at the same time in the east and west. According to CNN, the size of the wildfire reaches 11 million acres (about 4.45 km2), 15 times more than this time in a normal year. It is twice the size of New Jersey, USA, and more than 2 million acres were burned in Quebec alone.