Status: 23/09/2023, 22:42 p.m.
It was a "very exciting day for Canada," Prime Minister Trudeau said. © Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press/AP/dpa
Zelensky's thanks for the support from Ottawa will be followed by a speech in Lublin for the Polish people. Recently, a dispute between Kiev and Warsaw had come to a head.
Ottawa - After visiting the United States and Canada, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has made stops in Poland and Ireland on his way home.
In Lublin, Poland, he thanked the people of the NATO and EU country for their support of Ukraine's defensive fight against the Russian invasion. "I believe that all the challenges on our common path are nothing compared to the strength that exists between our peoples," Zelenskyy said in a video on his Telegram channel. In Lublin, he also presented awards from Ukraine to a journalist and a paramedic.
Recently, a dispute between Kiev and Warsaw over the Polish import ban on Ukrainian grain had come to a head - and is now also affecting the military cooperation of the allies. Poland now wants to limit its arms deliveries to Ukraine to contracts that have already been concluded.
Thanks to Canada's Parliament
Earlier, during his first visit to Canada since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression, Zelensky thanked Ottawa for its support - and was assured of further aid. Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a "long-term, multi-year commitment to Zelenskyy that delivers predictable continued support for Ukraine" during his visit. This included, among other things, 50 armored vehicles over the next three years or money to support mental health care.
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomes his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky and his wife Olena Zelenska at Ottawa Airport. © Justin Tang/Canadian Press via ZUMA Press/dpa
In a speech to parliament, which was celebrated with standing applause and cheers, Zelenskyy thanked Ottawa extensively for the help so far. "Canada's support of Ukraine with weapons and equipment has allowed us to save thousands of lives," said the president, who was accompanied by his wife Olena Zelenska. "Russian aggression must end with our victory, so that Russia can never again bring genocide to Ukraine and will never try again. Moscow must lose once and for all," said Zelensky, who had already addressed the Canadian parliament via video in March 2022.
"Russian aggression must end with our victory," Zelensky says during his speech in Canada's House of Commons. © Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press/AP/dpa
Now Putin is pinning his hopes on an ancient tank: "Has proven itself"
Russia fails with attack on German howitzers in Ukraine war
Satellite images show: Russia erects army building with new design on NATO border
"Direct war" against Russia: Lavrov accuses the West – and ignores Ukraine invasion at UN appearance
FDP leader to poll high for Aiwanger: "Many perceive debates in the media as one-sided left-wing"
Fancy a voyage of discovery?
Trudeau had received Zelensky at parliament. It was a "very exciting day for Canada" and he was pleased to be able to personally convey to Zelenskyy the "strong and unequivocal support" of the Canadians, Trudeau said. In turn, the Ukrainian president conveyed to him the gratitude of the Ukrainians.
First visit to Canada since the beginning of the war
This is Zelensky's first visit to Canada since Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 - and the third stop on his trip to North America. Zelensky arrived in New York on Monday for the UN General Assembly and visited Washington on Thursday, where he was received by US President Joe Biden, among others, at the White House. The additional stop in Canada had been surprisingly announced on Friday night.
Part of his mission at the previous stations was to convince war-weary skeptics of his course and to explain why talks with Moscow are unthinkable for him at this point in time. Zelensky was less demanding than on previous occasions and emphasized his gratitude above all. Dpa