Oct 14, 2022

On Wednesday, I was in Ukraine with Minister Harjit Sajjan. We were there in the aftermath of Russia’s horrific missile strikes on Monday and Tuesday that targeted and killed innocent civilians in Ukraine.

We came to show Canada’s steadfast support for the brave people of Ukraine courageously defending their country from Russia’s genocidal war and to hear directly from Ukrainians about their needs and how Canada can help.

While in Lviv, Minister Sajjan and I visited the Lychakiv Cemetery with Governor Kozytskyy to pay respect to fallen Ukrainian soldiers. We learned about the work being done to rebuild the Ukrainian economy and support internally displaced people – refugees from other parts of Ukraine who have fled to the Lviv region from the regions of Ukraine occupied by Russia.

We also met with the Mayor of Lviv, Andriy Sadovyi and thanked him for his continued support of internally displaced persons. Since the beginning of February, Mayor Sadovyi has welcomed hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians to his city.

Everyone we met with told us that after Russia’s missile strikes this week that Ukrainians are more defiant and determined than ever to win this war.

In fighting this war, Ukrainians are not only fighting for themselves, they are also defending our security, our democracy and our quality of life. They are fighting for us.

Canada is determined to ensure that Ukraine wins and will be there until that happens, until we all win.

On Thursday, I joined John Moore on Moore in the Morning on Newstalk 1010 radio to discuss my visit to Ukraine.