Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the city of Irbin, on the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital, which was devastated by fierce battles between the Ukrainian and Russian armies, according to the city’s mayor.
“(Justin Trudeau) visited Irvine to see with his own eyes all the atrocities committed by the Russian occupiers in our city,” Oleksandr Markushin wrote on Telegram, accompanying his message with pictures with Trudeau in the devastated city.
Justin Trudeau’s visit to Ukraine was not announced in advance. “The Prime Minister of Ukraine to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky and to reaffirm our unwavering support for the Ukrainian people,” his office said.
For his part, Markushin expressed his “deep thanks” to the prime minister for “the support that Canada is providing to Ukraine today.” “We believe in the continuation of cooperation between our two countries in the reconstruction of Ukrainian cities after our victory,” he said.
In addition, the Canadian official raised his country’s flag at the Canadian Embassy in Kyiv.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits Irbin, on the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital
Erbin, located at the northwest gates of Kyiv, witnessed fierce fighting between Russians and Ukrainians in the early days of the Russian offensive in late February.
The Russian army quickly took control of this city, which had a population of 60,000 people before the war, and then occupied it throughout March.
Vemia accused the Russian forces of committing massacres there – as happened in the neighboring town of Bucha – after the discovery of dozens of bodies in civilian clothes in those areas occupied and then abandoned by the Russian army.