President of Ukraine

Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Justin Trudeau discussed the aggravation of the situation in Donbas and support for Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic integration

6 April 2021 - 17:52

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a phone conversation with Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau. The President of Ukraine thanked the interlocutor for Canada’s consistent support of Ukraine, which is especially valuable in the difficult times of the current aggravation of the security situation in Donbas.

The President informed the Prime Minister of Canada about the constant violations of the ceasefire in Donbas, which lead to an increase in casualties among the Ukrainian military, as well as an increase in the military threat to Ukraine from Russia.

"During the truce since July 27 last year, 28 warriors have been killed by the shelling in Donbas, 24 of them this year. Since March 26 alone, we have lost 8 of our soldiers. Every day of the war costs us the lives of brave, patriotic people who must build the future of Ukraine," the President said.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed the need to increase international pressure on Russia to prevent further escalation.

The President of Ukraine thanked for the cooperation within the Canadian military training mission UNIFIER and suggested considering the possibility of expanding the training program for the Armed Forces of Ukraine, in particular, increasing the number of Canadian military instructors in our country.

The President stressed the importance of the issue of the possibility of Ukraine obtaining the NATO Membership Action Plan.

"As a special partner of Ukraine, Canada could take the lead among the allies who support a MAP decision for Ukraine. Canada's assistance will be an important signal of support from true friends," said Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The President of Ukraine once again invited Justin and Sophie Trudeau to the inaugural summit of the Crimean Platform in Kyiv on August 23 this year and to the celebration of the 30th anniversary of Ukraine's independence.