Irpin (The Times Groupe)- The Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau made a surprise visit to Irpin, near Kyiv, on Sunday, amid Russia’s continued aggression against Ukraine.
“I had the honor of meeting with the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau today, who came to see for himself the horror of Russian occupation in Irpin,” Irpin Mayor Oleksandr Markushyn said via Telegram.”
I hope Justin Trudeau will support the efforts of the Ukrainian diaspora in Canada to repair the infrastructure in Irpin, he added.
Later, Trudeau wrote on Twitter that he had visited Ukraine to “show our support for its people.”
“Canada stands shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine. More to come on our visit,” he said in response to President Zelensky.
After Russia launched its war on the country on Feb. 24, Ukrainian forces retook Irpin in late March.
UN estimates indicate 3,309 civilians have been killed and 3,493 others injured in Ukraine since Russia launched its war on the country on Feb. 24. However, the real death toll is likely to be much higher.
UNHCR says 5.8 million people have fled to other countries, and 7.7 million have been internally displaced.