Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pays surprise visit to Kyiv

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pays surprise visit to Kyiv on same day as Jill Biden and U2 make unannounced visits to war-torn Ukraine

  • Trudeau made an unannounced visit Sunday to Irpin, a Kyiv suburb targeted during Russia’s attempt to take the capital, and met Mayor Oleksandr Markushyn

  • Markushyn posted pictures of Trudeau walking around with Ukrainian army chiefs and surveying the damage at a bombarded apartment complex

  • Trudeau’s office later confirmed the visit. The Canadian leader flew overnight on Saturday and is expected to spend one day in Ukraine to meet with Zelensky 

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made a surprise visit to Kyiv on the same day First Lady Jill Biden and rock band U2 made separate visits to Ukraine. 

Trudeau made an unannounced visit Sunday to Irpin, a Kyiv suburb targeted during Russia’s attempt to take the capital, and met Mayor Oleksandr Markushyn, the Associated Press reported. 

‘I’ve just had the honor to meet with the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, who came to Irpin to see with his own eyes all the horror which Russian occupants have caused to our town,’ Markushyn said on his Telegram channel.

Markushyn posted pictures of Trudeau walking around with Ukrainian army chiefs and surveying the damage at a bombarded apartment complex. The mayor said that the Canadian leader was shocked by the damage he saw at civilian homes. 

Trudeau’s office said in a statement: ‘The prime minister is in Ukraine to meet with President Zelensky and reaffirm Canada’s unwavering support for the Ukrainian people.’  

Trudeau flew on Saturday night and is expected to spend one day in Ukraine, The Toronto Star reported. 

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