Justin Trudeau, Chrystia Freeland, and Mélanie Joly make surprise trip to Ukraine

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      Canada has reopened its embassy in Ukraine with a flag-raising ceremony attended by the prime minister, deputy prime minister, and minister of foreign affairs.

      Justin Trudeau, Chrystia Freeland, and Mélanie Joly were also in Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.

      Canada has provided an additional $50 million in military assistance. That's on top of $25 million from its $100-million contribution for humanitarian aid in the region, which is going to the World Food Programme to address food security in Ukraine.

      Another $10 million from Canada will support human rights, civil society, and demining in Ukraine.

      "We’re here to show our support for Ukraine and its people," Trudeau declared over Twitter.

      He added that his message to Ukraine's president and its people is that "Canada will always stand shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine."

      "Since February 2022, Canada has provided $245 million in humanitarian assistance and over $131 million for defensive military equipment," Trudeau's office noted in a statement. "On top of that, Budget 2022 proposes to provide $1 billion in loans through the IMF Administered Account for Ukraine from Canada.

      "This is on top of $620 million in bilateral loans already committed to Ukraine, of which $500 million has already been disbursed," the statement continued. "Budget 2022 also proposes $500 million in additional military aid." 

      In addition, Trudeau visited Irpin where Russian soldiers have killed civilians and destroyed homes and neighbourhoods.

      The prime minister's office also announced sanctions on another 21 Russian individuals and 19 in the Russian defence sector.