Feb 25, 2024

By Angus Gillespie

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrapped up a surprise trip to war-torn Ukraine with a blistering attack on Vladimir Putin, calling the Russian leader a “weakling” who uses police and the military to crush his opposition.

Trudeau also announced Canada was signing a new $3 billion dollar funding deal for Ukraine. $320 million of that will go towards military spending. $2.4 billion will be used as loans, administered by the International Monetary Fund. To date, Canada has provided $13.3 billion in aid to Ukraine since the Russian invasion two years ago.

Speaking with reporters at the end of his visit to Ukraine, Trudeau accused Putin of “executing” opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who died unexpectedly a week ago in the Arctic penal colony where he was serving a 19-year sentence.

The 47-year-old Navalny was Putin’s greatest political foe.

The Kremlin has rejected allegations that Putin was involved in Navalny’s death, calling them “absolutely unfounded, insolent accusations about the head of the Russian state.”

Russian officials have now returned Navalny’s body to his family.

Hundreds of people gathered at Toronto’s Nathan Phillip Square yesterday to mark the two-year anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.


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