Thousands of Canadians are expected to head from coast to coast in a series of rallies in support of Ukraine today, which marks her first anniversary since the Russian invasion.
Led by the Ukrainian-Canadian Parliament, about 40 Stand with Ukraine events are planned in major cities across the country, from St. Johns, Newfoundland to Whitehorse, Yukon. Events are he scheduled at various times throughout the day, but the majority of these are candlelight vigils in the evening.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears in Toronto to speak to the media about the solemn anniversary. He will be flanked by Secretary of Defense Anita Anand this afternoon. Prime Minister Trudeau will also attend the war victims memorial service later that day.
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On Thursday, the prime minister said Canada’s support for Ukraine was unwavering. He said the Ukrainian people are not only fighting for themselves, but for the ideals and rules that underlie all democracy.
Years of conflict have dealt a fatal blow to the Ukrainian population, killing tens of thousands of civilians and displacing millions more. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivered a defiant video address this morning, remembering the horror unleashed by Russia’s aggression a year ago and vowing to boost victory in 2023.