Canadian ambassador to Poland says Poland wants allies to show more support in Ukraine war

Ukraine War. Image credit: UNI

Ottawa: Canada’s ambassador to Poland was reported saying that the country wants allies to remain engaged in the war that has been raging on the other side of its border for two years.

Ukraine war presents a real and present threat to the people of Poland, Godin said speaking on the second anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Her comments were followed by Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s unannounced suprise visit to Ukraine to show solidarity with the country where he also promised $15 million to help complete the Ukrainian National Museum of the Holodomor-Genocide in Kyiv.

Hundreds of Canadians reportedly stood on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Saturday to show solidarity with Ukraine to mark the second anniversary of the Russian invasion.

“Today for me means resilience…Ukraine is resilient…”To see support from Canada and the whole world it means so more.” Nataliya Senyuk, the founder of the group Ottawa Supports Ukraine’s Democracy was reported saying.

“Canada’s support for Ukraine has been steadfast since 2014…ince January 2022, Canada has committed more than $13.3 billion in financial, development, military…immigration assistance to Ukraine…“Canada stands with Ukraine in this existential struggle for survival, freedom and democracy…Canada is firmly committed to Ukraine’s long-term security; we believe its future is in NATO, and we support Ukraine’s push for a just and sustainable peace,”  Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Bill Blair, Minister of National Defence; Ahmed Hussen, Minister of International Development, and Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, had said in a statement.

“Our $4 billion in military assistance includes Leopard 2 battle tanks, armoured vehicles, artillery ammunition, over 800 drones made in Canada, air defence missiles and more. Through Operation UNIFIER, the Canadian Armed Forces has trained more than 40,000 Ukrainian troops since 2015—and Canadian training for Ukrainians continues today in the United Kingdom, Poland and Latvia. Further, Canada’s Air Mobility Detachment in Prestwick, Scotland, has delivered over 15 million pounds of Ukraine-bound military assistance from Canada, allies and partners. Through the Ukraine Defence Contact Group and on a bilateral basis, we remain in close contact with Ukraine about its most pressing military needs, and we remain hard at work to provide Ukraine with the tools that it needs to win.

“Canada is also using every tool at our disposal to pressure and undermine Russia’s aggression, including through sanctions, with more than 2,900 individuals in Russia, Belarus, Moldova and temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine sanctioned since 2014.

“The war is a humanitarian catastrophe for Ukrainians, and approximately 40% of Ukraine’s population is expected to need humanitarian assistance this year. In the past 2 years, Canada has committed $352.5 million in life-saving humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and its neighbours, with the majority of that support centred on frontline communities in the south and east of Ukraine. Canada’s development assistance has also supported Ukraine’s agriculture and agri-food sector by building its resilience and allowing it to continue producing grains, oilseeds and other agricultural products for local consumption and export. This support has not only contributed to Ukraine’s economic stability and helped preserve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers but also ensured its ongoing contribution to the global food supply chain despite the disruptions caused by Russia’s aggression.

“As Russia’s ongoing, brutal invasion of Ukraine persists, Canada continues to adapt its response to help those fleeing violence. Since its launch in March 2022, the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel has provided temporary safe haven to over 220,000 Ukrainians. We also launched a special family reunification pathway to provide permanent residence to Ukrainian family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. These measures build on our steadfast commitment to help Ukrainians find a safe haven and provide them with the assistance they need while the conflict is ongoing.

“Canada—and many other partners—will continue to help the Government of Ukraine meet the recovery and reconstruction challenges in the months and years to come. Canada also works closely with the Ukrainian government and local authorities to ensure a continued focus on reform, which is key to Ukraine’s aspirations to join the European Union. We are also supporting critical development needs and priorities such as inclusive governance, as well as decentralization, food security and gender equality, including support for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence and those who are internally displaced.

“Recently, we also announced Canada is co-chairing, with Ukraine, the International Coalition for the Return of Ukrainian Children. No child should be a pawn in war, and Canada is proud to play a convenor role within the coalition, bringing together partner states and key stakeholders. Canada will also provide technical assistance and expertise to assist with the safe return of children.

“We stand with Ukraine, today and always.”

Poland and Canada have worked together closely, Godin says, on military efforts to train troops by delivering aid and added that Canada’s role in guarding NATO’s eastern flank in Latvia was appreciated by Poland.

But with support for Ukraine reportedly waning in other western countries, Godin says Poland wants to make sure other countries continue to take the war seriously.

More than 10,000 Ukrainian civilians have been killed and 20,000 injured, the United Nations estimated.