Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced on Saturday that Canada would supply an extra $100 million in assist to assist ease the continued refugee and humanitarian disaster sparked by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“This can be a second the place the world wants to come back collectively, to face up for Ukraine and to face up for our values and rules,” Trudeau mentioned as a part of his closing remarks, delivered remotely to a worldwide pledge rally from Ottawa.
The rally, co-hosted by Trudeau and European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen, culminated Saturday in commitments of $12.4 billion from nations to assist with the disaster. The funds promised by Canada shall be channelled by way of humanitarian companies.
The humanitarian funding comes on prime of latest guarantees unveiled within the federal funds this week, which included $500 million in navy assist, in addition to a suggestion of an extra $1 billion in loans to Ukraine.
Trudeau additionally highlighted adjustments to Canada’s immigration system which are meant to assist extra folks fleeing the battle discover refuge on this nation. These adjustments embody extra constitution flights, short-term revenue help, non permanent lodging and extra assist with integration.
Sean Fraser, Canada’s immigration minister, mentioned earlier this week that greater than 12,000 Ukrainians have arrived in Canada for the reason that starting of the yr. Earlier within the week, Canada had acquired greater than 112,000 purposes for an expedited program to come back to Canada, and 30,000 of these purposes had been authorised, he mentioned Saturday.
Virtually 4.5 million refugees have left Ukraine for the reason that begin of the battle on Feb. 24, in response to the United Nations.
Denunciations of alleged warfare crimes
The coverage strikes come as Canadian officers are turning up the temperature on their rhetoric in relation to Russia, prompted by revelations and mounting evidence of alleged warfare crimes perpetrated by Russia in Ukraine. These accusations have this week centred in town of Bucha, close to the capital Kyiv, the place witnesses have seen proof of murdered and tortured civilians.
Trudeau referred to the battle on Saturday as “Vladimir Putin’s evil warfare” and denounced assaults towards civilians — and notably sexual violence towards ladies — as an try “to crush the Ukrainian spirit, the Ukrainian id.” Overseas Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly said earlier in the week that what occurred in Bucha was “clearly warfare crimes.”
In her funds speech on Thursday, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, who can be deputy prime minister, explicitly labelled Putin a warfare felony.
“The world’s democracies — together with our personal — could be protected solely as soon as the Russian tyrant and his armies are totally vanquished,” she mentioned.
In an interview on CBC’s The Home, which aired Saturday, Freeland, who has shut private and familial ties with Ukraine, mentioned she delivered that speech in her official capability.
“That was an announcement of a extremely necessary reality for Canada’s nationwide safety. The fact in the present day — and it’s a horrible actuality — is that Vladimir Putin is the largest risk to Canada’s nationwide safety and the safety of the world,” she advised host Chris Corridor.
Freeland mentioned Ukraine is on the entrance line of that combat and desires Canada’s help.
“They’re combating this combat. They’re dying on this combat, however we can assist them.”
Russia has denied that its navy forces had been liable for the deaths in Bucha, claiming the pictures had been fabricated.
Chatting with CBC’s Energy & Politics earlier this week, Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations, Bob Rae, mentioned Russia shouldn’t be believed.
“I believe it is simply preposterous for the Russians to assert it is all pretend. It is not pretend. There’s extra of it to come back.”