'Heinous war crimes': Canadian PM Trudeau visits Irpin, meets Zelensky in Kyiv

KyivEdited By: Rustam RoyUpdated: May 08, 2022, 11:49 PM IST
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau added that 'there must be accountability' while asserting that he had 'witnessed first-hand the brutality of Russia's illegal war'.

Amid the Ukraine war, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Kyiv and met President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The two leaders held a press conference as Trudeau said: "It is clear that Vladimir Putin is responsible for heinous war crimes."


The Canadian prime minister added that "there must be accountability" while asserting that he had  "witnessed first-hand the brutality of Russia's illegal war".

Trudeau also raised the flag at the Canadian embassy in Kyiv.

"Canada will always stand shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine," Trudeau said in a tweet, adding, "We’re here to show our support for Ukraine and its people."

The Canadian prime minister had informed earlier that he had spoken to US President Biden as the two leaders "focussed on Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine" and the "ongoing coordinated response".

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Earlier in the day, US First Lady Jill Biden had visited Ukraine and met President Zelenksy's wife Olena Zelenska.

The Canadian prime minister visited Irpin outside Ukraine's capital where Russian forces allegedly committed atrocities against civilians.

Irpin Mayor Oleksandr Markushyn said PM Trudeau "came to Irpin to see with his own eyes all the horror that the Russian occupiers had done to our city."

"He saw -- not military facilities -- but burned and completely destroyed homes of Irpin residents, who until recently enjoyed life and had their own plans for the future," Irpin's Mayor added. 

(With inputs from Agencies)