Canada’s Trudeau Makes Surprise Visit to War-Torn Irpin, Ukraine

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IRPIN, Ukraine (AP) – Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made a surprise visit to Ukraine amid Russia’s war on the country.

Ukrainian media outlet Suspilne and Irpin Mayor Olexander Markushyn announced Trudeau’s visit to Irpin, which had been damaged by Russia’s attempt to take Kyiv at the start of the war. Markushyn posted images of Trudeau on social media, saying that the Canadian leader was shocked by the damage he saw at civilian homes.


IRPIN, UKRAINE – MAY 07: An aerial view shows the new road next to the destroyed bridge over the Irpin river on May 7, 2022 in Irpin, Ukraine. (Photo by Alexey Furman/Getty Images)

Trudeau is the latest Western leader to come to Ukraine to offer their support to the country.

His office later confirmed the visit, saying in a statement “the prime minister is in Ukraine to meet with President Zelenskyy and reaffirm Canada’s unwavering support for the Ukrainian people.”

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