Prime Minister announces additional support for Ukraine

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today participated in the Virtual Summit of Heads of State and Government of the International Platform for Crimea, where he announced new sanctions against supporters of the Russian regime, as well as additional assistance to Ukraine.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, currently visiting Canada, also participated in this Ukrainian-led initiative. The two leaders underlined their solidarity and unwavering support for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people courageously defending their sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence against the illegal and unjustifiable invasion by Russia.

To increase the pressure on the Putin regime, the Prime Minister announced that Canada is imposing new measures on 62 close to the Russian regime and on a defense sector entity complicit in the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Among those sanctioned are senior Russian government officials, including Russian federal governors and regional heads, their family members and senior officials of currently sanctioned defense sector entities.

To support the government and people of Ukraine, the Prime Minister also announced the allocation of funds for two Ukrainian projects through the Peace and Stabilization Operations Program (PSOP), totaling $3.85 million. This funding will provide additional support to Ukrainian security sector institutions and includes:

  • Approximately $2.9 million in additional funding for the Canada-Ukraine Police Development Project, implemented by Alinea International, which provides targeted support to the National Police of Ukraine (NPU) and the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs and State Emergency Services, including the provision of essential equipment and supplies. Support is also provided to improve police responses to cases of conflict-related sexual violence and to expand peer psychological support to police.
  • Approximately $950,000 in additional funding for the Promoting Reform Objectives through Technical Expertise and Capacity Transfer project, implemented by Alinea International, focused on providing technical advice and support to the Ukrainian Ministry of defense. This project strengthens the capacity of this institution essential to Ukraine’s ability to defend itself against Russian aggression.

Today, Prime Minister Trudeau also announced that Canada will continue to counter Russian state-sponsored disinformation by creating a dedicated team to help increase Canada’s ability to understand, monitor and detect Russian state-sponsored disinformation. Russia and other states and to enable deeper international collaboration, including through the G7’s Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM). Canada commends German leadership as part of the G7 RRM working group focused on the threat of subnational foreign interference at the community, municipal and regional levels.

To address the urgent need to increase grain storage capacity in Ukraine due to the Russian invasion and to help improve food security in the country, the Prime Minister announced at this year’s G7 Summit in Germany a contribution of $52 million for agricultural solutions. Canada’s contribution will be channeled through the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Grain Storage Support Strategy. $50 million of this contribution will go towards grain storage solutions and $2 million will go towards laboratory equipment and associated technical assistance. Canada’s support will benefit more than 1,900 farmers and more than 4,800 people in total, including providing jobs and protecting the livelihoods of internally displaced people in Ukraine.

Quotation

“Canada and Germany continue to be united in their efforts to support Ukraine. Both countries reaffirmed their joint commitment to support the full restoration of Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence. We will continue to work with our partners and allies to continue to uphold and defend peace, security, human rights and the rule of law.

The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Fast facts

  • Since Russia’s illegal occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea in 2014, Canada has imposed sanctions on more than 1,750 individuals and entities.
  • Since Russia’s renewed invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, Canada has imposed sanctions on over 1,300 additional individuals and entities from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.
  • In 2022, Canada has committed over $3.4 billion in support to Ukraine, including $1.95 billion in direct financial assistance that has been fully disbursed to Ukraine, and $455 million in international.
  • Since February 2022, Canada has committed or provided $626 million in military assistance. This amount includes the full $500 million allocation in military support to Ukraine announced in Budget 2022.
  • The Crimea Platform was launched in 2021 with an inaugural Summit of Heads of State and Government.

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