Prime min­is­ter vis­its with Cana­dian troops

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau thanked Cana­dian sol­diers on Tues­day for their role in train­ing the Ukrainian army, be­fore get­ting a demon­stra­tion of their work firsthand. Speak­ing to some of the 200 sol­diers who have been based near the western city of Lviv since Jan­uary, Trudeau em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of con­tin­u­ing to sup­port Ukraine in its strug­gle with Rus­sia. “It has been a long time since Canada had to de­fend our val­our and de­fend our ter­ri­tory,” he said to the sol­diers, who are mem­bers of the Val­cartier-based Royal 22e Reg­i­ment, bet­ter known as the Van Doos. “But we need to con­tinue to work with those who are fight­ing for democ­racy and their ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity. It is es­sen­tial.”

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