Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Today, we join Ukrainian communities in Canada and around the world to celebrate the 29th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence.
Canada was the first Western country to recognize Ukraine’s independence. Ever since, we have worked alongside the people of Ukraine as a steadfast partner and close friend. We have supported them in their efforts to protect their sovereignty and security and build a more prosperous, democratic future. As part of that effort, our Canadian Armed Forces members are providing capacity building to the Security Forces of Ukraine as part of Operation UNIFIER. We have also established free trade between our two countries and we are working closely with the international community to support Ukraine’s reform efforts.