During the visit, the Prime Minister met with President Petro Poroshenko to reiterate Canada’s steadfast support for the people of Ukraine, its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and its reform efforts.
While in Kyiv, International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland signed the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA) along with her Ukrainian counterpart. This agreement represents a significant milestone in Canada’s relationship with Ukraine, and will generate commercial benefits for Canadians and Ukrainians alike.
The Prime Minister also met with Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman and Parliamentary Speaker Andriy Parubiy. During these meetings, he acknowledged progress made to date and encouraged Ukraine to accelerate its efforts to achieve long-term prosperity and stability.
He also met with members of the Canadian and Ukrainian business communities to underline the importance Canada attaches to deepening Canada-Ukraine commercial relations.
The Prime Minister concluded his trip by visiting Canadian Armed Forces personnel serving as part of Operation UNIFIER at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre in Yavoriv, where he witnessed Canada’s contribution to support Ukrainian forces through capacity building and military training activities. (video http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/723417667695)
During his visit, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that Canada would:
– provide $13 million in humanitarian assistance to support the humanitarian needs of the conflict-affected population in eastern Ukraine;
– deploy additional Canadian monitors to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine;
– deploy additional Canadian police to Ukraine, focusing on training and institutional development, to consolidate and support the next phases of Ukraine’s police reform.