Canada’s Minister of National Defense, Anita Anand, was in Niagara on Wednesday, promising the Ukrainian community that her government was committed to continuing to support Ukraine with military and humanitarian aid.
As Russia prepares for a major offensive in the east, some worry about how long it will take for those weapons to reach Ukrainian troops.
Anand met with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress in Niagara on Wednesday to talk about the $500 million dollars in additional military support promised in the latest federal budget.
Irene Newton from the Niagara UCC says her biggest concern is how long it will take for the additional military aid to reach the battlefields in eastern Ukraine, where a major Russian offensive is expected soon. The budget still needs approval, and the House of Commons is on leave until Monday.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky released a video detailing a specific list of weapons to his country and Minister Anand says he is aware of the items and is working with suppliers and allies to help obtain them. are working.
Evidence of Russian atrocities in Ukraine continues to build, including allegations of civilian killings and Russian soldiers raping Ukrainian women.
CHCH News asked the minister if he thought Russia was committing genocide. “A very strong argument can be made that it is indeed of that nature,” says Anand.
Newton says long-term housing is very difficult to find, and he hopes all levels of government can work together better to coordinate services for newly arrived Ukrainians. Newton hopes the minister will take him back to his colleagues in Ottawa.