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Minister Joly visits Ukraine to launch initiative to return Ukrainian children and advance negotiations on long-term security commitments

February 2, 2024 – Kyiv (Ukraine) – Global Affairs Canada  Minister Joly will also meet with families and children who have been impacted by the war as well as local organizations who support victims of conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence and war-related trauma. With Russia’s full-scale illegal invasion of Ukraine nearing the end of its second year, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that she is visiting Kyiv, Ukraine, on February 2, 2024. This will be her fourth trip to Ukraine since the beginning of 2022. Even after the war, Ukraine will be next-door to a dangerous neighbour. To help deter Russian aggression and threats of future re-invasion, Canada will provide long-term bilateral security commitments to Ukraine alongside our G7 partners. While in Kyiv, Minister Joly will meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba, to advance important negotiations on these commitments. While in Kyiv, Minister Joly will reaffirm Canada’s unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. This support has included more than .7 billion in aid to Ukraine, including over .4 billion in military aid, from armoured vehicles, to artillery ammunition to Leopard 2 tanks. Minister Joly will reiterate Canada’s commitment to supporting Ukraine is steadfast and.Just as we have been since day one, Canada will continue to be there to support Ukraine’s fight for freedom through to the end of the war and beyond. Minister Joly will join Andriy Yermak, Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, to launch the International Coalition for the Return of Ukrainian Children, a joint Canada-Ukraine initiative to help address the issue of the unlawful deportation and forced transfer of Ukrainian children by the Russian government. She will announce how Canada will work with Ukraine and coalition members to coordinate efforts, raise awareness of this issue and advocate for the return of children to Ukraine with partners from around the globe. Minister Joly will also announce that as part of this initiative, Canada will offer practical expertise, with Canadian officials ready to assist their Ukrainian counterparts should they express a need for technical expertise and resources.


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