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Ukraine: Trudeau promises a shipment of heavy weapons “soon”

Justin Trudeau has announced that Canada will soon send heavy weaponry to Ukraine, which is now facing a massive attack from Russia in the east of the country.

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The Canadian government is in “close contact” with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and remains attentive to his requests, said the Prime Minister.

“Their most recent request to Canada is to provide them with heavy weaponry, because that’s where the war is at now. Canada will send heavy weaponry to Ukraine, with further details to come in the coming days,” Trudeau said on the sidelines of a press briefing in New Brunswick.

US President Joe Biden made a similar announcement early Tuesday afternoon.

In the 2022 budget tabled nearly two weeks ago by the Minister of Finance, Canada pledged $500 million in military aid, of which the shipment of lethal and non-lethal equipment was only a section.

Trudeau’s statement follows an all-party meeting on Tuesday morning between the leaders of many countries allied with Ukraine, including President Biden, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

The question of armament was at the heart of this 90-minute teleconference, in which also took part French President Emmanuel Macron, the German Chancellor, the Italian Prime Minister, as well as the leaders of Japan, the United Kingdom, Romania and Poland.

The White House spokeswoman said earlier this afternoon that the allies had also discussed new sanctions to be imposed on Russia.