President Zelensky wants Canada to participate in a peace process | War in Ukraine
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during an interview with Radio-Canada, CBC and CTV.< /p>
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky calls on Canada to contribute to a long-term peace process with Russia as the 10-month-long war enters a critical phase in the approach of winter.
The Ukrainian leader expressed the wish in a pre-recorded video address broadcast on Friday at an international security conference in Halifax, which was attended by Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand.
Mr Zelensky, whose country was invaded by Russia in February, said real peace will require agreement in 10 different sectors. Among other things, he spoke about the withdrawal of Russian forces, the release of prisoners and Ukraine's nuclear, food and energy security.
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President Zelensky told participants at the Halifax Forum on International Security that he expects Canada to spearhead one of these areas.
Minister Anand, in her own address to the conference, bragged about the more than $1 billion in military assistance Canada has provided to Ukraine since the start of this war.
She added that the Ukrainian army was winning the war and that Russian President Vladimir Putin had strengthened NATO unity.
The determination of the Ukrainian people and of President Zelensky continues to inspire us all, she said. The Ukrainian armed forces are motivated, disciplined and better trained, and they are winning.
Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand at the opening of the International Security Forum in Halifax
Russia suffers more and more setbacks after nine months of fighting. It recently withdrew its troops from Kherson in southern Ukraine. However, it continued its attacks on Ukrainian energy facilities, raising fears as winter approaches.
In addition, the Ukrainian police are said to have initiated more than 3,000 criminal cases against Russian troops. Some of them relate to torture and other atrocities committed by Russians in the southern Kherson region.
Ukrainian officials said they are investigating over 430 crimes and four alleged torture sites.