Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is not a war, but a struggle between the “evil world and the democratic world,” says Leisa Zaburanna, a Ukrainian lawmaker who recently traveled to Canada with a delegation of lawmakers from Ukraine with an important message for Ottawa is.
“We want to emphasize that this is not a war between Russia and Ukraine,” Zaburanna told Global News’ Mercedes Stevenson The West Block. “It’s a war between evil and the democratic world.”
“We need more support from your people, from your government, from your parliament,” she said.
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“We are looking for financial support and hope that Canada can lead in this area and also help us to advance effective negotiations with other countries in this regard,” added Zaburanna, the delegation’s chair.
The group of Ukrainian lawmakers are in Ottawa this week to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other government officials in a desperate bid to garner more support for their beleaguered nation.
The delegation has dismissed prospects of a negotiated peace as another failed attempt to rescue civilians from the city of Mariupol and an explosion at a Russian fuel depot on Friday threatened to undermine the latest round of talks.
Instead, Ukrainian lawmakers identified three priority areas where they said Ukraine needed more help: more sanctions on Russia, financial aid and more weapons.
“We don’t need long negotiations. We need action and the Canadian people can urge the government to act,” Zaburanna said.
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That request, which took the form of an official letter in recent weeks, comes after Canada shipped around 100 of the launchers and around 2,000 rounds of ammunition in late February, shortly after Russia began its unprovoked and bloody invasion.
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Sources say that given the intensity of the battle, the Ukrainians quickly went through these ammunition.
A government source said Canada plans to honor that request and is considering broadcasting an additional 1,000 rounds.
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Defense Minister Anita Anand’s office said they had no details to share about future supplies to Ukraine at this time, but a spokesman, Daniel Minden, noted more deadly aid was in the works.
“As you may know, the Prime Minister confirmed last week that Canada will be sending more lethal equipment to Ukraine in the coming days and weeks,” Minden said in an email.
Trudeau and Anand said last week Canada wants to buy more arms for Ukraine, but gave no details.
Trudeau on Friday convened the Incident Response Group to discuss the war in Ukraine with ministers and senior officials. The group “explored options to further respond to Ukraine’s evolving needs,” according to a handout from the prime minister’s office, and discussed the military assistance Canada has provided to the country to date.
“The Prime Minister, ministers and officials remain committed to continuing to provide urgent support to Ukraine,” the handout said.
Last month, Canada sent $7.8 million worth of lethal equipment and ammunition to Ukraine as Russia continued to escalate tensions in the region.
After a trip to Brussels last week, Trudeau announced an additional $50 million in humanitarian aid to Ukraine while imposing new sanctions on dozens of Russian officials.
– with files by Amanda Connolly of Global News and The Canadian Press
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