Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Sunday that Russian leader Vladimir Putin was responsible for “war crimes” during a visit to Ukraine where he met with President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“It is clear that Vladimir Putin is responsible for heinous war crimes,” Trudeau told a news conference with the Ukrainian leader.
“There must be accountability,” he added, after a G7 meeting that included the Ukrainian president.
Earlier in the day, Trudeau visited Irpin outside Kiev, a city devastated by heavy fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces before its occupation by Moscow in March, the city’s mayor said.
“I saw first-hand the brutality of Russia’s illegal war,” he told reporters.
Irpin Mayor Oleksandr Markushyn posted photos on an official social media channel with photos of Trudeau writing that he “came to Irpin to see with his own eyes all the horrors that the Russian occupiers inflicted on our city” .
Trudeau’s visit came on the same day that US First Lady Jill Biden made an unannounced trip to Ukraine.
Markushyn thanked the prime minister for “the support that Canada has shown to Ukraine today”.
“We believe in the continued cooperation between our countries for the reconstruction of Ukrainian cities after our victory,” he added.
Irpin counted about 60,000 people before Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his attack on Ukraine on February 24.
Ukraine accuses Russian forces of atrocities against civilians – such as those in Bucha, a town near Kiev – after the discovery of dozens of bodies wearing civilian clothes in areas then abandoned by the Russian army.
Several Western political leaders, including UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, recently visited Irpin and other residential areas around the capital, Kiev, where Russian forces have been accused of killing hundreds of civilians.
Trudeau is with Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and Foreign Minister Melanie Joly, who also hoisted the maple leaf flag at Canada’s mission in Kiev.
Canada “has resumed operations in Kiev today,” Trudeau said.
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