Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky landed late Thursday evening in Ottawa for his first visit to Canada since the Russian invasion began in 2022. Thirteen people were injured in a Russian attack on a town west of Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine. Follow the latest events in the conflict hour by hour.
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5:35 a.m.: Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in Canada
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky landed late Thursday evening in Ottawa for his first visit to Canada since the start of the Russian invasion in 2022, AFP noted.
Arriving from Washington, the head of state was welcomed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who promised in a press release that Canada, a country with the second largest Ukrainian diaspora in the world, would support Kiev “as long as it takes ” in its conflict with Russia.
3:04 a.m.: Russian attack leaves 13 injured in eastern Ukraine
Thirteen people were injured in a Russian attack on a town west of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, state media Suspilne reported, citing a local official.
Two strikes targeted the town of Kurakhove, about 50 kilometers from Donetsk, causing a fire, Roman Padoun, the head of the town’s administration, told Suspilne, without providing further details.
Photos posted on social networks show several buildings engulfed in flames. Reuters was unable to independently verify these images.
The town of Kurakhove, controlled by Ukraine, is located near the front line and has been targeted by Russian attacks for several months.
Kherson Region Governor Oleksandr Prokudin said on Telegram that a woman was killed in Russian shelling of the town of Zelenivka.
2:48 a.m.: Zelensky will travel to Canada and speak before Parliament
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will travel to Canada to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and speak before Parliament, the Canadian Prime Minister’s office announced late Thursday.
“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, will visit Canada from September 21 to 22, 2023,” Justin Trudeau’s office said. The Ukrainian president will also meet with Canadian business leaders to strengthen future private investment in Ukraine.
12:05 a.m.: “no alternative” to a favorable vote by Congress on aid to Ukraine, according to Joe Biden
“We are with you, we remain with you,” Joe Biden told Volodymyr Zelensky, detailing new military aid, but without the long-range tactical missiles that kyiv insists on. Joe Biden, however, guaranteed that another emblematic American weapon, the Abrams tanks, would arrive in Ukraine “next week”.
Volodymyr Zelensky, for his part, multiplied the “thanks you”, in particular for the “very powerful” assistance announced Thursday, which notably includes anti-aircraft defense equipment.
The Ukrainian president has repeatedly expressed his gratitude for the American Congress, which is currently debating the vote on a new aid package for Ukraine, which certain Trumpist elected officials do not want to hear about. Joe Biden told him that there was “no alternative” and said that he was counting on the “discernment” of parliamentarians.
The essentials of September 21
The Ukrainian president was in Washington on Thursday to convince the United States to continue providing him with massive aid against Russia. Joe Biden announced “important” anti-aircraft defense assets for Ukraine but not the long-range ATACMS missiles requested by kyiv. He said there was “no alternative” to a favorable vote by Congress on a new aid package.
With AFP and Reuters