KYIV — The world will do every part potential to be sure that Russian President Vladimir Putin loses his battle in Ukraine, together with retaining Moscow below sanctions for years, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned late on Sunday.
“What Putin needs to understand is that the West is absolutely determined and resolved to stand against what he is doing,” Mr. Trudeau advised Reuters in an interview.
“His illegal war, his escalations, his crossing of red lines by choosing to further invade Ukraine means that we will do as a world everything we can to make sure that he loses.”
Talking on the sidelines of an unannounced go to to Ukraine for talks with President Volodymyr Zelensky, whom he calls a good friend, Mr. Trudeau mentioned Mr. Putin is making a horrible mistake.
“He is inflicting atrocities upon civilians, and it’s all something that he is doing because he thought he could win. But he can only lose,” Mr. Trudeau mentioned when requested what he would inform Mr. Putin on the eve of Russia’s commemorations of the defeat of Nazi Germany in World Conflict II, which Moscow calls the Nice Patriotic Conflict of 1941-45.
On Sunday, Europe commemorated the 77th anniversary of the give up of the Nazis. Russia celebrates the victory on Could 9. Nazi Germany’s unconditional give up got here into pressure at 11:01 p.m. on Could 8, 1945, which was Could 9 in Moscow.
Trudeau additionally echoed an announcement from the Group of Seven issued earlier on Sunday, following a video name of G7 leaders with Zelensky, on how Mr. Putin’s “actions bring shame on Russia and the historic sacrifices of its people” throughout World Conflict II.
“Quite frankly, on Victory in Europe Day, when we all celebrate the victory over fascism of so many decades ago,” Mr. Trudeau mentioned, “Vladimir Putin is bringing shame upon the memory of the millions of Russians who fought and died in the fight for freedom and the fight against fascism.”
Mr. Putin, Russia’s paramount chief since 1999 who will preside over the anniversary celebrations on Monday, in current years has used Victory Day to needle the West from a tribute in Pink Sq. earlier than a parade of troops, tanks, rockets and intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Earlier, Mr. Trudeau mentioned Canada will present new weapons and gear for Ukraine and can reopen its embassy in Kyiv, the nation’s capital.
Mr. Putin says that he launched a “special military operation” on Feb. 24 to disarm Ukraine and rid it of anti-Russian nationalism fomented by the West. Ukraine and its allies say Russia launched an unprovoked battle.
Mr. Trudeau mentioned all of the international locations which have imposed sanctions on Moscow, which have taken a steep toll on the Russian financial system, are determined to preserve them in place so long as crucial, even for years.
“Vladimir Putin cannot upend over 70 years of stability and growth and prosperity for the world and expect to continue to benefit from that stability, growth and prosperity,” he mentioned. — Reuters