‘Stand with Ukraine’ events planned across Canada to mark war anniversary – National

Thousands of Canadians from coast to coast are expected to attend a series of rallies in support of Ukraine on Friday to mark the one year anniversary of Russia’s invasion.

Led by the Ukrainian Canadian Parliament, about 40 ‘Fight Ukraine’ events are planned in major cities across the country, from St. Johns, Newfoundland to Whitehorse, Yukon.

Events are scheduled at various times throughout the day, but the majority are candlelit vigils in the evening.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears in Toronto to speak to the media about the solemn anniversary.

He will be flanked by Defense Minister Anita Anand this afternoon. Prime Minister Trudeau will also participate in a night owl for victims of war.

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On Thursday, the prime minister said Canada’s support for Ukraine would not wane. He said that the Ukrainian people are not fighting only for themselves, but for the ideals and rules that underpin all democracies.

The year-long conflict has dealt a deadly blow to the Ukrainian people, killing tens of thousands of civilians and displacing millions more.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivered a defiant video speech on Friday morning, recalling the horrors unleashed by Russia’s aggression a year ago and vowing to boost victory in 2023.

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