Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly is on a surprise two-day visit to Ukraine, coinciding with the nearing two-year mark of Russia’s extensive invasion. Her agenda includes revealing a new effort aimed at combating the forced deportation of children by Russian forces, CBC reports.
“Children cannot be used as pawns in war. In their faces, we see our humanity and Canada is proud to lead the effort alongside Ukraine to ensure their return home to Ukraine,” Joly said in a statement announcing her trip.
The Minister is expected to formally announce that in Kyiv today, CBC says. Joly will meet with her Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.