Trudeau in Kyiv announces more aid for Ukraine

STORY: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced new weapons and equipment for Ukraine during an unannounced visit to Kyiv on Sunday.

He said Canada was imposing new sanctions on Russians in connection with Moscow's invasion of Ukraine and reopened the Canadian embassy in the capital.

"Today I'm announcing more military assistance, drone cameras, satellite imagery, small arms, ammunition, and other support, including funding for demining operations.”

Trudeau addressed a news conference after talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and a ceremony in which a bomb-sniffing dog named Patron was awarded a medal of courage.

Meanwhile, Russian forces and pro-Russian separatists resumed heavy shelling of the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol on Sunday, just a day after more than 300 civilians were rescued from the complex.

At least 60 people were also feared dead after a Russian strike on a school building in eastern Ukraine. Reuters could not immediately verify this account. There was no response from Moscow to the report.

Russia calls its invasion a special military operation designed to disarm its neighbor.

Ukraine and its allies say Russia launched an unprovoked war.

Zelenskiy decried the school attack and called for more financial and humanitarian support,

invoking the lessons of World War II.

During Trudeau's visit he also went to the town of Irpin outside Kyiv, the focal point of fierce fighting before Russian troops withdrew in late March.

Canada will add $25 million to the U.N.'s World Food Programme as part of efforts to uphold food security and Trudau said they would remove trade tariffs on all Ukrainian imports to Canada for next year.

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