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War in Ukraine: Zelenskyy speaks to Canadian Parliament as Russian commanders killed in Sevastopol

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy receives a standing ovation from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and parliamentarians.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy receives a standing ovation from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and parliamentarians. Copyright Patrick Doyle/AP
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All the latest developments from the war in Ukraine.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged Canada on Friday to stay with his country to victory as he went to the Canadian Parliament seeking to bolster support from Western allies for Ukraine’s war against the Russian invasion.

Zelenskyy flew into Canada's capital late on Thursday after meetings with President Joe Biden and lawmakers in Washington. He spoke at the United Nations' annual meeting on Wednesday.

"Moscow must lose once and for all. And it will lose,” Zelenskyy said during his address in Parliament.

Zelenskyy said Canada has always been on the “bright side of history” in fighting previous wars and has helped save thousands of lives in this war with aid. He also thanked Canadians for financial support and for making Ukrainians fleeing war feel at home in Canada.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Patrick Doyle/AP

Zelenskyy linked the suffering of Ukrainians now to the 1930s genocide caused by Stalin, when the Soviet leader was blamed for creating a man-made famine in Ukraine believed to have killed more than 3 million people. He noted that it was in Edmonton, Canada, where the world's first monument was erected in 1993 to commemorate the Ukrainian Famine Genocide.

It is Zelenskyy’s first visit to Canada since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022. He previously addressed the Canadian Parliament virtually after the war started.

Trudeau called the visit an opportunity to show Zelenskyy “how strongly and unequivocally we stand with Ukraine" and announced an additional $650 million Canadian over three years for 50 armoured vehicles that will be built in Canada.

“We are shifting our approach to provide multiyear assistance to ensure Ukraine has the predictable support it needs for long-term support,” Trudeau said at a news conference.

Senior Russian fleet commanders killed in attack on Sevastopol - Kyiv

The Ukrainian army has claimed to have killed or injured "senior commanders" of the Russian navy during its strike on Friday against the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol, in annexed Crimea.

“The details of the attack will be revealed as soon as possible and the result is dozens of deaths and injuries among the occupiers, including senior fleet commanders,” the Kiev military said on Saturday.

They added that the attack took place "during a meeting of Russian naval leaders."

Ukraine's intelligence chief, Kyrylo Budanov, said the attack killed "at least nine people," including generals, in comments made to Voice of America.

Boudanov declined to say whether or not Western-made missiles had been used in the attack.

Russia has admitted that one of its service members remains missing after the attack.

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Early on Saturday, the Moscow-installed governor of Sevastopol warned of the possibility of a new Ukrainian missile attack.

"Be careful, missile danger! Missile danger!" warned Mikhail Razvojaev on Telegram. “Close your windows tightly and don’t go near them,” he added, asking people in cars and public transport to take shelter.

Shortly after, he announced that "the danger is over”.

The Ukrainian region of Crimea was annexed by Moscow in 2014. The city of Sevastopol, which is home to the targeted naval headquarters, is at the heart of the Russian military system and acts as a base to supply the occupying troops and to carry out missile strikes.

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