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The Two-Year Anniversary of the War in Ukraine

Today, February 24th, 2024, marks the two-year anniversary of Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, serving as a reminder of the ongoing challenges to peace and stability in the region and the enduring need for global unity and support.

Russia’s unjust invasion has forced many Ukrainians to flee from their homes and has resulted in unfathomable devastation, injury, and death. I wish to express my sympathy for all those affected by the pain and suffering in Newmarket-Aurora, Canada, and around the world. 

Our ties with Ukraine run deep with 1.3 million Ukrainian-Canadians calling Canada home, alongside our shared commitment to freedom, democracy, and the rule of law.

We’ve worked and are continuing to work with our allies to impose significant repercussions on the Russian regime, while also ensuring Ukraine has the necessary tools they need to continue the fight.

This critical support includes:

  • $9.7 billion in military, humanitarian, and financial aid;
  • an additional $60 million to support Ukraine’s F-16 fighter aircraft;
  • supplying eight Leopard 2 main battle tanks;
  • training new Ukrainian military recruits both overseas, and in Canada;
  • launching the Declaration on the creation of the International Coalition for the Return of Ukrainian Children;
  • supporting demining operations efforts to ensure the safety of civilians;
  • addressing conflict-related sexual violence; and
  • pursuing accountability through international institutions.

Just recently, we’ve invested over $95 million to give Ukraine more than 800 drones, which will help their military fight against Russian aggression.

As the brave people of Ukraine are fighting for their freedom, and for the international rules that keep us all safe, our government will continue to be there for them until they achieve victory.

Slava Ukraini!

Tony Van Bynen

Member of Parliament for
Newmarket—Aurora

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