Julia Nikhinson Associated Press Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly in an earlier speech to the General Assembly of the United Nations, on September 26
Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly, will be in New York this Wednesday to take part in the emergency special session of the United Nations General Assembly on the war launched in Ukraine by Russia, a year this week.
The agenda of the head of Canadian diplomacy includes a speech during this session. Minister Joly intends to reiterate the importance of holding the Russian regime accountable for its actions, and reaffirm Canada's enduring commitment to supporting Ukraine for as long as necessary.
Mélanie Joly will also deliver a speech at an event on Russia's violations of its human rights and international humanitarian law obligations.
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The Minister of Foreign Affairs visited Ukraine last week and held talks with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, as well as with the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Andriy Kostin, who told him that his country had already recorded 60,000 war-related criminal acts.
Global Affairs Canada points out that since the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014, Canada has imposed sanctions, often in coordination with its allies, on 2,226 individuals and entities in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.
Since early last year, Canada has pledged to pay more than $5 billion to directly support Ukraine, including financial, military and humanitarian assistance.