Ukraine’s President Zelensky Seeks Canadian Support Amid Escalating Conflict

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Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, has unexpectedly touched down in Canada with the aim of stirring up support for his embattled nation. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada was among the welcoming committee, giving a warm reception as Zelensky’s flight landed in Ottawa.

This unanticipated journey to Canada is the first of its kind for President Zelensky since the hostile invasion by Russia back in February 2022. His latest diplomatic activity kicked off in Washington, where he held important meetings with the US President Joe Biden and various other political laureates.

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While in Washington, Zelensky’s prime objective was to seek increased funding in support of Ukraine’s defensive struggle against Russian armed aggression. Extending his plea at an international level, he earlier addressed world leaders at the United Nations based in New York, urging them to persist in their backing towards Ukraine.

Despite these rallying calls, evident strains in diplomacy have surfaced with Zelensky criticizing Poland, Slovakia and Hungary following their embargo on Ukrainian grain imports. Furthermore, the global commitment to aiding Ukraine in this conflict has grown complicated and controversial, considering the depleting resources of benefactor nations.

The United States, particularly within the Republican faction, has seen an increase in skepticism regarding funding towards Ukraine’s fight. President Zelensky’s pleas for continued support seem to have a lessening impact. As President Biden points out, “Russia believes that the world will grow weary and allow it to brutalise Ukraine without consequence.”

The recent nod of approval from the US Congress led to more than $110bn (£89bn) being allocated to Ukraine in aid. However, public polling data reveals a dwindling enthusiasm from Americans for any additional fiscal commitment.

Conservative Republicans suggest that this money should be utilized on internal affairs. Contrary to this stance, during Zelensky’s visit, President Biden sanctioned a further funding boost to Kyiv, amounting to £265m ($325m). The package is earmarked for the enhancement of air defenses, although it stops short of incorporating the long-range missiles sought after by President Zelensky.

Just this Wednesday, Poland declared a cessation of weapon consignments to Ukraine, choosing to shift its focus onto its own defensive establishment with modern weaponry instead.

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Melinda Cochrane is a poet, teacher and fiction author. She is also the editor and publisher of The Inspired Heart, a collection of international writers. Melinda also runs a publishing company, Melinda Cochrane International books for aspiring writers, based out Montreal, Quebec. Her publication credits include: The art of poetic inquiry, (Backalong Books), a novella, Desperate Freedom, (Brian Wrixon Books Canada), and 2 collections of poetry; The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat, (Backalong Books), and She’s an Island Poet, Desperate Freedom was on the bestseller's list for one week, and The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat is one of hope and encouragement for all those living in the social welfare system. She’s been published in online magazines such as, (regular writer for) ‘Life as a Human’, and Shannon Grissom’s magazine.