Justin Trudeau walks near residential buildings, destroyed from fighting, during an unannounced visit to Irpin. (R) Trudeau and Volodymyr Zelenskiy arrive for a news conference in Kyiv. Reuters
Trudeau, addressing a news conference after talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, also said Canada was imposing new sanctions on Russian individuals and entities in connection with Moscow's invasion of Ukraine. Canada, he said, was reopening its embassy in Kyiv.
Trudeau said that Russian leader Vladimir Putin was responsible for "war crimes."
"It is clear that Vladimir Putin is responsible for heinous war crimes," Canadian PM said at a news conference with the Ukrainian leader, adding that "there must be accountability" and that he had "witnessed firsthand the brutality of Russia's illegal war."
Earlier during the day, Trudeau visited Irpin outside the capital of Ukraine, its mayor said, where Russian forces were accused of atrocities against civilians.
Irpin Mayor Oleksandr Markushyn posted pictures on an official social media channel with pictures of Trudeau writing that the Canadian prime minister "came to Irpin to see with his own eyes all the horror that the Russian occupiers had done to our city."
Trudeau's office confirmed the visit saying that, "The prime minister is in Ukraine to meet with President Zelensky and reaffirm Canada's unwavering support for the Ukrainian people."
Markushyn said that the Canadian prime minister had been given a tour of the suburb that was badly damaged by Russian forces in the early stages of their invasion launched in late February.
"He saw — not military facilities — but burned and completely destroyed homes of Irpin residents, who until recently enjoyed life and had their own plans for the future," the mayor said.
Several Western political leaders including UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres have recently visited Irpin and other residential areas around the capital Kyiv where Russian forces were accused of killing hundreds of civilians.
Trudeau's visit came on the same day US First Lady Jill Biden made an unannounced trip to Ukraine.
Trudeau was joined by Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and Foreign Minister Melanie Joly, who together also hoisted the maple leaf flag at Canada's mission in Kyiv.
The embassy had been shuttered in February when diplomatic staff moved to Lviv and then to Poland. Joly this week had told reporters it would be reopened "in the coming days."
Later during the visit, Trudeau was scheduled to meet with Zelensky. Both were also to take part in an online G7 meeting to discuss the situation in Ukraine.
President Zelensky said conditions in Mariupol, which has seen the worst fighting of the nearly eight-week long war, continued to worsen, though Reuters witnesses said a few dozen civilians managed to leave the city on Wednesday in a small bus convoy.
Jill Biden called the show of solidarity "amazing" but also "just the beginning.” She said it was inspiring for Romanians "to welcome all these refugees into their homes and offer them food and clothing and shelter and give them their hearts.
The US and Germany pledged to send Ukraine some of the most advanced weapons; Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov accused Washington of "adding fuel to the fire," saying "such supplies" did not encourage Kyiv to resume peace talks.
“As the initiator and main instigator of the Ukrainian crisis, Washington, while imposing unprecedented comprehensive sanctions on Russia, continues to supply arms and military equipment to Ukraine,” Zhang was quoted as saying.
Caretaker Information Minister Amir Mir confirmed Elahi's arrest, saying he was in his vehicle and "trying to flee" when he was arrested.
Social media users reacted strongly to the video and the villagers' predicament with comments slamming the concerned authorities for reneging on their promise to provide good rural connectivity.
The marriage of Crown Prince Hussein, 28, and Saudi architect Rajwa Al Saif, 29, drew a star-studded guest list including Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, as well as US First Lady Jill Biden.
The authorities said that after the issuance of the visit visa, the tourist must enter the country within 60 days from the date of issuance, and the validity of the entry permit will be 30 days or 60 days, depending on the visa sought.