Photos: President Zelenskyy gets off plane at Pearson Airport in Mississauga, met by huge motorcade

Published September 22, 2023 at 7:25 pm

Photos: President Zelenskyy gets off plane at Pearson Airport in Mississauga, met by huge motorcade

On Friday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was at Mississauga’s Pearson Airport after arriving in Canada for an official visit to Parliament.

Zelenskyy, who was met by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, delivered a speech to Parliament where he again spoke out against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and thanked Canada for its support.

“Canada’s support for Ukraine with weapons and equipment has allowed us to save thousands, thousands of lives. This includes air defence systems, armoured vehicles, artillery shells and very significant assistance in de-mining. Thank you so much,” said Zelenskyy.

Earlier this year, Canada sent another 200 armoured vehicles to Ukraine to help with defence. The vehicles were purchased from Roshel, a company based in Mississauga, at a cost of $90 million.

“Canada’s leadership in sanctions against Russia for this war and terror really encouraged others in the world to follow, to follow your lead. And I am especially grateful for your extremely strong one hundred per cent leadership support of the Ukrainian movement to NATO,” the Ukrainian president continued.

A huge motorcade was present as Zelenskyy and his wife Olena Zelenska travelled to Ottawa from the airport, resulting in heavy congestion on Derry Road at Airport Road.

Related: Highlights from Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s speech in Canada’s Parliament

With files from The Canadian Press

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