(Toronto) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday announced a series of military, economic and cultural measures to support Ukraine in its war against Russia.

This assistance includes the provision of assault rifles, machine guns and ammunition, as well as an update to the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement.

In addition, the signing of a new agreement will allow young Ukrainians and Canadians to work and travel more easily in both countries.

Mr. Trudeau also announced that Canada is imposing new sanctions on Russian and Belarusian authorities and organizations in retaliation for the ongoing invasion.

The Prime Minister announced the new measures as he welcomed his Ukrainian counterpart, Denys Shmyhal, to Toronto on Tuesday.

Mr. Shmyhal took the opportunity to thank Canada for its support since Russian forces invaded in February 2022.

Canada has provided billions of dollars in economic and military aid to Ukraine since the country was invaded by Russia in February 2022. This includes a $2.4 billion loan announced in last month’s federal budget, as well as tanks, armored vehicles and ammunition.

Prime Minister Shmyhal’s visit comes amid reports that Ukraine’s military is planning a spring offensive aimed at pushing back Russian forces from the east of the country.