The federal government will match up to $10 million in donations made to the Canadian Red Cross for relief efforts in Ukraine.
“This money will go directly to supporting relief efforts in the region,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday during an announcement about additional sanctions on Russia.
Ukraine, which is seeing the most intense ground fighting in Europe since the Second World War, has been under attack ever since Russian forces invaded the country Thursday as President Vladimir Putin tries to restore Moscow’s Cold War influence.
Russian forces closed in on Ukraine’s capital on Friday night, in an apparent encircling movement after a barrage of airstrikes on cities and military bases around the country.
The invasion has prompted thousands of Ukrainians to flee to nearby Poland, Romania, Moldova, Slovakia, and Hungary.
The Canadian government has agreed to issue single-journey travel documents for Ukrainians and family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents who do not have travel documents.
To donate to the Canadian Red Cross Ukraine relief fund, click here.
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