In a historic moment, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed Canadian Parliament, asking Canadians to imagine the horror Ukraine has experienced over the last 20 days.
In Ukrainian, Zelenskyy said this is "an attempt to annihilate Ukrainian people."
"It's actually a war against Ukrainian people," he said.
Zelenskyy also called for more support and to close airspace by instituting a no-fly zone, to stop the bombings as Russia is "destroying everything."
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called Zelenskyy a "friend" and a "champion of democracy," which resulted in resounded applause in the House of Commons.
"Your courage and the courage of your people inspires us all," Trudeau said. "You're defending the right of Ukrainians to choose their own future and in doing so, you’re defending the values that form the pillars of all free democratic countries."
"Beyond that, you’re inspiring democracies and democratic leaders around the world to be more courageous, more united and to fight harder for what we believe in. You remind us that friends are always stronger together."
The prime minister announced that with European allies, sanctions are being imposed on 15 additional Russia officials, including government and military elites who are "complicit in this illegal war."
"Ukrainians are already paying incalculable human costs," Trudeau said. "This illegal and unnecessary war is a grave mistake. Putin must stop it now."
"Ukrainians are standing up to authoritarianism and as parliamentarians united in this House today, and all Canadians, we stand with you. As friends, you can count on our unwavering and stedfast support."
Interim Conservative Leader Candice Bergen called Vladimir Putin a "war monger" and a "violent predator."
"Every day he tells the world lies and then he proceeds to kill innocent and vulnerable Ukrainians,… and while on his rampage he continues to threaten the world, saying if he doesn’t get his way he will use the worst extremes possible," Bergen said. "It’s sickening to watch. Putin must be brought to justice."
"We must do more, together with our allies to secure Ukraine's airspace. We need to protect, at a minimum, the airspace over the humanitarian corridors so that Ukrainians can seek safe passage away from the war zones and to allow humanitarian relief to reach those areas under siege."
Several Canadians took to social media to reflect and respond on Tuesday's historic address.
Watching President Zelensky address Canadian Parliament in Humanities today. Asking the students to consider how Canada balances economic and political risk alongside it’s support of peace, security and freedom across the world. pic.twitter.com/R3DzgCAXw2
— Kennedy Whitby (@kennedywhitby) March 15, 2022
Watching President Zelensky addressing Canadian Parliament and crying! "Can you imagine..." No, I can't imagine my beautiful Canada being bombed! My heart aches for Ukraine and all Ukrainians 💔💔💔 https://t.co/8bgFhukzkN
— 🐉🛒💚Nessie Stands With Ukraine 🇺🇦🌻🇺🇦💚🛒🐉 (@NessieShops) March 15, 2022
Holy shit Elizabeth May’s impassioned plea for peace, appeal to do more to help Ukrainians, and heartfelt invite to President Zelensky to come to Canada so we can look into his eyes and see if we are worthy to be his friend, brought me to tears! #democracy #zelensky pic.twitter.com/osO7TfeGaB
— ROSA PROIETTO (@proietto_rosa) March 15, 2022
A standing ovation in Canada’s #Parliament as we await an address by President #Zelensky of #Ukraine - at this moment I feel a deep sense of respect and awe for this hero of Ukrainian resistance against #Russia’s brutal aggression. #UkraineInvasion #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/dXuv2Qrbo0
— Thomas d'Aquino (@Thomas_dAquino) March 15, 2022