Crimea and the Donbass region are «part and parcel of Ukraine» insisted newly-elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday.
Speaking at the Ukraine Reform Conference in Toronto, the comedian-turned-politician argued that resolving the territorial dispute with Russia is «the only guarantee of a peaceful world».
«Peace and peaceful situation is something that a country should provide... Еще for citizens. Without peace, all of the other positive changes are secondary,» stated Zelensky.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose government is hosting the event, said: «A strong, stable Ukraine is not only important for Canada, it is important for the entire world.»
Canada has offered military, financial and political assistance to Ukraine since the Euromaidan revolution of 2014, which led to a dispute with neighbours Russia.
The three-day reform conference will see representatives from 30 countries participating as well as representatives from major international institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.