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After two years, the House of Commons finally conquered their fears of Covid to gather together and exercise their responsibilities as elected representatives of Canadians. They gave Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy a 3 minute standing ovation after his extraordinary address. While this was going on, Putin put many of them on his blacklist. (Screencap: YouTube)

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For twelve minutes, a packed House of Commons in Ottawa heard Volodymyr Zelenskyy plead for the future of Ukraine as it was being bombarded by Russians troops.

“Can you imagine when you call your friends and nations and you ask to please close the sky, close the air space, please stop the bombing?” Zelenskyy asked in a Zoom address to Parliament on March 15. “How many more cruise missiles have to fall on our cities until you make this happen? And in return, they express their deep concerns about the situation … and they say, ‘Please hold on, hold on a little longer.'”

Urging his good friend Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government to go beyond the humanitarian aid, fiscal measures and hashtag campaigns provided thus far, Zelenskyy became the first public figure in living memory to explain to Canadians just how fortunate we have been to have peace with our neighbor.  

“Dear Justin, dear guests, can you imagine that every day you receive memorandums about the number of casualties, including women and children. You’ve heard about the bombings. Currently we have 97 children that died during this war. Can you imagine the famous CN Tower in Toronto, if it was hit by Russian bombs?

Each city that they are marching through, they’re taking down Ukrainian flags. Can you imagine someone taking down your Canadian flags in Montreal or other Canadian cities? I know that you will support Ukraine. We’ve been friends with you Justin, but also I would like you to understand, and I would like you to feel this, what we feel every day.”

While introducing Zelenskyy, Trudeau had recognized the leadership of his peer. “Volodymyr, in the years I’ve known you, I’ve always thought of you as a champion for democracy,” Trudeau said. “And now democracies around the world have you as our champion.”

The Ukrainian PM hearkened to that theme of defending democracy as he continued:

“We are part of the anti-war coalition, and jointly I’m sure that will achieve results. I would like to also ask our Ukrainian diaspora in Canada. This is a historical moment and we need your support, your practical support. We hope that with your practical steps you will show that you are part of more than Ukrainian history. Please remember, this is a practical modern day history of Ukraine. We want to live, we want to have peace.”

“I am grateful to every one of you in the Parliament of Canada who is present there, to every Canadian citizen,” Zelenskyy concluded. “I am very grateful to you, Justin. I am grateful to Canadian people, and I am confident that together we will overcome and will be victorious.”

In contrast to the closeness with Trudeau, the next day in his address to the US Congress, Zelenskyy chided President Joe Biden for failing to truly lead the free world and ensure victory over Russia and Vladimir Putin, who Biden denounced as a war criminal. The emotionally stirring video of the devastation to Ukranians that Zelensky played during his virtual address to Congress had a simple visual message: “close the sky over #Ukraine”.

“Remember Pearl Harbor… Remember September 11…” said Zelenskyy while evoking comparisons to the death and mayhem suffered on American soil. Focusing on air defense weapons (“We need S-300’s’),  he spoke directly at Biden: “We are fighting for the values of Europe and the world… You are the leader of the great nation. I wish you to be the leader of the world… (which) means to be the leader of peace.”

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An allocation of $6.4M was announced in Israel on March 14 to establish a field hospital in western Ukraine.

“Establishing a field hospital there, in Ukraine, is an initiative that not many countries are capable of taking on themselves,” Prime Minister Naftali Bennett stated. “The State of Israel has this capability and we are getting underway. This is important and I am pleased that we — the Health Ministry and the Foreign Ministry, with the assistance of the Finance Ministry — are leading it.”

The Bennett government also altered emigration policies for those fleeing Ukraine, after blistering criticism of the initial program. A particular class of refugee – those with relatives in Israel but without background documents to establish they can join them under the Law of Return – will not be counted towards the overall refugee number. The Israeli relatives will be required to take in their kin for 30-60 days.

The Israeli Minister of Diaspora Affairs was still critical of the plan to cap at 25,000 the total sum of refugees fleeing Ukraine to be accepted.

In a statement, Nachman Shai noted, “No other country has imposed limits on refugees. This framework is still problematic, and we are again restricting the arrival of refugees and making a distinction between those who have family in Israel and those who do not.”

Seen here chanting and straight-arm saluting, “Lebanon’s Antisemitic #Hezbollah fighters vow to send a unit to #Ukraine.” (Screencap: @terror_alarm)

In the first week of the invasion, the head of Ukraine’s National Security Council told Ukraine 24 TV that a group of Chechen assassins sent to kill President Zelensky were foiled. “The Kadyrov forces unit, which came to kill our President, was eliminated.”

A number of terrorism experts now believe that after the campaign to steamroll Ukraine bogged down, Putin has redoubled his approach to foreign mercenaries, and in particular Jihadists, to join the Russian invasion.

One is journalist John O’Sullivan, a former speechwriter for Margaret Thatcher with great institutional memory. He told Mark Steyn of GB News that Putin is “going around the world asking Jihadists and other revolutionary terrorists to come join the gangs because they are experienced in street fighting, in man-to-man fighting”, which is a likely outcome of Ukranian defences in Kyiv.

“He has to in some sense or other take it, or else withdraw… They have to have a hell of a lot more soldiers around Kyiv and in Ukraine than they now have,” he told Steyn, asserting “It’s a real problem for him. I don’t think it’s one that he expected at all.”

An independent Israeli media platform reported that Hezbollah vowed to send a unit from Lebanon to fight for Putin. Terror Alarm sources advised that “The Russian embassy in Beirut brokered the deal to convince #Hezbollah to send “Radwan” fighters to join Russian forces in “urban war in Ukrainian capital #Kyiv “.  Terror Alert provides “Counter-Terrorism and Military News from ירושלים – ישראל.”

Marty Gold is the Editor-in -Chief of TheJ.ca. Known for investigative reporting, he has specialized in covering municipal and provincial politics, and a wide range of sports and entertainment, in newspapers, magazines, online, and on his first love, radio. His business and consulting experience includes live events and sales, workplace safety, documentary productions, PR, and telecommunications in Vancouver, Los Angeles and across Canada, and as a contestant on CBC-TV Dragons Den.

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