“The ‘Stand Up For Ukraine’ campaign seeks to mobilize governments, institutions, artists, businesses and individuals to provide funds to support humanitarian efforts in Ukraine and neighboring countries,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office said in a statement. press release co-signed with European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen.
The two leaders said they were responding to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s call on April 9 to hold a “massive demonstration… on social media in support of those forced to flee Ukraine”.
The initiative by the European Commission and the government of Canada was carried out in collaboration with the NGO Global Citizen.
It will culminate in a “donor conference hosted on 9 April by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, which aims to raise funds and mobilize broader support” for Ukrainian refugees and internally displaced persons.
Nearly 3.8 million people have fled Ukraine, mostly to Poland, since the February 24 invasion by Russian troops, according to the United Nations, which puts the number of refugees in Ukraine at nearly 6.5 million.
In total, around ten million people, more than a quarter of the population, had to flee their homes.
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