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Canada's prime minister on visit to Ukraine

  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with his son, Xavier, walks to lay flowers at a monument to the victims of the Great Famine in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, July 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with his son, Xavier, walks to lay flowers at a monument to the victims of the Great Famine in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, July 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, right, speaks to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a signing ceremony in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, July 11, 2016. Trudeau oversaw the signing of a free trade agreement with Ukraine on Monday after he and his son spent the morning commemorating the victims of mass atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis and Soviets. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, right, speaks to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a signing ceremony in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, July 11, 2016. Trudeau oversaw the signing of a free trade agreement with Ukraine on Monday after he and his son spent the morning commemorating the victims of mass atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis and Soviets. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)  (The Associated Press)

  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, second left,  review the honor guard during an official welcome ceremony ahead of their meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, July 11, 2016.  Trudeau on his first foreign visit in office is meeting with Ukraine's president for talks. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, second left, review the honor guard during an official welcome ceremony ahead of their meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, July 11, 2016. Trudeau on his first foreign visit in office is meeting with Ukraine's president for talks. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)  (The Associated Press)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is meeting with Ukraine's president for talks on his first visit to this country.

Ukrainian rolled out a red carpet for Trudeau at the welcome ceremony outside President Petro Poroshenko's office in central Kiev on Monday.

Canada is home to a sizeable Ukrainian minority and has been a key backer for Ukraine during the two-year separatist war in the east.

Trudeau and Poroshenko are expected to sign agreements on free trade and military cooperation.