Canada to Send 200 Non-Combat Soldiers to Train Ukrainian Soldiers

Canada has announced to send 200 Canadian military personnel in order to assist Ukrainian soldiers fighting against pro-Russia rebels in a non-combat role in the eastern areas of the country. PM Harper announced the two-year mission earlier today in response to the Ukraine government’s request to NATO for additional assistance.

In an official statement, Prime Minister Stephen Harper alleged that “Canada continues to stand with the people of Ukraine in the face of the Putin regime’s ongoing aggression” and “The Canadian military contribution being announced today will help Ukrainian forces personnel to better defend their country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” The officials explained that the Canadian military personnel will train Ukrainian soldiers in explosive device disposal, military policing, medicine, flight safety and logistics. Furthermore, the Ukrainian National Guard will receive individual and unit tactics training. According to the announcement, the training is set to start this summer and will commence in Yavoriv in western Ukraine near the Polish border.  Moreover, Ottawa has vowed to send 22 Harris high-frequency radios, 238 pairs of night vision goggles, 1,134 tactical medical kits, a mobile field hospital structure, and explosive ordinance disposal equipment.

Canada has placed Russian entities, corporations and individuals under a number of economic sanctions in order to pressure them. A statement by Harper once read that “the collective sanctions imposed to date by Canada and its partners are putting real economic pressure on the Putin regime and its collaborators” because “the cost to Russia will continue to rise if it persists in its escalation of the conflict and refuses to allow a peaceful resolution.”

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