Canada’s defense minister said Canada’s non-lethal aid to Ukraine is underway.
Canada’s Non-lethal Aid for Ukraine departed on Thursday night, the federal government has confirmed.
Defense Minister Anita Anand posted on Twitter Friday a photo of a Royal Canadian Air Force C-177 Globemaster departing from Canadian Forces Base Trenton, west of Kingston, Ont.
Equipment sent to Ukraine included armor and cargo kits, binoculars, laser rangefinders, metal detectors and scopes. The government claims the donation will help Ukraine defend against Russia, which has an army of around 130,000 troops around the country’s borders.
“Today’s donation strengthens Canada’s support for Ukraine and will assist Ukraine in maintaining its sovereignty and security,” Anand said in a statement.
“Faced with Russia’s unwarranted aggression, Canada sided with Ukraine.”
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A team of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is putting together equipment for “integrated support” and training the Ukrainian military in their function and maintenance. They will remain in the country to provide further advisory support, according to the government.
The shipment was part of Canada’s Operation UNIFIER, which saw 200 Canadian soldiers train Ukrainian forces in the country. It was recently extended to 2025 and increased by 60 troops, with the option to add 200 more in the future.
Canada also lent Ukraine $120 million to support its economy.
However, there has been criticism that Canada is not doing enough to help Ukraine by not sending the weapons its government has requested.
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