Canada joins ranks of countries sending Ukraine lethal military aid
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that Ottawa will lend Ukraine CAD 500 million ($393 million) and send CAD 7.8 million ($6.1 million) worth of lethal military aid, Canadian news outlet CPAC reported on Feb. 15.
“After talks with our Ukrainian partners, considering the worsening situation (around Ukraine’s borders), I approved a shipment of lethal weapons and ammunition for Ukraine, worth 7.8 million (Canadian) dollars,” said Trudeau.
He added that “it’s important to know that Canada will continue to support Ukraine, its independence, integrity, sovereignty, and the right to defend itself.”
Earlier, Canada’s Defense Ministry announced that some Canadian military advisors in Ukraine would be temporarily relocated to another country.
The number and base of operations of the remaining Canadian military personnel in Ukraine remain undisclosed.
Similarly, the Canadian embassy in Ukraine will, for a time, operate from Lviv in western Ukraine, as opposed to the capital city of Kyiv.
Currently, there are approximately 140,000 Russian troops surrounding Ukraine, from Russia, Belarus, and the temporarily occupied territories.
The Kremlin denies gearing up for invasion, and has instead accused Ukraine of planning false flag operations, as well as of drawing up plans to use force to restore Kyiv’s control over territories lost since 2014.
However, the Kremlin has declined to provide a guarantee of non-invasion, and has supplied no evidence of this alleged planned Ukrainian offensive.
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