Canada says it will send thousands of rounds of combat and training ammunition and air defense missiles to Ukraine in the coming weeks.
Canada’s Defense Minister Anita Anand said in a statement on Wednesday that Ottawa “stands firm with Ukraine in the fight against Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable war.”
“We are strengthening our collaboration with our Allies and partners and are continuing to respond to Ukraine’s military needs with comprehensive military aid,” she added.
Anand said the country will “donate approximately 8,000 rounds of 155mm ammunition, as well as 12 air defense missiles sourced from Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) inventory, to sustain the air defense systems currently deployed in Ukraine.”
Moreover, more than 1,800 rounds of 105mm training ammunition for Leopard tanks will also be sent to Ukraine, she said.
The defense minister also confirmed that the military had started the shipments of the additional Leopard 2 main battle tanks pledged by Canada at the end of February.
Canada has committed eight Leopard 2 main battle tanks to Ukraine in total.
Four of the tanks have already arrived in Poland, a main entry point for weapons to Ukraine and a training site for Ukrainian forces.
“All eight Leopard 2 main battle tanks, as well as the previously announced armored recovery vehicle, ancillary equipment, and ammunition donated by Canada, are expected to be in Ukraine in the coming weeks,” Anand said.
According to the Canadian Defense Ministry, the country’s armed forces “are currently deployed to both the United Kingdom and Poland to assist with the training of members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.”
Back in 2015, Canada launched a training operation in Ukraine, known as UNIFIER, at the request of the Ukrainian government. Since the start of the operation, Canadian armed forces have trained over 35,000 Ukrainian military and security personnel in battlefield tactics and advanced military skills. In 2022, the operation was expanded and extended until March 2025.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has committed over $1 billion in military aid to Ukraine since the start of the war in Ukraine in February last year.
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