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Canada sending 200 trainers for Ukraine military


Troops to leave this summer for lower-risk operations at bases in western Ukraine

CBC News Posted: Apr 14, 2015 

Chief of Defence Staff Tom Lawson joined Prime Minister Stephen Harper Tuesday to announce a new deployment of 200 troops on a training mission to western Ukraine, joining American and British allies in support of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's combat forces.

Chief of Defence Staff Tom Lawson joined Prime Minister Stephen Harper Tuesday to announce a new deployment of 200 troops on a training mission to western Ukraine, joining American and British allies in support of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s combat forces. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)


After months of requests for military assistance from the Ukrainian government, Stephen Harper has announced Canada will join a training mission to help Ukraine’s beleaguered military in their struggle against Russian-backed rebels.

The prime minister made the announcement at a staged photo call at the defence department and took no questions. Defence Minister Jason Kenney and Chief of Defence Staff Tom Lawson faced reporters later.

A press release said 200 troops will be deployed «on both a sustained and periodic basis» until March 31, 2017, to «develop and deliver military training and capacity-building programs for Ukrainian forces personnel.» It’s intended to start this summer, the release says.

 

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