Canada Sending Non-Lethal Military Supplies to Ukraine

By Loriggio, Paola | The Canadian Press, August 7, 2014 | Go to article overview

Canada Sending Non-Lethal Military Supplies to Ukraine


Loriggio, Paola, The Canadian Press


Canada sending military supplies to Ukraine

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TRENTON, Ont. - Canada is sending non-lethal military equipment to Ukraine to help the country protect its eastern border against Russian aggression, Defence Minister Rob Nicholson said Thursday.

Nicholson made the announcement at a military base in Trenton, Ont., where a CC-130J Hercules plane loaded with "non-kinetic military equipment" was set to take off for the first in a series of military transport flights.

"(Russian President Vladimir) Putin's failure to end his support to armed rebel groups constitutes a real threat to international peace and security," Nicholson said. "Canada will not stand by in the face of this threat."

Helmets, ballistic eyewear, protective vests, first aid kits, tents and sleeping bags are among the supplies being flown to Ukrainian troops. The "logistic equipment" will allow Ukrainian forces to better detect and track the movement of illicit goods and people, Nicholson said.

"Ukraine has asked for this and once again we are delivering," he said. "The Putin regime has not provided any indication they are prepared to respect Ukraine's territorial integrity or use their control over Russian-backed agents to end the violence in Ukraine."

Ukrainian ambassador Vadym Prystaiko said his country was "very grateful" to Canada for its support.

"We will be using this equipment to end war as fast as possible," he said. "We will be able to save more lives, both troops and civilians, and even the separatists themselves."

Canada's contribution was announced just hours after NATO's secretary general told leading officials in Ukraine that the military alliance stood ready to support the country with advisers and assistance. …

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