Canada Announces Deployment of Military Instructors to Ukraine
18:19 14.04.2015(updated 18:44 14.04.2015)
Canada will deploy 200 troops to Ukraine untill March 31, 2017, according to official statement of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Canada will deploy 200 troops to Ukraine as part of a training mission, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Tuesday.
Canada's 200-man contingent will be based at Western Ukraine's city of Yavoriv, at the NATO Partnership for Peace Training and Education Centre, Harper elaborated in the statement.
The Canadians will reportedly provide Kiev troops with expertise in countering explosives, and give guidance on logistics, military policing, medical and flight safety training, starting this summer.
Additionally, Canada will provide Ukraine's National Guard with individual and unit tactics training.
The Canadian Armed Forces personnel will remain in the war-torn country until March 31, 2017 "on both a sustained and periodic basis depending on the type of training being conducted."
In late 2014, Canada's former defense minister, Rob Nicholson, suggested expanding cooperation with Kiev and sending Canadian military police officers to train their Ukrainian colleagues. The initiative was suspended in February amid escalating violence in eastern Ukraine.
The United States and the United Kingdom are providing Kiev forces with military training, as well as other non-lethal aid. The two countries sent military instructors to Ukraine in March for training sessions.
News of foreign training missions in Ukraine comes amid increasingly frustrating attempts to maintain the fragile ceasefire in the country between Kiev and pro-independence forces of the country's southeast, which came into force in February.
The conflict, which started in April 2014, has killed over 6,000 people, according to UN estimates.
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