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Canada extends its military training mission in Ukraine
10:30, 7 March 2017
Canada extends its military training mission in Ukraine

Canadian Armed Forces will continue to support the professional development and enhance the capabilities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, - Harjit S. Sajjan

10:30, 7 March 2017

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Minister of National Defence of Canada Harjit S. Sajjan, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland announced today that the Government of Canada is extending Operation UNIFIER, the Canadian Armed Forces military training mission in Ukraine, until the end of March 2019. This was stated in the message on the official site of Canadian Government.

Through Operation UNIFIER, the Canadian Armed Forces provides military training and capacity-building assistance to Ukrainian Forces personnel in support of Ukraine’s efforts to maintain sovereignty, security, and stability, according to the message.

"Together with our allies and the Government of Ukraine, the Canadian Armed Forces will continue to support the professional development and enhance the capabilities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces through a range of training activities such as: small team training, explosive ordnance disposal, military policing, medical training, logistics system modernization. The Canadian Armed Forces will also be transitioning over time to support strategic institutional reform of Ukraine’s defense establishment.," the message says.

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"Operation UNIFIER supports broader Government of Canada efforts to advance democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Ukraine through development, financial, humanitarian, and non-lethal military assistance," it was also stated.

Earlier it was reported that Canada’s Defense Ministry sent 200 military instructors to Ukraine. Training of military officers of the Ukrainian Army will take place on Yavorivskyi and Kamianets-Podilskyi proving grounds.

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