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Canada decided to give Ukraine $ 50 million annually for 5 years, - ambassador

Most of the money should go for technical assistance, about $ 10-12 million - for security sector operations
17:29, 29 July 2018

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The Government of Canada has decided to grant Ukraine $ 50 million over the next five years. This was announced by the Ambassador of Ukraine in Canada, Andriy Shevchenko.

"A new aid package for Ukraine in the amount of about 50 million has been decided to grant annually over the next 5 years (35 million - technical assistance, 5 million - humanitarian aid, 10-12 million - operations in the security sector.) This is not taking into account the large military mission UNIFIER, which is funded from the budget of the Canadian Defense Ministry," said Andriy Shevchenko.

According to him, for Ukraine it is important that this is the first large-scale package approved by the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government.

Russia violated international law by annexing Crimea. This is stated in a document published on the website of the Government of Canada.

"Canada reaffirms its continued commitment to the territorial integrity of Ukraine and condemns the actions taken by Russia to forcibly integrate the Crimean Peninsula into Russia, including through the opening in May 2018 of a bridge across the Kerch Strait," the statement said.

In Canada, they recalled the "serious violations of human rights" in the occupied Crimea. Including, it is a question of suppression of a freedom of speech, arrests, tortures and detention.

In addition, the Canadian government called for the release of all illegally detained Ukrainian citizens.

Earlier, Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan,
Minister of National Defense of Canada claimed that Canada continues to support Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression. He claimed this after his visit to Latvia, according to Ukrinform. 

'Canadian support of Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression is unwavering,' the Minister noted.

Harjit Sajjan added that together with the partners are working on the development of safe, successive and democratic Ukraine. He noted that Canada had provided the Ukrainian Armed Forces with non-lethal military equipment costing over 16 million dollars. 

'Our commitment isn't limited only by training soldiers. As part of a comprehensive support of Ukraine, Canada provided the Armed Forces of Ukraine non-lethal military equipment costing over 16 million dollars, and more equipment will be provided by the of March of 2019,' he said.

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