Thirty Edmonton-based members of 3rd Canadian Division’s 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (CMBG) flew from Edmonton International Airport early Thursday, Edmonton Journal wrote.
CMBG commander Colonel William Fletcher said training will cover everything from small unit tactics to linguistics while also “imparting some professionalism and Canadian expertise to Ukrainians.”
“There is no doubt they are brave, obviously they have been fighting an extended counter insurgency battle, but what we are doing is bringing the professionalism, experience and skill sets that Canadians are known for across the world,” Fletcher said.
Major Geoff Tyrell, being deployed in Ukraine as a member of 1 Service Battalion, said it is important that Canadian Armed Forces continue to work with “a number of allies and partners in that part of the world” so as to “remain interoperable with them and show them we support their own interests.”
“Like any modern army we find the more we interoperate with our partners and allies the more experience we gain from it,” he said.
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