5 000 Ukrainian military were trained by Canadian servicemen, - Poroshenko

More than 160 snipers were qualified, 120 military were trained by the tactical medicine
20:14, 18 January 2018

RIA news

More than 5 000 military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were trained by the servicemen from Canada. Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine claimed this at Yavoriv proving ground as 112 Ukraine broadcasted.

'More than 5 000 Ukrainian military were trained by the Canadian officers; more than 160 snipers were qualified, 120 military were trained by the tactical medicine. Thanks to the practical support of our Canadian partners we continue to develop and modernize the potential of the Armed Forces of Ukraine', Poroshenko noted.

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He added that the military instructors from the Royal Canadian Regiment with their foreign and Ukrainian colleagues prepare to begin a new stage of the training of one more military detachment of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Canada sent 200 military instructors to Ukraine in 2015. They hold the studies with the Ukrainian servicemen at the Yavoriv and Kamianets-Podilsky proving grounds. They mandate was prolonged for many times.

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Earlier we reported that Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan said that the country’s government is looking for ways to expand its military assistance to Ukraine, one of the stages of which was opening access to the Canadian arms market.

Also, Canada is working on legislation that will lift the current ban on the sale of weapons to Ukraine

Related: Canada‘s Governor-General to visit Ukraine soon

This list (Automatic Firearms Country Control List) determines the countries in which Canada allows its domestic producers to supply weapons. Now it includes 35 countries, including Botswana, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Colombia, but there is no Ukraine. After the signing in early April of the "Agreement on Defense Cooperation between the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and the Ministry of National Defense of Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces", Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan stated that for Ukraine the opening of the Canadian arms market would be "the next step of cooperation." However, until now this has not happened.

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