​Canada Set to Extend UNIFIER Military Training Mission and to Supply Ukraine with Defense Weapons

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Approximately 200 Canadian Armed Forces personnel were deployed to Ukraine in June 2020 to provide tactical-level training to Ukraine's security forces / Photo credit: facebook.com/CAFinUkraine
Approximately 200 Canadian Armed Forces personnel were deployed to Ukraine in June 2020 to provide tactical-level training to Ukraine's security forces / Photo credit: facebook.com/CAFinUkraine

Canadian federal government is set to extend Canada’s military training mission in Ukraine for another six months. It is now considering increasing the number of instructors and sending defense weapons and equipment to Kyiv

That’s according to the Globe and Mail, citing its own sources in the Canadian government, Ukrinform reports.

Canada set to extend UNIFIER military training mission and to supply Ukraine with defense weapons, Defense Express
CAF training is one part of Canada’s broader support to Ukraine

It is noted that this implies a possible delivery of firearms, night vision goggles, helmets, bulletproof vests, and communication devices to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Read more: Canada Weighs Bolstering its Security Aid to Ukraine as Fears Grow over Impending Russian Incursion

The possibility of providing intelligence and cybersecurity data is also being explored, the report adds.

Canada set to extend UNIFIER military training mission and to supply Ukraine with defense weapons, Defense Express
About 200 Canadian troops are stationed in central and western Ukraine, as part of Operation UNIFIER / Photo credit: facebook.com/CAFinUkraine

At the same time, the sources noted that Canada sending Ukraine anti-tank weapons was off the table at the moment despite Britain going for such a move in the past days.

It should be recalled that about 200 Canadian troops are stationed in central and western Ukraine, as part of Operation UNIFIER. The mission’s headquarters is located at the Yavoriv base.

Canada set to extend UNIFIER military training mission and to supply Ukraine with defense weapons, Defense Express
Canada set to extend UNIFIER military training mission and to supply Ukraine with defense weapons, Defense Express
Canada set to extend UNIFIER military training mission and to supply Ukraine with defense weapons, Defense Express
Overseas Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly visits the worldwide coaching centre of the Ukrainian Nationwide Guard within the village of Stare in Kyiv area on Jan. 19. Ms. Joly’s go to was a present of Canada’s solidarity amid rising fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine / Photo credit: facebook.com/CAFinUkraine

The mandate of the current UNIFIER mission expires in March. If it isn’t extended by that period, the Canadian military will have to leave Ukraine.

Yesterday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada was working on potential sanctions for Russia if it invades its neighbour, and accused Moscow of looking for “excuses” to invade. U.S. President Joe Biden yesterday predicted that Russia will invade Ukraine, saying, “My guess is (Russian President Vladimir Putin) will move in.”

Canada set to extend UNIFIER military training mission and to supply Ukraine with defense weapons, Defense Express
Operation UNIFIER is the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) mission to support the Security Forces of Ukraine. The operation’s focus is to assist with security force training

As reported, against the background of military escalation by Russia, Canada’s spec-ops unit had been deployed in Ukraine. This contingent is part of the Canadian Special Operations Regiment, Global News reports citing its own sources in the Canadian government

As Defense Express reported, Ukrainian and US intelligence indicates Russia preparing operation to justify invasion of Ukraine. At the same time USA approves additional $200 mln in security aid to Ukraine and together with NATO alliance members working over supplying Stinger missiles to Ukraine in addition to the American military assistance that is already flowing to Kyiv.

Read more: ​Facing Russia’s Threat: Canadian Special Forces Operators Deployed in Ukraine (video)