CAF to train Ukrainian battalion

Medics observe as soldiers practice first aid on a dummy on snowy ground.
Canadian Armed Forces medics observe Ukrainian soldiers who practice combat first aid skills during a dry-fire exercise near Starychi, Ukraine during Operation UNIFIER in late November 2017. Photo: Capt Thomas Edelson

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As part of Canada’s ongoing commitment to support Ukraine, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) will temporarily increase the number of trainers in the country in order to assist in the training of a Battalion Tactical Group of Ukrainian troops.

CAF members arrived at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre in Starychi, Ukraine in late January. This represents the largest Canadian contingent since the start of Operation UNIFIER to help train and mentor the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

“This increase of CAF trainers demonstrates Canada’s enduring commitment to Ukraine and the Ukrainian people. This training assistance builds on previous support by our Government and will bolster Ukraine’s efforts to maintain its sovereignty, security, and stability,‎” said Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence.

Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, ensures the CAF is prepared to engage in capacity building to support the security of other nations and their ability to contribute to security abroad. By participating in this training mission, the CAF is helping to develop the professionalism and modernization of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, supporting Ukrainian aspirations to achieve military compatibility with NATO by 2020.

Since August 2015, the CAF has deployed approximately 200 CAF personnel on a rotating basis to Ukraine and will continue to do so until the end of March 2019. More than 5 000 Armed Forces of Ukraine candidates have participated in the training.

Under Operation UNIFIER, the CAF is working with our US allies in providing military training and capacity building to the Armed Forces of Ukraine personnel to support Ukraine in its efforts to maintain sovereignty, security, and stability.

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