The number of Canadian military instructors in Ukraine will be increased to almost 250 people. This is stated in the message of the Ministry of National Defense of Canada.
It notes that an additional team of 48 instructors will come to Ukraine, representing the infantry, artillery and armored units of the Armed Forces of Canada.
The agency added that the enhanced team will stay in this Eastern European country for up to 60 days.
"The increase in the number of instructors of the Armed Forces of Canada demonstrates our continued support for Ukraine and its people, this assistance is a continuation of [our government's] policy and will contribute to Ukraine's efforts to maintain its sovereignty, security and stability," National Defense Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan said.
Since 2015, within the framework of the Canadian Forces Unifier operation, about 200 Canadian military instructors are permanently stationed in Ukraine. They are engaged in training soldiers and officers of the Ukrainian army at the Yavorovsky test range in the Lvov region. In March 2017, their mission was extended until March 31, 2019. The Canadian Defense Ministry earlier said that the Unifier operation is not a combat mission, it is aimed at training soldiers and officers of the Ukrainian army in combat tactics, military logistics, as well as skills such as first aid to the wounded.
In addition, on April 3 of last year in Ottawa the Ministers of Defense of Canada and Ukraine, Harjit Singh Sajjan and Stepan Poltorak signed an agreement on cooperation between the two countries in the field of defense. As explained then by the Canadian Defense Ministry, the agreement, in particular, provides for the training of soldiers in tactics, shooting and survival in combat conditions, training of military police, training of evacuating the wounded and providing first aid, language training, and upgrading the logistics system.
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