Canada is extending the mission to train Ukrainian troops for three years and intends to scale it up, said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Thus, another 60 representatives of the Canadian Armed Forces will go to Ukraine, which will replenish the contingent of 200 military personnel.
In addition, Ottawa will supply Kyiv with non-lethal weapons as part of a 340 million Canadian dollar (about EUR 239 million) aid, as well as share intelligence and provide support in the fight against cyber attacks, Deutsche Welle reports.
Canadian Minister of National Defense Anita Anand will visit Latvia and Ukraine in the coming days. According to her, Canada has already trained over 30,000 Ukrainian troops.
A day earlier, the Canadian authorities decided to temporarily take home the family members of employees of their embassy in Kiev. The decision was made in light of the growing presence of Russian forces near Ukraine.
Since the beginning of the summer of 2021, Russia has deployed about 100 thousand military personnel to the annexed Crimea and to the border with Ukraine, explaining that it is conducting military exercises. Western leaders fear that Moscow is preparing for war, but the Kremlin has denied plans for such an operation.
The January series of talks between Russia and the United States, NATO and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe did not bring any results. The West is calling on Moscow to withdraw troops from the Ukrainian border and is threatening unprecedented sanctions. Russia, in turn, accuses Western countries of arming Ukraine and conducting maneuvers near the borders of the Russian Federation.