Up to 4,500 M72 rocket launchers and 7,500 hand grenades will be provided to Ukraine to support its fight against Russia, announced Canada’s Minister of National Defence on Thursday.
Additionally, a $1 million contribution towards purchasing commercial satellite high resolution and modern imagery will also be provided to Ukraine.
“In the face of Russian aggression, Canada is continuing to step up its military support for Ukraine. To that end, the Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence are working hard to deliver these new tranches of military equipment as quickly as possible. We will leave no stone unturned as we support Ukraine in the hours, days and weeks to come,” said Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence.
Since Sunday, Feb. 27, Canada has announced that it will also supply:
- Approximately 1600 fragmentation vests;
- Approximately 390,000 Individual Meal Packs;
- A commitment of at least 100 anti-armour weapons systems – Carl Gustav M2 recoilless rifles, as well as related accessories and scopes;
- 2000 rounds of 84 mm ammunition;
- $25 million in non-lethal aid, which could include helmets, body armour, gas masks and night vision gear; and
- Two C-130J tactical airlift aircraft and a team of 40-50 personnel to deliver aid and to support CAF, as well as allied and partnered efforts in Europe.
The additional equipment will be flown from Canada to an Allied neighbouring country as soon as possible, from which final delivery to Ukraine will be coordinated, according to a Department of National Defence press release.
Proud to Support Ukraine
“Canada is proud to support Ukraine and its people as they fight for freedom, for the right to choose their own future. We are inspired by their courage and will continue to work with our allies to impose severe costs to the Russian regime for their illegal invasion of Ukraine,” said Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs.