The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) has temporarily increased its presence in Ukraine to assist in the training of a Battalion Tactical Group of Ukrainian troops.
The new team comprises of 48 CAF members from infantry, artillery, armoured and logistical corps, increasing Canada’s overall presence in the country to approximately 240 personnel.
This represents the largest Canadian contingent to deploy to Ukraine under Operation UNIFIER.
“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.
CAF personnel arrived at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre in Starychi, Ukraine this week for the training. Training provided by Canadian soldiers builds the foundation for a more professionalized and modernized Ukrainian Armed Forces. The goal is for Ukraine to achieve military compatibility with NATO by 2020.
Since the beginning of Operation UNIFIER in Aug. 2015, the CAF has deployed more than 200 members, on a rotating basis, and has trained more than 5,000 Ukrainian soldiers.
The duration of the temporary increase to the training team is approximately 60 days.