This afternoon the Canadian Armed Forces updated the information regarding Op UNIFIER.
“In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic both at home and abroad, and the suspension of non-critical activities on CAF deployed operations, there will be a reduction in the number of personnel departing in early April on Op UNIFIER. The need for additional personnel to deploy into theatre will be reassessed as the situation evolves,” stated the information on the CAF website.
The write up continued, “where an estimated 200 CAF members were scheduled to deploy, now approximately 60 members will relieve the current rotation (ROTO 8) of personnel following the completion of their six-month deployment.”
“Every measure will be taken to ensure the health and safety of CAF deploying personnel to Ukraine, as we are currently doing so with deployed CAF members under Op UNIFIER.
“These members will maintain essential and mission-critical activities with our allied, partner and host nations, and maintain coordination and planning activities for future training and exercises, concluded the update.”
Since January 2014, the Government of Canada has announced more than $700 million in additional help for Ukraine. This funding is for a broad range of projects to:
- Strengthen security
- Promote economic stability and growth
- Advance democracy, human rights and the rule of law
- Promote a civil society
For more information on Op Unifier, visit the website here.
Above image: Op UNIFIER team supports British counterparts in Op ORBITAL offering training to Security Forces of Ukraine at Denipro, Ukraine on June 18, 2019. Photo by: Aviator Stéphanie Labossière Joint Task Force-Ukraine