Canada allowed the sending of its military to Ukraine, but at a distance from the contact line

Canada may take part in military exercises in Ukraine, but its troops will not participate in combat operations. This statement was made by Canadian Defense Minister Bill Blair, emphasizing that Canadian forces can perform certain tasks by training the Ukrainian military, but will be far from the front line. This decision was made against the backdrop of an agreement between Kiev and Ottawa to conduct military exercises on Ukrainian territory under favorable conditions. Blair stressed that the presence of Canadian troops in Ukraine should not be perceived as the country's participation in hostilities.

Canada has experience collaborating with Ukraine through the Unifighter program, during which the Canadian military trained Ukrainian colleagues and provided security support for diplomatic missions. However, after the outbreak of active hostilities, the program was curtailed. The minister stressed that Canada will continue to support Ukraine, but will strictly observe precautions to avoid direct participation in the conflict.


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