Canada sends plane with military aid to Ukraine

A Canadian Armed Forces plane, the C-177 Globemaster, carrying non-lethal military equipment has left for Ukraine, reports Ukrinform, referring to the Canadian Ministry of National Defense.

“This equipment includes personal protective and load-carrying equipment, as well as monitoring and detection equipment,” the statement read.

The department also added that a team of CAF members are accompanying the equipment “to assist with its integration and to ensure that Ukrainian security forces are properly trained in its operation and maintenance.”

“These CAF members will then remain in Ukraine to provide additional mentorship to Ukrainian security forces,” the department said.

As a reminder, since 2015, Canada has provided more than $23 million in non-lethal military equipment to Ukraine. This equipment included items such as: communications systems used for field operations, a mobile field hospital, and explosive ordnance disposal equipment.

Last week, Canada announced a three-year extension and significant expansion of the UNIFIER military training mission in Ukraine. Ottawa also promised to increase funding for development programs in Ukraine, strengthen intelligence cooperation and send non-lethal equipment. However, Justin Trudeau’s government has so far refrained from transferring weapons to Ukraine.