Canadian troops heading to United Kingdom to train Ukrainian forces to fight Russia

Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, August 4, 2022 5:34AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, August 4, 2022 11:19AM EDT

OTTAWA – Defence Minister Anita Anand says Canada is sending military trainers to the United Kingdom to help teach Ukrainians how to fight invading Russian forces.

She says up to 225 members of the Canadian Armed Forces will eventually be based in the U.K. for an initial period of four months.

There they will work alongside counterparts from Britain, the Netherlands and New Zealand in training Ukrainian troops on the basics of soldiering.

In June, Ukraine reported that 10,000 of its soldiers had been killed since Russian forces invaded in February, with thousands more wounded and missing.

An earlier Canadian military training mission based in Ukraine was suspended only weeks before the invasion began.

That mission, which also included 225 Canadian military trainers, was launched in 2014 after Moscow annexed the Crimean peninsula and started supporting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

The federal government says the mission, known as Operation Unifier, helped train more than 30,000 Ukrainian soldiers before all Canadian troops were withdrawn ahead of Russia’s attack.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 4, 2022.