Russia-Ukraine crisis: Canada sent special forces to Ukraine

OTTAWA, ($1=1.25 Canadian Dollars) – A small contingent of Canadian special forces has been sent to Ukraine to help the Ukrainian military counter the threats from Russia, learned, citing the Canadian Global News agency and its sources.

Canadian Special Forces units “will be stationed in Ukraine amid growing tensions between the NATO-Russia military alliance,” the channel said.

These actions are “because diplomatic negotiations aimed at preventing armed conflict in Ukraine have failed and about 100,000 Russian troops remain on the border with Ukraine,” the report said.

It also states that the task of the unit is also to develop plans for the evacuation of Canadian diplomatic staff from Ukraine “in the event of a full-scale invasion.”

According to media reports, a spokesman for the Special Operations Forces Command said he could not confirm the report, but noted that support for the Ukrainian security forces has been provided periodically since the autumn of 2020.

Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly arrived in Kyiv on a two-day visit the day before.

According to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, “the leaders of Ukrainian and Canadian diplomats will hold talks whose key topics will be countering Russian aggression, consolidating further steps to contain the Russian Federation and strengthening Ukraine’s security sector.”

On Monday, Joly already met with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmihal.


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