Ottawa (AFP) – February 15, 2022. 04:28
Canada Approves Sending Lethal Weapons to Ukraine Worth 7.8 Million Canadian Dollars
- Trudeau: This is in response to a specific request by Ukraine
- Trudeau: This support from Canada and other partners is intended to deter further Russian aggression
Canada has announced that it has agreed to send lethal weapons to Ukraine And gave Kiev 500 million Canadian dollars in loans to help it defend itself against any Russian aggression.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau During a press conference, “in light of the gravity of the situation and after dialogue with our partners in Ukraine, I agreed to supply them with lethal equipment and ammunition worth 7.8 million Canadian dollars.”
“This order responds to a specific request by Ukraine, and is a continuation of the non-lethal equipment that we previously provided,” he added, noting that “this support from Canada and other partners is intended to deter further Russian aggression.”
For days, the United States has confirmed that Russia may invade Ukraine “at any time”, while several countries have called on their citizens to leave Ukrainian territory as soon as possible.
Canadian Prime Minister: We will give Ukraine additional loans
Trudeau confirmed that Ottawa will grant additional loans to Ukraine, bringing the total amount announced since the beginning of the year to C$620 million ($490 million).
On Saturday, Canada announced the temporary closure of its embassy in Kiev and the transfer of its activities to an office in Lviv, in the west of the country, “due to the deteriorating situation, as well as the transfer of part of its military staff stationed in Ukraine to other places in Europe.”
About 200 Canadian soldiers are deployed in Ukraine since 2015 as part of the “Univers” mission, which aims to contribute to the training of Ukrainian forces.
For his part, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Monday that the decision of Western countries, including the United States and Canada, to move their embassies from Kiev to western Ukraine, was a “fatal mistake.”