Canada Announces Additional Military Aid To Ukraine, Including Delivery Of 12 Missiles
Canada will also donate over 1,800 rounds of 105mm tank training ammunition in addition to the Leopard 1 tanks pledged by Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands
Canada's Defence Minister, Anita Anand has announced additional military assistance to Ukraine.
Anand said in a statement issued by the Defence Ministry on Wednesday that Canada will donate nearly 8,000 rounds of 155mm ammunition as well as 12 air defence missiles sourced from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) inventory to sustain the air defence systems currently deployed in Ukraine.
She also stated that Canada will donate more than 1,800 rounds of 105mm tank training ammunition to supplement the donations of Leopard 1 tanks announced by Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands.
She also confirmed that the CAF began shipments of the additional Leopard 2 main battle tanks pledged by Canada at the end of February, according to the Xinhua news agency.
In total, Canada has committed eight Leopard 2 main battle tanks to Ukraine. According to the statement, all eight tanks, as well as the previously announced armoured recovery vehicle, ancillary equipment, and ammunition donated by Canada, are expected to arrive in Ukraine in the coming weeks.
Since February 2022, Canada has committed more than 200 Senator commercial pattern armoured vehicles, a National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System with associated munitions, 39 armoured combat support vehicles, and anti-tank weapons to Ukraine.
CAF personnel are currently deployed to the United Kingdom and Poland to assist with training members of Ukraine's Armed Forces as part of Operation UNIFIER, Canada's military training and capacity-building mission in support of Ukraine's Armed Forces.
According to the Canadian Defence Ministry, the CAF has trained over 35,000 members of Ukraine's Security Forces since the start of Operation UNIFIER in 2015.