Starting January 10 and till the end of the month, the first group of approximately 200 Canadian Army soldiers from 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (5 CMBG), will be deploying to Ukraine for Operation UNIFIER, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the National Defence of Canada.
They will be relieving their counterparts from 2 CMBG, who will be returning home throughout January, having completed military training activities in support of Canada’s response to requests for assistance from the Government of Ukraine.
Operation UNIFIER is Canada’s contribution to support Ukrainian forces through capacity building, in coordination with the U.S. and other countries providing similar training assistance. Military assistance is one component of Canada’s support to Ukraine across development, security, democracy, and humanitarian aid.
According to the operation tasks, trainings will focus on so-called small team training, which consists of individual weapons training, marksmanship, moving, communication, survival, and ethics training.
Other training activities will include:
- explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) and improvised explosive device disposal (IEDD) training;
- military police training consisting of Use of Force and Basic Investigative Techniques courses;
- medical training that provides casualty evacuation and combat first aid training;
- flight safety and language training;
- reconnaissance and mechanized operations training; and
- logistics system modernization.
Beside the military assistance, the Government of Canada has announced more than $700 million in additional assistance to Ukraine, including a broad range of initiatives to strengthen security, promote economic stability and growth, advance democracy, human rights, rule of law, and to promote a civil society.
Canada’s assistance to Ukraine includes the purchase and shipment of non-lethal military equipment. This includes the ongoing process of procuring and shipping specialized equipment such as tactical communications systems, a mobile field hospital, explosive ordnance disposal equipment, tactical medical kits, and night vision goggles. This type of equipment is helping to enhance the capabilities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.