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Department of National Defence Announces Yet More Aid to Ukraine
Minister of National Defence Anita Anand announced further contributions of military equipment to Ukraine, “as it fights for its sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence,” the Department of National Defence reported on March 3.
These contributions include: Canada’s intent to supply additional lethal aid to Ukraine, namely up to 4,500 M72 rocket launchers and up to 7,500 hand grenades; and a contribution of $1 million towards the purchase of commercial satellite high resolution and modern imagery that will be provided to Ukraine.
Since Sunday, February 27, Canada has also announced that it will supply: approximately 1,600 fragmentation vests; approximately 390,000 Individual Meal Packs; a commitment of at least 100 anti-armour weapons systems — Carl Gustav M2 recoilless rifles, as well as related accessories and scopes; 2,000 rounds of 84 mm ammunition; $25 million in non-lethal aid, which could include helmets, body armour, gas masks and night vision gear; and two C-130J tactical airlift aircraft and a team of 40-50 personnel to deliver aid and to support Canadian Armed Forces, as well as allied and partnered efforts in Europe.
In February 2022, the Government delivered approximately $10 million worth of military equipment — lethal and non-lethal — to Ukraine, which included surveillance and detection equipment, personal carriage and load carriage equipment, machine guns, pistols, carbines, 1.5 million rounds of ammunition and more.
The additional military equipment announced since Sunday, February 27 will be flown from Canada to an “allied” neighbouring country as soon as possible, from which final delivery to Ukraine will be coordinated.
“We will leave no stone unturned as we support Ukraine in the hours, days and weeks to come,” Anand said.
(TML Daily, posted March 5, 2022)