Canadian Defence Minister Anita Anand has confirmed the government’s decision to deliver military assistance worth over $34.04m (C$47m) to help Ukraine secure its sovereignty.
The announcement was made at the Ukraine Defense Contact Group (UDCG) meeting in Belgium, wherein nearly 50 nations pledged more air defence, among other assistance.
Canada will provide Ukraine with 155mm artillery rounds, fuses, charge bags for M777 howitzer artillery guns, and other equipment from the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) stock, totalling $11.01m (C$15.2m).
Drone cameras, worth $11.08m (C$15.3m), and satellite communications services to the Ukraine government and non-government partners, valued at $1.44m (C$2m), are also part of the latest aid package.
Canada will also deliver winter clothing worth $10.86m (C$15m) that will be sourced from local companies, apart from 100,000 pieces to be supplied from the CAF inventory.
Minister Anand said: “Through the Ukraine Defense Contact Group and on a bilateral basis, I remain in close contact with my colleague, Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov, to understand Ukraine’s most pressing defence needs.
“Canada will continue to stand with Ukraine in the short and long term.”
At the contact group meeting, the Netherlands announced the delivery of missiles, worth nearly €15m, to strengthen Ukraine’s air and missile defence capabilities.
The missiles will be fired with an air and missile defence system supplied to Ukraine by one of the allies.
Joining forces in this regard, German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht confirmed the delivery of the first IRIS-T air defence system to Ukraine.
The Minister said three more systems will be sent next year.
Ukrainian Minister of Defence Oleksii Reznikov said in a Twitter post: “A new era of air defence has begun in Ukraine. IRIS-Ts from Germany are already here. US NASAMS are coming. This is only the beginning. And we need more. No doubt that Russia is a terrorist state.”
Addressing the latest meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group, US Defense Secretary Lloyd J Austin III said: “I expect that Ukraine will continue to do everything it can throughout the winter to regain its territory and to be effective on the battlefield.
“And we’re going to do everything we can to make sure that they have what’s required to be effective.”