The Canadian Government has announced plans to deliver a new support package to the Ukrainian Armed Forces to help them in their fight to defend sovereignty and territorial integrity of their country.
The government is set to contribute $1.2m to build additional capacity within the medical system of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence.
The announcement coincides with the delivery of individual tactical medical kits to 100 Ukrainian soldiers during a ceremony at a military base in Desna, north of Kyiv, Ukraine.
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson said: "Canada is closely monitoring the implementation of the Minsk Agreements.
"What we have seen so far are hundreds of attacks on Ukrainian Forces by Russian-backed forces, which is cause for serious concern.
"Canada commends the Ukrainian people for their courage and resilience in the face of Russian aggression, and we will continue to support Ukraine as it works toward its future as a secure, stable and prosperous democracy."
The country is supplying a total of 1,600 tactical medical kits and a mobile field hospital, as well as 30,000 sets of coats, trousers and ballistic eyewear, 70,000 pairs of cold and wet weather boots, 7,000 helmets, 2,300 protective vests, 300 first aid kits received by the Ukrainian soldiers over the past several months.
In addition Canada has delivered 100 tents, 735 sleeping bags and 238 night-vision goggles, alongside a two-day training programme that prepared Ukrainian troops to treat combat-related injuries using the Canadian medical kits.
The training was an initiative of Toronto’s Ukrainian World Congress and was provided by Patriot Defence, a Kyiv-based volunteer group.
The shipments form part of an $11m Canadian non-lethal military assistance package announced in November 2014.
Meanwhile, the country is also deploying nearly 200 Canadian Armed Forces personnel to Ukraine until 31 March 2017, to develop and deliver military training and capacity-building programmes for Ukrainian soldiers.
Image: Ukrainian soldiers wearing Canada-supplied uniforms receive their individual tactical medical kit from Canada’s Ambassador to Ukraine, Roman Waschuk. Photo: courtesy of Flickr album.