Canadian soldiers to start training mission in Ukraine

1 September 2015 (Last Updated September 1st, 2015 18:30)

Canadian Armed Force (CAF) personnel have arrived in Ukraine to provide military training and capacity building to Ukrainian soldiers at the International Security and Peacekeeping Centre in Yavoriv.

CC-177 Globemaster aircraft

Canadian Armed Force (CAF) personnel have arrived in Ukraine to provide military training and capacity building to Ukrainian soldiers at the International Security and Peacekeeping Centre in Yavoriv.

Deployed as part of Operation Unifier, the Canadian soldiers will focus on teaching vital skills in partnership with the Ukrainian Armed Forces personnel over the next few months.

Canada Joint Task Force Ukraine commander lieutenant-colonel Jason Guiney said: "In short we're here to pass on our knowledge to our Ukrainian partners to ensure they have the skills to survive and thrive on the battlefield.

"Our soldiers are ready for this mission and we're looking forward to being in the field and working on the fundamentals of soldiering."

While the largest component of the mission includes the delivery of tactical training in Yavoriv, the programme also features other key elements such as working on more specialised training with Ukrainian troops across the country and in Canada.

One of the specialised training activities will comprise an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) and improvised explosive device disposal (IEDD) programme at the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence Demining Centre in Kamyanets-Podilsky.

"Our soldiers are ready for this mission and we're looking forward to being in the field."

During the EOD / IEDD programme, the Canadian engineers will collaborate with Ukrainian soldiers to enhance their existing counter improvised explosive device (C-IED) operations.

In June, Canada pre-deployed a team of eight EOD / IEDD specialists to liaise with their Ukrainian counterparts, observe training, and prepare training plans.

A C-IED training team leader said: "We are going to partner with the Ukraine to enhance the capability of their C-IED teams and build on the extensive and impressive skills they already have displayed during our short time here."

In addition to CAF personnel, the Canadian Military Police trainers are also delivering specialised courses on the use of force, as well as investigation techniques to the Ukrainian Military Police officers, outside the capital Kiev.


Image: Canadian soldiers step out from a CC-177 Globemaster aircraft at the Lviv International Airport in Ukraine. Photo: courtesy of Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces.