Canadian military’s special operations members helping train Ukrainians: sources

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Canadian Special Operations Command’s elite Canadian operators are involved in a recently announced plan to train Canadian military members to train Ukrainian recruits in the UK against Russia, multiple sources tell Granthshala News.

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Defense Minister Anita Anand announced the training plan on Thursday, describing it as a fulfillment of a pledge made by the Canadian government when it halted the Operation Unifier training mission in Ukraine shortly before the Russian offensive earlier this year. was.

Sources told Granthshala News that members of the Canadian Special Operations Command will assist with that training, as well as facilitate the delivery of weapons and equipment.

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Granthshala News is not identifying which units are involved because of operational safety concerns.

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Canadian Special Operations Command did not deny the operation, but declined to comment when contacted by Granthshala News. In an interview, Anand also did not rule out operations.

“In terms of the special forces and their location and information along those lines, it would be unwise for me to provide this information,” she said in an interview Thursday with Granthshala News.

“These are very sensitive matters and I take my role as Canada’s Minister of National Defense very seriously, which includes the safety and security of our troops across the board. And so I will leave it there.”

The New York Times previously reported the presence of some Canadian Special Operations members in Ukraine, but their role and presence had not yet been confirmed by any Canadian media.

The training rotation will see 225 Canadian Forces members stationed in the UK over the next four months, with the first group of instructors departing next week.

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They will train Ukrainian recruits about frontline combat and the rules of war under international law, with Anand calling the training program “comprehensive”.

The Canadian Press also reported Thursday that training support will focus on teaching Ukrainians how Canada used four M777 howitzers earlier this year, as well as cyber support through Canada’s electronic espionage agency, the Communications Security Establishment. .

Anand said on Thursday that the world is now entering “a new and very dangerous phase of this conflict” as Russian President Vladimir Putin seeks to do “long-term damage” to Ukraine.


Source: globalnews.ca

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