Canada will provide C$33 million ($24.5 million) to purchase air defense systems for Ukraine. This was reported by Reuters, citing a statement by Canadian Defense Minister Bill Blair.
It should be noted that arms purchases are handled by the International Fund for Ukraine, headed by the United Kingdom.
In his statement, Blair said the aid was part of $500 million in military aid for Ukraine announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in June.
Canada's contribution will go towards purchasing for Ukraine “hundreds of short- and medium-range anti-aircraft missiles and related systems necessary to protect Ukraine's critical national infrastructure.”
The Canadian Ministry of Defense recalled that the total amount of Canadian assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation is over 8 billion Canadian dollars, of which over 1.8 billion has been allocated to military assistance.
As part of this assistance, Canada has provided Ukraine with AIM-7 missiles, 155-mm and 105-mm artillery ammunition, Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks and an armored recovery vehicle, NASAMS anti-aircraft missile system with munitions, 39 armored combat support vehicles, anti-tank weapons, small arms, M777 howitzers and ammunition, high-resolution cameras for drones, winter clothing, etc.
Since 2015, the Canadian Armed Forces have been training soldiers and officers of the Ukrainian Army at the Yavoriv training ground in the Lviv Oblast as part of Operation Unifier, but in early February 2022 they decided to transfer their troops to other countries in Europe. Earlier, Ottawa said Canadian military instructors planned to stay in Ukraine as part of Operation Unifier until 2025.
According to Defense Minister Anita Anand, Canadian instructors have trained over 35,000 Ukrainian soldiers since 2015, and this process continues in the UK and Poland.
In November 2022, Canada announced additional military aid to Ukraine for $500 million. On December 2, Canada sent 500 pieces of winter clothing to Ukraine for the Ukrainian military and plans to send 40 armored combat support vehicles.
At the beginning of December last year, Canada introduced sanctions against Russia, Iran, and Burma due to alleged human rights violations by their governments. Among the representatives of the Russian Federation, sanctions covered 33 current or former high-ranking Russian officials and six organizations involved in the alleged systematic violation of the rights of Russians protesting against the invasion of Ukraine.
Right now, Ukraine has almost completed the renovation of energy systems and is ready for the heating season, but in winter it is nessesary to defense of key electricity supply points.