Canada to send an additional $28.8 Million in Military aid to Ukraine
Canada has confirmed 39 million Canadian dollars ($28.8 million) of additional military aid for Ukraine to defend against the Russian invasion.
The package was announced by Canadian Defence Minister Anita Anand during the eleventh Ukraine Defense Contract Group meeting at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
Around 34.6 million Canadian dollars ($25.5 million) of the assistance will be contributed to the NATO Ukraine Comprehensive Assistance Package Trust Fund for 3.3 million liters of fuel, modular floatation bridges, and first aid kits.
A further 2.5 million Canadian dollars ($1.8 million) will go to Winnipeg-based PGW Defence Technologies to provide Ukrainian warfighters with 40 .50-caliber sniper rifles, ammunition, parts, and accessories.
Two million Canadian dollars ($1.5 million) has been allocated for 16 L3Harris radio sets to complement Canada’s tank donations.
Leopard 2 Main Battle Tanks Complete
During the meeting, Anand confirmed that all eight planned Leopard 2 main battle tanks for Ukraine had been delivered to Poland.
Alongside the vehicles, the Canadian Army deployed Leopard gunnery skills trainers from its 2nd Division Support Base Valcartier to assist Ukrainian tank crews in practicing with the new Leopard fleet.
Other Planned Donations from Canada
In March, Canada pledged approximately 8,000 rounds of 155-millimeter ammunition and 12 air defense missiles from its military inventory to Ukraine.
About 1,800 rounds of 105-millimeter tank training ammunition will also be delivered to accompany the Leopard 1 tanks promised by Germany.
Earlier this month, Canada also announced it would supply the Ukrainian Armed Forces with over 21,000 small arms, including machine guns, assault rifles, and 2.4 million rounds of ammunition.
The package is valued at 59 million Canadian dollars (43.6 million) and will be sourced from small arms provider Colt Canada.