BERLIN (AFP) – Canada will send an additional USD50 million worth of military equipment to help Ukraine in the fight against Russia, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said yesterday in Berlin.
He said he spoke with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky earlier in the day and “told him that Canada will soon be sending highly specialised equipment to them.”
Canada had on February 14 already said it would deliver CAD7.8 million (USD6.1 million) worth of lethal equipment and ammunition, before adding another pledge of USD25 million in non-lethal protect-ive gear.
Beyond equipping Ukraine, Trudeau said USD3 million will go towards tackling Russian disinformation about Ukraine. “We need to stand up for truth and be vigilant against disinformation that tries to mislead us and more tries to divide us,” he said.
Canada has joined Western allies in imposing tough sanctions on Russia, including a ban on Russian oil imports and direct embargoes targetting President Vladimir Putin.
Canada is home to a large Ukrainian diaspora of more than 1.3 million.