Oct 11, 2022
By Jeremy Logan
Canada is sending 40 military engineers to Poland to train Ukrainian forces in their fight against Russia.
Defence Minister Anita Anand announced the deployment during a visit to Warsaw Tuesday before a planned meeting with N.A.T.O. counterparts in Belgium.
The new contribution is on top of the roughly 225 military trainers working with Ukrainian forces as part of a British-led training mission.
This is also in addition to the deployment of three Hercules transport planes to Scotland, where the aircraft are helping deliver supplies to Ukrainian forces battling Russia.
The Department of National Defence says the engineers will be attached to a Polish-led training effort focused on teaching Ukrainian on how to use explosives, among other things.
Anand’s announcements comes days after an explosion damaged an important bridge connecting Russia and Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, prompting Russian leader Vladimir Putin to order missile strikes on several Ukrainian cities.