Canada to hand over to Ukraine anti-aircraft missiles

26.05.2023 06:40

A batch of short-range air-to-air missiles will soon arrive in Ukraine from Canada.

This was announced by the Ministry of Defense of Canada following the regular meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group in the Ramstein format, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

Canada will hand over 43 AIM-9 missiles to Ukraine free of charge from its army stocks, according to Canada’s Armed Forces.

The Ministry of Defense added that this would help Ukraine secure its skies against the background of Russia’s ongoing attacks.

In addition, Canada will expand the training of Ukrainian military medics in Poland as part of Operation UNIFIER. Five more medical instructors of the Armed Forces of Canada will be seconded to Poland, where they will join the seven Canadian servicemen already stationed there, who are running a training program to share their skills with the Ukrainian military.

The expansion of the medical training mission is expected to double the number of potential Ukrainian graduates.

It should be recalled that as part of Operation UNIFIER, Canadian servicemen have been training Ukrainian soldiers in modern combat skills since 2015. After Russia’s full-scale invasion, Canadian instructors left Ukraine, within months resuming training for Ukrainian recruits in Great Britain and Poland. In total, more than 36,000 Ukrainian defenders have completed the course.




  1. Canada is believed to have donated aid to the value of $1 bn to Ukraine in the past year. Canada is a very wealthy country with a large Ukrainian diaspora. I’d say this is a piss-poor amount and they need to pull their weight.

    • I hear you, but just to help put things in perspective, Canada has a total of 82 main battle tanks. The USA has 6,200 and we can’t even give some of those to Ukraine, we have to make NEW down-modelled tanks to give Ukraine. Even just the Abrams, the USA has 3,700 of them in moth balls. Probably neither nation will even use their tanks but perhaps use them to send to our allies. Can you imagine what Ukraine could do with just 10% of the Abrams Biden has in storage?!! I won’t even mention the 1,000 F-16s the US has in operation…

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