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Canadian aid to Ukraine is in decline
Our military support efforts do not match our claims
Canada has still made notable efforts by giving Ukraine four M777 howitzer systems, sophisticated American cannons worth $5 million each. Canadian armed forces photo, Private Marianne Larivière SHARE Guillaume St-Pierre
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The additional aid of $650 million over three years announced yesterday by Justin Trudeau signals a drop in military support offered to Ukraine, according to an expert.
The new amount released by Ottawa aims to provide the country at war with 50 armored vehicles and the training of Ukrainian pilots in F-16 combat planes.
< p>However, since the start of the war, Canadian military aid granted has amounted to nearly a billion per year.
The $650 million, over three years, therefore constitutes a fraction of this amount, according to Justin Massie, associate director of the UQAM Strategic Analysis Network. “It’s very little compared to what we have started to do,” he says.
According to the researcher, Canada could, among other things, provide more ammunition to Ukraine, “but there are no large orders that have been placed with the Canadian industry to produce more.”
The drop in Canadian military aid contrasts with the ambition expressed by the Prime Minister.
“Our aid does not at all live up to our rhetoric,” maintains Mr. ;Massie.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated yesterday during the visit of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Ottawa that his government will help him “as long as it takes”.
Before this new aid package, Canada had already committed since the start of the war to pay more than $8.9 billion in support of Ukraine, including $1.8 billion in military aid. /p>
Pieces of high-value Canadian heavy equipment, such as M777 howitzers and Leopard tanks, were sent to the country.
The Ukrainian president completed a meeting in the Canadian capital tour aimed at maintaining the momentum of support from Western countries to confront Russia.
Volodymyr Zelensky is called upon to confront the apathy of certain elected officials from allied countries in the face of a continuing war.
The American Congress is currently debating the vote on a new aid package for his country, which certain Trumpist elected officials do not want to hear about.
Mr. Zelensky attributed the cracks which appear in the coalition on the subject of aid to his country.
“We cannot allow Russia to sow division,” he said at a press conference in alongside Justin Trudeau.
The Canadian prime minister admitted that the world is “living in economically difficult times,” but that a Russian victory in Ukraine would have “an impact deep economic.”
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