Canada withdraws part of its military from Ukraine – 02/13/2022

Montreal, February 13, 2022 (AFP) – Canada has decided to “temporarily relocate” some of its military personnel deployed in Ukraine to other regions of Europe, given the situation in the region, Canada’s Ministry of Defense announced Sunday (13).

In a statement, the ministry said that this transfer “does not mean the end of the mission” of the Canadian military, but allows Ottawa to “reorient” its efforts while ensuring the safety of its troops.

Ottawa did not disclose the number of troops being relocated, or their new destination.

About 200 Canadian military personnel have been deployed in Ukraine since 2015 on UN missions seeking to contribute to the formation of a Ukrainian force.

“The Canadian Armed Forces remain committed to the Ukrainian people and their mission to enhance the capabilities of the Ukrainian security forces,” Ottawa said.

The United States last weekend announced the withdrawal of 160 troops training Ukrainian troops from Ukraine.

Canada announced on Saturday the temporary closure of its embassy in Kiev and the transfer of its operations to a temporary office in Lviv (west), due to the “deteriorating situation caused by the deployment of Russian troops on the border”.


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