Starting yesterday and continuing throughout the month of August, approximately 200 Canadian Army soldiers will be deploying to Ukraine under Operation UNIFIER as part of the Government of Canada’s ongoing commitment to support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The deploying soldiers, primarily from 3rd Canadian Division and based in Western Canada, will relieve their counterparts from 2nd Canadian Division in Quebec, and continue military training activities in support of Canada’s response to requests for assistance from the Government of Ukraine. “Together with our Allies under Operation UNIFIER, Canada proudly supports the people of Ukraine," said Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan in a pressrelease. "I welcome the return of our soldiers to Valcartier, and wish the best to those deploying from Edmonton and Shilo in continued support to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. I am pleased to witness Canada’s ongoing commitment to this important training mission.”

Quick Facts

Operation UNIFIER is Canada’s military training mission to Ukraine. It demonstrates the expertise and professionalism of Canadian Armed Forces members by providing military training and capacity building to Ukrainian Armed Forces personnel to support Ukraine in its efforts to maintain sovereignty, security, and stability. Canadian Army soldiers are delivering important training that will help Ukrainian soldiers survive and thrive on the battlefield. Canadian trainers are teaching basic soldier and medical skills, as well as other critical capabilities, including flight safety, policing techniques, and language training.
Canadian soldiers headed to Ukraine
Approximately 30 soldiers from 3rd Canadian Division departing for Operation UNIFIER in Ukraine, on August 4, 2016 at the Executive Flight Centre. Photo by Canadian Army Public Affairs