by Vance Gutzman
The Ukrainian Ambassador to Canada was on hand at Garrison Petawawa last Thursday for a departure ceremony marking the continuation of Canada’s mission to support the armed forces of his country.
Andriy Shevchenko took part in the departure ceremony that was held inside the cavernous Victoria Barracks as about 200 troops from 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG) prepared to set off for Operation UNIFIER ROTO 6.
Operation UNIFIER is the Canadian Armed Forces mission to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU).
The focus of the mission is to assist the AFU with military training, and also to help them improve and build their military compatibility with other NATO organizations.
Canada launched Operation UNIFIER in 2015, in response to a request from Ukraine, and that initial mandate was subsequently extended a year ago to run until March 2019.
Canadian troops have, to date, trained nearly 6,000 Ukrainian soldiers, with 121 courses that have covered all types of training.
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