Canada withdraws some troops from Ukraine

Canada’s defense ministry has decided to “temporarily relocate” some of its troops stationed in Ukraine to other European countries amid growing fears of a Russian invasion, its defense ministry said Sunday.

The temporary relocation of the “elements” of its contingent, designed to train the Ukrainian army, “does not mean the end of the mission of the Canadian military, but allows Canada to redirect its efforts to ensure the safety of Canadian forces,” the ministry said in a statement.

Ottawa did not provide details on the number of troops affected or the location of their reposition.

About 200 Canadian troops have been deployed in Ukraine since 2015 as part of a UNIFIER mission to contribute to the training of Ukrainian forces.

“The Canadian Armed Forces remain committed to the people of Ukraine and its mission to build the capacity and capabilities of the Security Forces of Ukraine,” the statement said.

The United States announced at the end of the week the withdrawal from Ukraine of 160 servicemen who trained Ukrainian forces.

Canada announced on Saturday the temporary closure of its embassy in Kyiv and the transfer of its activities to a temporary office in Lviv (in the west) due to the “deterioration caused by the deployment of Russian troops at the border.” Canada withdraws some troops from Ukraine

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