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Canada ‘finalizes’ armored vehicle deals for Ukraine as promised heavy artillery arrives – National

Canada announced on Friday that it is finalizing contracts for a number of commercial model armored vehicles to be sent to Ukraine as soon as possible.

In a statement, the federal government said it was also finalizing a service contract for the maintenance and repair of specialized drone cameras that Canada has already shipped to Ukraine.

On Friday, Canada sent M777 howitzers and ammunition to Ukraine, fulfilling its promise to send heavy artillery to the beleaguered country.

According to the government, the M777 155 mm light towed howitzer is lighter and smaller, but more powerful than any gun of its type. The M777 provides indirect firepower capable of accurately hitting targets at ranges up to 30 km.

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The decision was welcomed by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC).

In a statement Friday, Alexandra Chyczij, National President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, said, “The UCC welcomes the provision of additional lethal aid to Ukraine by Canada.

“The horrors that Russia is inflicting, the deliberate and systemic crimes against humanity that Russia is committing – in Mariupol, Bucha, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and countless other places – show that Russia is committing genocide and trying to annihilate the Ukrainian people,” she added.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Friday that the allies were finally delivering the weapons that kyiv had requested, adding that the weapons would help save the lives of thousands of people.

Since January 2022, Canada has committed over $118 million in military equipment to support Ukraine. In Budget 2022, Canada also allocated $500 million in additional military assistance to Ukraine for the 2022-23 fiscal year.

However, earlier Friday, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland did not provide further details on how the $500 million pledged in her April 7 budget would be spent.

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In response to Ukraine’s demand for more heavy weapons, President Joe Biden on Thursday announced $800 million in additional military aid to help Ukraine fight off the Russian invasion, and he warned that Congress will have to approve additional aid.

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The new military package includes much-needed heavy artillery, 144,000 rounds and drones for Ukrainian forces in the escalating battle for the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine. It builds on about $2.6 billion in military aid that Biden had previously approved.

“We are grateful that Canada and its allies continue to provide the weapons and equipment that the courageous Ukrainian armed forces need to defeat Russia,” Chyczij said.

-With files from The Canadian Press

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