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Canada is in talks to purchase 100,000 artillery shells for Ukraine

A South Korean official told the Korea Herald daily that the government had not yet formally started procedures to proceed with the export of the ammunition.

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Canada is in talks to buy 100,000 artillery shells for Ukraine in a deal that could cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Canadian officials have been talking with their South Korean counterparts to acquire the 100,000 155 millimeter artillery rounds, South Korean media reported. Canada would then supply that ammunition to Ukraine.

The Liberal government has already announced that it is spending $98 million to purchase 20,000 similar artillery rounds from the United States for Ukraine. If the South Korean deal goes through, Canadian taxpayers could potentially pay up to $500 million. But South Korean broadcaster SBS reported that Canada could receive a deal and the ammunition could be supplied at a lower price than normal.

National Defense Department spokesman Dan Le Bouthillier said Canada is committed to providing military aid to Ukraine. “We generally don’t provide details of ongoing exploratory work with partners,” he said on Tuesday.

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A South Korean official told the Korea Herald daily that the government had not yet formally started procedures to proceed with the export of the ammunition. The South Korean military considered whether it was capable of supplying the artillery shells in light of its stockpiles of weapons and its readiness, the outlet reported.

The Liberal government has already supplied Ukraine with Canadian Forces M777 artillery guns that can use 155mm ammunition.

In addition to artillery, Canada has shipped Carl Gustaf anti-tank systems, grenades and camera drones to Ukraine. In February, it also sent a shipment including .50 caliber sniper rifles fitted with silencers, 60 millimeter mortars, grenade launchers, pistols, ammunition, thermal imaging binoculars, cameras, scopes and medical supplies. The equipment was enough to outfit a force of 500–600 men. The cargo also included C6 and C9 machine guns, which are used by the Canadian Forces.

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NATO countries have sent large quantities of weapons to Ukraine since Russia invaded the country on February 24. Some NATO officials view the war as an opportunity to either force regime change in Russia or seriously weaken that country militarily.

In addition, NATO efforts to send billions of dollars worth of weapons to Ukraine have been a boon for mostly American defense companies, as the United States, Canada and other countries will eventually have to replenish their inventory. New orders have already been placed by the US Pentagon for missiles and other equipment. The Pentagon has estimated that it will eventually provide Ukraine about $20 billion in military aid.

Canada’s Chief of the Defense Staff, General Wayne Eyre, has called on defense companies to adopt a wartime production base so that more weapons can be acquired.

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Retired Canadian defense chief General Rick Hillier also called on Canada to donate 250 of its 600 light armored vehicles to Ukraine. Hillier told the National Post that the Canadian Forces’ lack of operational readiness meant the army was unlikely to deploy anytime soon and would have plenty of light armored vehicles left. The Canadian Army has countered that its units are operationally ready and ready to handle all missions defined by the federal government.

In addition, retired Generals Hillier, Andrew Leslie and Dean Milner have all claimed that the Carl Gustaf anti-tank systems that Canada supplied to Ukraine are obsolete. Ukrainian military officials, however, confirmed that they had used Carl Gustafs to destroy Russian tanks.

The war in Ukraine has also been highlighted by retired Canadian generals, as well as academics and analysts who receive funding from the defense industry, as a reason to significantly increase Canada’s military budget.

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