Artillery ammunition

Canada sends 20,000 artillery munitions to Ukraine

OTTAWA – Canada has purchased more than 20,000 artillery munitions for Ukraine, Defense Minister Anita Anand said Tuesday.

Anand, speaking at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Victoria, said the $98 million purchase will include the necessary fuses and charging bags and comes from the $500 million Ukrainian military aid package announced in the budget. April Federal.

She said the shells, which are NATO’s artillery standard 155 millimeters and will work with the artillery guns Canada shipped to Ukraine in April, are “exactly what Ukraine asked its allies to supply”.

“Canadian aid continues to flow to Ukraine, and we are working around the clock to identify and provide even more military assistance to Ukraine,” she said.

Anand said “Russian President Vladimir Putin’s large-scale, illegal and impermissible invasion of Ukraine cannot and will not succeed”, noting that Russian forces have been repelled, Kyiv remains under Ukrainian control and the Canadian Embassy has reopened.

“Canada will continue to have Ukraine’s back,” she said. “Putin cannot redraw the maps to suit his own needs. Sovereign nations cannot be erased from the map. And the fundamental right of the Ukrainian people to independence and self-determination cannot be undermined without consequence.

Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city with 1.4 million people before the Russian invasion, is recovering from weeks of relentless bombardment. (May 24 / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Canada donated more than $130 million in military equipment ahead of Tuesday’s ammunition announcement, including protective gear, drone cameras, rifles, night vision goggles and meal packets .

Last month, Canada shipped four M777 howitzers to Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the two leaders’ address on Tuesday, according to a summary of the conversation provided by the Prime Minister’s Office.

“The two leaders discussed how Canada could continue to support Ukraine while working with like-minded partners to address the broader global impacts of Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable war,” the statement said. written statement.

“This includes the sharp rise in fuel prices and an unfolding global food security crisis.”

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 24, 2022.

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