Canada is sending an additional 20,000 rounds to Ukraine for the Ukrainian army to use in its continued defense against the Russians.
This ammunition – 155 mm caliber, as well as fuses and charging bags – is donated, but costs 98 million dollars, according to the federal government. The artillery comes from the United States and the funding comes from the $500 million provided for in the 2022 federal budget.
The cartridges can be used by artillery guns, including the M777 howitzers that Canada has already sent, and which the Department of National Defense says the Canadian Armed Forces have trained Ukrainian security forces to use.
Defense Minister Anita Anand made the announcement Tuesday at a Ukrainian cultural center in Victoria, British Columbia.
Anand said this shipment of additional military aid “will be crucial in Ukraine’s ongoing struggle to defend its eastern territory”, and that “work is already underway to deliver this aid to Ukraine as quickly as possible. “.
The defense minister said the NATO-standard artillery shipment was the result of a direct request Ukraine made to its allies.
This is the latest round of military aid Canada has provided to Ukraine since the Russian invasion, with the federal government promising that as long as the war continues, Canada will continue to provide support.
“We are working around the clock to identify and provide even more military aid to Ukraine,” Anand said.
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