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Defence Minister Rob Nicholson announces $11M more Ukraine aid

11/26/2014 11:37 EST | Updated 01/26/2015 05:59 EST
Defence Minister Rob Nicholson says Canada will contribute $11 million more in non-lethal support to Ukraine.

Nicholson made the announcement at a news conference this morning held at the Department of National Defence headquarters in Ottawa, along with his parliamentary secretary, James Bezan.

The $11 million will be used for equipment and training, including:

- $5 million for protective gear, including cold-weather gear.

- $3 million for explosives disposal equipment.

- $1 million for communications equipment.

- $1 million for night and thermal vision equipment, plus binoculars.

- $1 million for medical training.

The shipment is expected to arrive on Friday.

Canada has already sent $55 million in aid, training and election monitoring to Ukraine during its fight with pro-Russian separatists, along with non-lethal military aid such as protective vests, helmets and goggles.

Vadym Prystaiko, the outgoing Ukrainian ambassador to Canada, said earlier this month that Canada and other western countries are losing interest in the Ukrainian conflict compared to the fight against ISIS in Iraq.

Nicholson said he believes Canada did all it could to voice its opposition to the situation at a security conference in Halifax over the weekend.

The conflict between pro-Russian rebels and government troops has caused more than 4,000 deaths.

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