The soldiers, from the 4th Engineering Support Regiment, based in Gagetown, N.B., are in Yavoriv, Ukraine to impart skills hard-won in the over decade-long Afghan war.
In total, there are 15 Canadians involved in an annual 17-nation exercise, known as Saber Guardian/Rapid Trident 15, which is separate from the soon-to-be launched combat training mission.
Gen. Jonathan Vance, in a recent interview with The Canadian Press, suggested it would be September before the two-year long deployment of trainers, which was announced in April, gets fully underway.
Detecting and dismantling bombs will be a key part of that effort to bolster Ukraine's hard-pressed national guard, which has suffered horrific casualties from both roadside bombs and artillery.
Defence Minister Jason Kenney issued a statement that says the aim is to support Canada's allies in the region while helping to strengthen Ukraine’s resilience and its ability to protect its territorial integrity.
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