NEWS
01/07/2016 09:41 EST | Updated 01/07/2017 00:12 EST

Canadian trainers learn lessons of their own instructing hard-pressed Ukrainians

OTTAWA — A fresh batch of Canadian military trainers is about to deploy to eastern Europe, and the outgoing commander says his soldiers took a lot of their own notes in addition to handing out assignments to Ukrainian troops.

Lt.-Col. Jason Guiney, who is about to end his five-month stint, says even though their training bases are 1,200 kilometres away from the fighting in the breakaway eastern regions, his troops have had a close look and learned a lot about the kind of conflict that's being fought.

He says it's a wake-up call for the Canadian military as an institution.

Guiney says — by dealing with Ukrainian troops — they've had an upclose look at how Moscow-backed separatists have mixed high-tech Russian weaponry, cyber attacks, propaganda, conventional warfare and insurgency warfare into a toxic, deadly campaign.

Up to 200 Canadian trainers are teaching regular Ukrainian army units infantry combat skills, battlefield medical treatment and how to diffuse and dispose of roadside bombs.

Separately, a contingent of military police is working in Kyiv mentoring counterparts there.

   

The Canadian Press