Trudeau sends another $52 million to Ukraine, holds off on soldiers

At the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Italy, PM Justin Trudeau announced he was sending another $52.4 million to Ukraine but would hold off on sending CAF members to the front lines.

Trudeau sends another $52 million to Ukraine, holds off on soldiers

According to a news release, as part of the latest multi-million-dollar package, $15 million is intended for children’s aid and other humanitarian programs, $20 million will go to repairing Ukraine’s crumbling energy infrastructure, and $15.4 million will go to help the IMF aid Ukraine in accessing economic-related technical assistance and training for when they join the EU, along with improving Ukraine’s ability to clear land mines and other explosives.

An additional $2 million will go to maintaining Ukraine’s nuclear facilities.

So far, Canada has provided over $7 billion in financial support to Ukraine, along with nearly half a billion in humanitarian aid since 2022.

Trudeau also stated that he plans to continue to financially support Ukraine until they beat Russia.

“To the Ukrainians who continue to stand strong in defence of their homeland, know that we will keep supporting you until victory,” Trudeau said.

Canada sends troops to Ukraine

While it was initially reported that Canada would send soldiers to Ukraine to resume training their military, this decision was reversed due to concerns that NATO members were showing hesitancy in putting troops on the ground.

“There was discussion of a NATO mission to enhance the training. At the present time, the circumstances are not right to deploy—in my view—the Canadian trainers in Ukraine,” Defence Minister Bill Blair said. “There is, I think, quite an understandable concern about expanding a training mission into Ukraine at the current time.”

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