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Archived - Minister Nicholson announces Canada's donation of non-lethal equipment to Ukraine

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November 26, 2014

OTTAWA - Today, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C, M.P. for Niagara Falls and Minister of National Defence, announced that in response to a request from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Canada will provide further non-lethal military equipment to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

The donated military gear will include equipment such as tactical communications systems, explosive ordinance disposal equipment, tactical medical kits and night vision goggles. National Defence will deliver winterized kits to expand the capabilities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Quick Facts

  • The donation from National Defence, deemed surplus by the Canadian Armed Forces, includes approximately 30 000 coats, 30 000 pairs of pants, 70 000 pairs of Gore-Tex boots and 4 500 pairs of gloves.
  • The first shipment will be transported via Royal Canadian Air Force CC177 Globemaster and is scheduled to arrive by the end of November. The remainder of the equipment will be transported by a separate sealift.
  • This donation is in addition to the $5 million in non-lethal military equipment the Government of Canada has previously donated to the country and is expected to enhance capabilities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
  • The CAF’s response in support of this request promotes security in Central and Eastern Europe, and demonstrates Canada's steadfast commitment to our allies in the region.


“Our Government is committed to supporting the Ukrainian people as they fight for democracy and the sovereignty of their country in the face of the Putin regime's military aggression. These contributions are a clear demonstration of our support for the people of Ukraine, and their pursuit of a secure and stable future.”

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls and Minister of National Defence

“This is yet another positive action that Canada is taking to help Ukraine respond to the violence being perpetrated by separatists in eastern parts of the country. The equipment and clothing announced today will help enhance the capabilities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces to secure its eastern border and deny those who wish to destabilize the country through intimidation and violence.”

The Honourable John Baird, P.C., M.P for Ottawa West-Nepean and Minister of Foreign Affairs

"Canada has been at the forefront of the international community’s response to the hostility of the Putin regime in Ukraine. I am proud the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces remain ready to respond in the face of unexpected turmoil in the Central and Eastern Europe."

James Bezan, M.P. for Selkirk-Interlake and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence

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