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December, 8, 2014 - Kyiv, Ukraine - Department of National Defence

Canada today signed a Declaration of Intent with Ukraine to explore opportunities to conduct joint military training and capacity building in response to Russia's aggression toward Ukraine.

The agreement was signed by the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of National Defence, at the conclusion of a visit to Kyiv, Ukraine, where he affirmed Canada’s steadfast friendship and strong bilateral relations, and officially announced Canada’s intention to collaborate on current and future security concerns, and towards developing broader military defence cooperation.

Russia has violated the territorial integrity of Ukraine and continues its efforts to intimidate and undermine the democratically elected government in Kyiv. Canada will continue to play a leading role in the Western response to the situation in Ukraine as well as continue its military training and cooperation, building upon the success of current efforts contributing toward Ukraine self-determination and security.

Quick Facts

  • While in Ukraine, Minister Nicholson was hosted by the Minister of Defence Colonel General Stepan Poltorak.
  • Canada and Ukraine are committed to continue working together to strengthen the capacity of the Ukrainian Government and its security forces, to defend Ukraine’s territorial integrity and its people, and to uphold and promote the institutions that serve the wellbeing of its society. 
  • Today's Declaration of Intent seeks to explore ways in which to build upon our efforts, particularly on defence capacity-building through the provision of general support training related to military police, medical and personal protective measures.
  • In August, Canada donated non-lethal military supplies, including a range of targeted protection, medical and logistical equipment such as helmets, ballistic eyewear, protective vests, first aid kits, tents and sleeping bags.
  • In November, Canada announced further military gear including tactical communications systems, explosive ordinance disposal equipment, tactical medical kits, night visual goggles and winterized kits to expand the capabilities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.


“Canada stands firm in its commitment to the people of Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression. Through their important contributions to NATO's Assurance Measures our men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces are also effectively responding to Russia's illegal and illegitimate actions in Ukraine.”

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

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