Minister Dion reiterates Canada’s support to safety and security of people of Ukraine

November 28, 2015 - Valletta, Malta - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that explosive ordnance disposal equipment has been transferred to the Ukrainian Armed Forces in western Ukraine. This non-lethal equipment ‎will enable the Ukrainian Armed Forces to safely dispose of unexploded ammunition, such as artillery shells, thereby contributing to the safety and security of Ukrainians living in the affected regions.

This explosive ordnance disposal equipment has been provided by Global Affairs Canada and will be used during training offered by Canadian Armed Forces experts as part of Operation UNIFIER. A joint initiative by Canada’s Department of National Defence and Global Affairs Canada, Operation UNIFIER supports Ukraine’s efforts to maintain its security, stability and territorial integrity.

This is only one aspect of Canada’s multi-faceted support to Ukraine. Since January 2014, Canada has announced more than $700 million in assistance to respond to the crisis in Ukraine, which has claimed the lives of more than 8,000 people.

As Prime Minister Trudeau told President Putin at the G-20 Antalya Summit, Canada stands with the Ukrainian people and expects Russia to engage fully in the Minsk process. This includes ending its supply and support to insurgents in eastern Ukraine and fully respecting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Canada welcomes the initial steps taken by Ukraine to implement the political track of the Minsk agreements and looks forward to the continuation of an inclusive constitutional process.

Canada calls for further progress by all parties in implementing the Minsk agreements, building on steps in the past two months, including in the important area of weapons withdrawal from the Line of Contact. Renewed reports of ceasefire violations in recent weeks are cause for concern. Canada will continue to monitor this situation carefully and respond as necessary, in coordination with partners and allies.


“Canada is fully committed to supporting Ukraine as it faces Russian interference and works to build a stable, prosperous and secure country. We are encouraged by the initial successes delivering on the promises of the Maidan. Much remains to be done. Canada is wholeheartedly committed to supporting Ukraine as it advances along this path.”

- The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick facts

  • According to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, after a year of armed conflict, large areas in eastern Ukraine have been left with deadly military remnants threatening the safety of Ukrainians living in the region.
  • The explosive ordnance disposal equipment includes protective suits, robots and tactical kit enabling soldiers to more safely disarm Improvised Explosive Devices and unexploded ammunition, saving military and civilian lives and limbs.
  • The delivery of the explosive ordnance disposal equipment, worth $3 million, is part of an ongoing project of Global Affairs Canada’s Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force (START) to provide non-lethal equipment to Ukraine.
  • Canada’s support to Ukraine since the beginning of the crisis includes low-interest loans to the Government of Ukraine for economic stabilization, as well as development assistance projects to promote sustainable economic growth and to advance democracy, human rights, the rule of law and support to civil society.

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