Monday, 22 April, 2019

Canada to extend military training mission in Ukraine

Canada extending military deployments to Ukraine until 2022, Iraq until 2021 Canada extends Iraq and Ukraine military missions
Jeannette Daniel | 21 March, 2019, 20:53

Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Monday the mission of about 200 Canadian Forces personnel in Ukraine will be extended through March 2022.

A spokeswoman for Sajjan declined to comment, while representatives for Freeland did not reply to requests for comment.

Through Operation UNIFIER, the Canadian Armed Forces will continue to provide military training and capacity building assistance to Ukraine's defense and security forces. 'It's very important to send a strong message to Ukraine, to the people of Ukraine, and to the global community that the invasion of Crimea and the annexation of Crimea are a grave breach of worldwide law, ' she added.

The House of Commons defence committee recommended last December that Ottawa expand the mission, a message that Ukraine's ambassador to Canada subsequently stressed in interviews with Canadian media.

More news: Stars send love and prayers to families affected by Christchurch attack

They have trained more than 10,800 members of the Ukrainian security forces, the statement said.

On the same day, Putin is due to meet in Simferopol with members of the public of Crimea and Sevastopol and attend festive events dedicated to celebrating the fifth anniversary of the 2014 Crimean referendum and its reunification with Russian Federation.

Their mission expires in March 2019; however, taking into account the ongoing Russian aggression against Ukraine and conflict in Ukraine, the government of Canada chose to extend it. The troops are part of a larger mission that involves the United States, Britain, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden.

Form for signing up for free newsletter.

Recommended

Clashes Still Raging in Last Islamic State Enclave: SDF Official Clashes Still Raging in Last Islamic State Enclave: SDF Official In the final push to control Baghouz , the SDF blew up an ammunition storage area and slowly pried positions away from ISIS. Mr Bali declined to specify the nationalities of the captured fighters and did not say when the operation took place.

Biden tells potential donors he's close to announcing 2020 run Biden tells potential donors he's close to announcing 2020 run Some have pointed out that in a Democratic debate, he could be asked why no one on the stage would be a worthy running mate. Some are reacting in shock and dismay, while others are simply calling Biden's consideration of Abrams "embarrassing".

Mortal Kombat 11 Closed Beta Begins March 28 Mortal Kombat 11 Closed Beta Begins March 28 The game was also announced for the Nintendo Switch in the last Nintendo Direct and it will come out on the same day. Another possibility is the arrival of Rain, which would surely please many fans anticipating Mortal Kombat 11 .

Cowboys, WR Cobb agree to 1-year deal Cowboys, WR Cobb agree to 1-year deal The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to terms with former Green Bay Packers receiver Randall Cobb on a one-year deal, sources said . Cobb fills a void in the slot for the Cowboys after they lost Cole Beasley to the Buffalo Bills in free agency.

Stanford study shows Apple Watch can effectively detect heart conditions Stanford study shows Apple Watch can effectively detect heart conditions Meaning, the Apple Watch irregular heartbeat detection appeared to give the right people the health information they needed. The Apple Heart Study app intermittently checked the heart-rate pulse sensor on their watches for measurements.

HP launches enterprise Reverb VR handset, aims for HTC Vive HP launches enterprise Reverb VR handset, aims for HTC Vive It won't be long before the HP Reverb Virtual Reality Headset comes to market, and you can be sure we'll be revisiting it soon. When the first wave of Windows Mixed Reality headsets were revealed, HP was among the few early supporters for the platform .

Trump claims to have defeated ISIS caliphate in Syria, Iraq Trump claims to have defeated ISIS caliphate in Syria, Iraq SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali posted on Twitter: "This is not a victory announcement, but a significant progress in the fight". But even after Baghouz's fall, IS maintains a scattered presence and sleeper cells that threaten a continuing insurgency.

Cardi B To Make Her Movie Debut In Film Staring Jennifer Lopez Cardi B To Make Her Movie Debut In Film Staring Jennifer Lopez Yes, two are very big names in the film industry but that's not all! Principal photography on Hustlers will begin in NY on Friday. The movie is inspired by the article " The Hustlers at Scores " penned by Jessica Pressler for New York Magazine .

The Premier League might just have handed the title to Liverpool The Premier League might just have handed the title to Liverpool The rivalry between Liverpool and United, which was voted as the biggest in British football , remains well and truly alive. Rio Ferdinand has taken a dig at Liverpool fans after speaking about the Reds' Premier League title challenge this season.

Senegalese Migrant Sets Bus of Children on Fire to 'Avenge' Drowned Migrants Senegalese Migrant Sets Bus of Children on Fire to 'Avenge' Drowned Migrants Video showed firefighters dousing the bus that had been completely gutted by flames, leaving only the charred metal frame. One of group managed to call the police, who rushed to the scene and broke the bus windows to get everyone to safety.

Terry Rozier Dunks On 76ers Fan On Twitter Terry Rozier Dunks On 76ers Fan On Twitter REASON FOR OPTIMISM: The Celtics played some of their best basketball of the last month, particularly in the first half. The Celtics led by eleven points at halftime and were outscored by fourteen throughout the third and fourth quarters.

See snake catchers remove 45 rattlesnakes under one house See snake catchers remove 45 rattlesnakes under one house "Due to the high winds, their tv/cable was acting up, so a gentleman crawled under to see what was going on". To avoid being bitten, it's recommended that you call professionals if you see a snake on your property.

German conservatives: Let's suspend Hungarian party from European bloc German conservatives: Let's suspend Hungarian party from European bloc The Fidesz issue poses a particularly hard challenge for Weber. It read: "Fidesz will lose all rights as a party-member".

Cuphead for Nintendo Switch Announced, Release Date Confirmed Cuphead for Nintendo Switch Announced, Release Date Confirmed Studio MDHR has announced during the Nindies Showcase that Cuphead will release on Nintendo Switch on April 18th. At the end of 2017, Cuphead brought its unique hand-drawn art style and hard gameplay to PC and Xbox One owners .

'Bill & Ted 3′ Confirmed, Keanu Reeves & Alex Winter to Reprise Their Roles 'Bill & Ted 3′ Confirmed, Keanu Reeves & Alex Winter to Reprise Their Roles According to reports , the new movie is due to be released as early as next year, with a date set for 21 August, 2020. Bill and Ted are officially on the way toward becoming a trilogy - "righteous!" said aging slackers everywhere.