Canada to allocate almost $25 million for Ukraine’s air defense

September 18,2023 932
Canada to allocate almost $25 million for Ukraine’s air defense

Canada will allocate USD 24.38 million for Ukraine, the country’s Minister of National Defense Bill Blair said. The funds will go to the International Fund for Ukraine, a British-led initiative to procure military aid.

Canada’s contribution will go towards the purchase for Ukraine of “hundreds of short- and medium-range air defence missiles and associated systems required to protect Ukraine’s critical national infrastructure,” Blair said.

The next aid from Canada is part of a package of funding for Ukraine’s military aid worth 500 million Canadian dollars, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced during a visit to Kyiv in June.

In total, since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Russia, Ukraine has received more than CAD 8 billion from Canada. More than CAD 1.8 billion of the funding went to military aid. In particular, Ottawa provided Kyiv with missiles, artillery ammunition, battle tanks, anti-aircraft missile systems, armored combat support vehicles, anti-tank weapons, and more.

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