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The crisis is worsening. In Washington, President Joe Biden warned there is a “distinct possibility” that Russia could take military action against Ukraine in February.
In Moscow, President Vladimir Putin said the United States and NATO have not addressed Russia’s main security demands in their standoff over Ukraine, such as avoiding NATO expansion and not deploying offensive weapons near Russia’s borders.
Fortunately, both sides say they are willing to keep talking.
Canada has 200 troops in Ukraine conducting military training, and this week Prime Minister Trudeau promised to send Ukraine even more assistance:
- Extending the Canadian military’s training mission in Ukraine by three years.
- Deploying 60 more soldiers, and potentially doubling the mission to 400 troops.
- Providing financial support, including a $120 million loan and $50 million in aid.
- Shipping non-lethal military equipment such as body armour and thermal binoculars.
- Sharing intelligence and surveillance information.
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(Cover: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, on the margins of the COP26 summit in Glasgow, United Kingdom, November 1, 2021. Via pm.gc.ca)