Canada announces the deployment of the Canadian Armed Forces to train Ukrainian soldiers in the United Kingdom

National Defense Minister Anita Anand announced that Canada has authorized the deployment of Canadian Armed Forces personnel to train new recruits to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Anand says that as part of Operation UNIFIER, which is Canada’s military training and capacity building mission in Ukraine, the CAF will deploy up to 225 personnel to the United Kingdom. The majority of personnel will work as trainers, supported by a command and control element, for an initial deployment of approximately four months.

The government says the first of three training cohorts, made up of around 90 soldiers, will largely come from the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry based in Edmonton, Alberta. They are due to leave on August 12 and will start giving lessons in the following weeks.

The first Canadian-led courses will take place at a military base in south-east England and will focus on training the individual skills required for front-line combat, including handling weapons, first aid on the battlefield, campaign craft, patrol tactics and the law of armed conflict.

Operation UNIFIER was launched in 2015 at the request of the Ukrainian government. At the beginning of this year, it was enlarged and extended until March 2025.