Prime Minister Stephen Harper is making a rare public appearance at National Defence headquarters on Tuesday morning for what appears to be an announcement that Canadian troops will be headed to Ukraine on a training mission.
Harper is schedule to make the announcement at 9:30 flanked by Defence Minister Jason Kenney and General Tom Lawson, the Chief of Defence Staff.
According to unconfirmed media reports Harper will commit 100 Canadian soldiers to a training mission at a NATO facility in western Ukraine.
The troops, once deployed, would join roughly 800 American soldiers already stationed there plus a smaller number of British soldiers.
The purpose of the mission, at this point, would be to train Ukrainian soldiers for combat rather than engage in fighting directly.
Canada has been backing the Ukrainian government as it battles Russian backed rebels in the eastern part of the country.
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