April 14, 2015

Canada to send troops to Ukraine

Brian LilleyArchive

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.

Do you agree with the decision to send Canadian soldiers to Ukraine?

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commented 2015-04-15 01:24:29 -0400
Paul and Stu, I agree witb your comments. From my understanding, when a democratically elected leader decided to not take a raw financial deal for the Ukraine and join the european union, (he kept and strengthened ties with Russia) he found himself in a coup by a bunch of neo-nazis funded by George Soros. Trained by american interests. We may find ourselves on the wrong side morally in this conflict… Following war mongering entities… Seems like they are poking the Russian bear. I like a lot about Harper and I hope he’s not in league with the world banksters.
commented 2015-04-14 23:58:51 -0400
Sorry, I support our troops and officials, but on this one I believe our our best strategy would be to stay out of it. This is in the backyard of a nuclear superpower and aggressive tactics, ABMs and military bases, in the neighborhood violate previous NATO promises to Russia. It’s a fact, like it or not, this was a coup of an elected government and was fomented by US operatives and 5 billion dollars to aid the cause. Considering, during this civil war, the Kiev government has fielded a battalion wearing Nazi SS patches determined to cleanse Ukraine, the resistance effort by Russian-speaking Ukrainians in Donetsk and Luhansk is understandable. After all the killing, they will fight for their Russian heritage to the death. And I suspect the US would react strongly to any incursions in Cuba, Mexico or Canada. Russians ‘ate wood’ to survive WWII and will not be intimidated from their sovereignty or security.
commented 2015-04-14 23:41:59 -0400
Kevin, I don’t read Clyde Lewis. Secondly, based on evidence and not propaganda It was not Putin who started all this. The US paid $5B to overthrow the duly elected government and replace it with fascists.
Putin was not the aggressor and our war mongering PM knows it. Russia never massed troops on the boarder, or shot down an airliner or any other lies Harper said. Those are facts.
It’s also fact that the wealth of the Ukraine is in the east and southeast. Kiev (i.e. Western Ukraine) is a financial wasteland.
It helps if you won’t get all your info from the CBC or CTV, Kevin. Read this to understand some facts. https://consortiumnews.com/2014/07/27/blaming-russia-as-flat-fact/
What is happening around the world is is a battle of the banking systems. It’s the western petrodollar system – backed by a printing press vs the AIIB credit note system – based on tangible wealth reserves. We opted to stay out of the AIIB and will go down when the US dollar collapses.
Bases on what I read our banks are insolvent. That’s why we will have bail-in imposed on our bank accounts. harper doen’t say much about this but loves sending people to war zones. He’s in with the cool kids.
commented 2015-04-14 22:10:16 -0400
Stu – the peace has always been kept with guns. Sigh.
commented 2015-04-14 20:49:23 -0400
I read some comments about how sending troops to help confront Russian aggression might trigger a war. I recommend some diligent hours spent studying history. The lessons of our Western past offer exactly the opposite lesson – the best way to trigger a war is to allow an aggressor to take bite after bite out of it’s neighbours….to threaten and bully and bullsh-it their way into more territory and more power and to do nothing in response. Doing nothing – THAT is the path to war. The sooner an aggressor is confronted, the easier it is and the less likely we find ourselves in the middle of something worse.
commented 2015-04-14 20:39:58 -0400
2 hot spots covered and good on us. Who is watching Boko Haram? That will have to be dealt with sooner or later. The rest of the world is busy doing something or other.
commented 2015-04-14 17:07:04 -0400
Yes, I fully agree with this decision to send 100 Canadian troops to the Ukraine in the capacity of training Ukrainian soldiers. Putin is indeed testing how much aggression the modern world is willing too let him get away with. And to Stu Gatso below, you should know that history clearly teaches that weakness INCREASES the likelihood of war. Google “Neville Chamberlain”, and “Munich Agreement”. And lay of the “war-mongering PM” garbage. Stephen Harper may not be “perfect” but he easily is the best Prime Minister in Canadian history. We should all be very proud of him.
commented 2015-04-14 16:57:09 -0400
We have Soldiers in the Middle East so why not the Ukraine. These Guys are just doing their duty, that’s what soldiering is about.
They will show the Canadian flag alongside those of our Allies and also tell Putin, hey guy we are here too.
commented 2015-04-14 16:51:29 -0400
We aren’t exactly sending troops to war; they are unarmed and won’t be accompanying Ukrainian forces. Sometimes Canadians sound like wusses. We have very limited military capacity but we can at least help in support roles. As the U.S. folds on the world scene under Obama, someone has to show some leadership and moral compass, and I think our Canadian government is doing a good job of that. Just because people don’t want to fight (and die ) does not mean we won’t be forced to do so, especially now that the U.S. seems to be siding with our enemies. We need to be prepared to pay a much bigger price for freedom in this country than we have had to pay with the
U.S. carrying the load. Hope I’m wrong about the latter………
commented 2015-04-14 15:20:20 -0400
No I dont think Canada should send troops to Ukraine. Yes I do think we are heading down the path to WW3. JD
commented 2015-04-14 14:05:11 -0400
I support sending the troops. If nothing else it lets Putin know where we stand.
commented 2015-04-14 13:36:10 -0400
This is a bad idea.
commented 2015-04-14 13:19:55 -0400
I don’t like the idea of sending kids into battle. I hate the idea of the Russian fascists taking away another countries freedoms more. Sending in our army is an act of strength…not to be taken lightly. Harper must be commended for taking a stance and Stu Gatzo below should review Canada’s history; from our actions in the world wars to Bosnia to the UN failed “Peacekeeping” mission in Rwanda. Negotiating from a position of strength is much better than weakly backing away from Obama’s red line.
commented 2015-04-14 12:00:57 -0400
Stu, there is more sources of information out there than guys like Clyde Lewis
commented 2015-04-14 11:53:06 -0400
Here we go backing a fascists government against a population that doesn’t want them. The only people that want them therer are the neo-cons (Nazis) who paid billions to put them there.
This war-mongering PM has not been able to provide us with just one piece of verifiable evidence for the expenses incurred in putting down those opposed to the imposed puppet governments – Libya, Yemen, Iraq, etc..
If he cannot provide this evidence then he should enlist and go kick butt himself.
Thank God sane heads are prevailing as France and Germany break ranks with the neo-cons and are seeking peace talks.
Canada used to always seek peace talks except in the past 10-15 years. Is our economy in such bad shape that we need a war to blame someone else for its failures?
commented 2015-04-14 11:47:16 -0400
If this move brings us closer to Ukraine becoming a NATO country that’s good. 1 more step to bring more Eastern European into the NATO fold that’s better
commented 2015-04-14 11:21:05 -0400
I have a heavy heart to contemplate Canada having soldiers in Ukraine. But, having American, Brit and Canadian soldiers on the ground in any capacity sends a warning shot to Putin. A show of strength may be our best defence to prevent a world war. Such a display in Poland in 1938 might have deterred Hitler. We’ll never know, but, I think we have to try.
commented 2015-04-14 11:02:31 -0400
Mark B. I have to agree with your comments…I not on board with this…I keep thinking if Quebec separatist got a foothold in remote Quebec, supported by France, would we be okay to have US personal training Cdn troops to fight them? Sounds extreme?
commented 2015-04-14 10:58:10 -0400
It’s my opinion that there are enough Ukrainians in Canada to enable all of us to ask those with family in eastern Ukraine which nation they would like to be part of. I get the impression most in eastern Ukraine are in fact Russian…

Either way, Ukraine is a friend and ally to Canada and as such we should offer assistance in any training roles they should request of us.
commented 2015-04-14 10:48:54 -0400
I’m not so sure about this one. As in Iraq, we would ostensibly be training Ukrainian soldiers (aren’t they already trained?). But why? In Iraq, we were training the Kurds to combat ISIS (a very recognizable evil). Who are we training the Ukrainians to combat? Russian troops? (Sorry, Russian-SUPPORTED rebels/insurgents). Who are these rebels? Foreign insurgents? Or pro-Russian Ukrainians? Might we be fostering a civil war here?

This deployment might turn out to be a mistake.
commented 2015-04-14 10:45:48 -0400
If we don’t do these things the axis of evil, Russia and Iran will take these countries over and then they will come for us.
commented 2015-04-14 09:30:43 -0400
One would hope that Ukraine has been severely pressured by Canada to finally get serious economic, legal, and bureaucratic reforms under way in return for our help. It makes no sense to focus only on military training when everything else has been left in a soviet style shambles since Ukraine achieved independence. The kleptocrats ignored western advice for years and got very comfortable. Time for some tough love.
commented 2015-04-14 09:23:23 -0400
I bet that has the CBC, CTV, Global, Toronto “Red” Star, the Ottawa Citizen and all the left wing parties in an uproar!

Which, of course, means that he is doing the right thing . . . yet again. Glad Harper is the PM and not Justie or angry Tommy.
commented 2015-04-14 09:07:47 -0400
Good. It’s the right thing to do.
commented 2015-04-14 08:51:32 -0400
So … the same sort of mission as in Iraq. Good. Stay safe and help turn this thing around!