Canada donates 20,000 155mm artillery rounds to Ukraine

According to information published by the Canadian Ministry of Defense on May 24, 2022, Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand announced that Canada will donate over 20,000 artillery rounds of 155 mm NATO standard ammunition, including fuses and charge bags, to further support Ukraine’s military in its fight against Russian army invasion.

Canada remains committed to continuing to provide Ukraine with the military equipment it needs to defend its sovereignty, freedom, and independence. Since February 2022, the government of Canada has donated equipment from existing Canadian Armed forces stocks and has entered into contracts with defense suppliers.

In Budget 2022, Canada allocated an additional $500 million in military aid for Ukraine for the 2022-23 fiscal years. The 155mm ammunition has been sourced from the United States at a cost of up to $98 million.

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is also assisting with the delivery of aid within Europe and, to date, has transported nearly two million pounds of military donations on behalf of our allies and partners.

Additionally, the CAF has deployed up to 150 members to Poland on a humanitarian mission, to assist with efforts to support and care for Ukrainians fleeing violence.

Canada has done all it can to prepare Ukraine for this fight. Since the start of Op UNIFIER in September of 2015, the CAF trained over 33,000 Ukrainian military and security personnel in battlefield tactics and advanced military skills. As the mission progressed, much of the direct training undertaken by CAF members transitioned to members of the Security Forces of Ukraine, with Canadians acting as advisors and mentors as well as assisting in the development of courses. Op UNIFIER was paused on February 12, 2022, and will resume when conditions allow.

Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, Canada has already provided Ukraine’s armed forces with machine guns, pistols, carbines, 1.5 million rounds of ammunition, sniper rifles, and various related equipment. Canada also has supplied 100 anti-armor weapons systems – Carl Gustav M2 recoilless rifles, and 2000 rounds of 84 mm ammunition to Ukraine.

In March 2022, the Government of Canada announced the donation of 390,000 Individual Meal Packs, and approximately 1600 fragmentation vests, which was followed the same month by 4500 M72 rocket launchers, and up to 7500 hand grenades, as well as $1 million towards the purchase of commercial satellite high resolution and modern imagery.

In April 2022, Canada delivered M777 155mm towed howitzers and associated ammunition, as well as additional Carl Gustaf anti-armor ammunition.

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