OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada will contribute C$33 million ($24.5 million) to a British-led partnership that is buying air defense equipment for Ukraine to help it fend off Russian missile and drone attacks, Defence Minister Bill Blair said on Sunday.
In a statement, Blair said the contribution was part of the
C$500 million worth of military aid for Kyiv that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in June.
Canada, home to one of the world’s largest Ukrainian diasporas, is a vocal supporter of Kyiv. Since Russia invaded in February 2022, Ottawa has committed over C$8 billion in aid, including around C$1.8 billion in military assistance.
The partnership, which also includes the United States, the Netherlands and Denmark, aims to buy hundreds of short- and medium-range air defense missiles and associated systems.
($1 = 1.3523 Canadian dollars)
(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by David Gregorio)