Today Canada began delivering military aid to Ukraine, helping to provide non-lethal support to Ukraine’s forces including bullet-proof vest, helmets, medical kits, surveillance equipment.
Ihor Kozak, a graduate of the prestigious Royal Military College of Canada who served Canada as a decorated officer in the Canadian Forces had this to say about Canada’s involvement:
Dear Minister, Members of Parliament, Ambassador, Commander of 8 Wing Trenton, Mayor of Quinte West, Reverend Fathers, Distinguished Representatives of the Ukrainian-Canadian community, Ladies & Gentlemen:
I am truly honoured to be here with you today as a proud Canadian, as a proud Ukrainian-Canadian, and as a proud member of this family we call the Canadian Forces. This event is especially significant to me as Trenton was my very first posting, from where I deployed to operational theaters, and where I had many unique opportunities to host our counterparts from the Ukrainian Armed Forces visiting Canada on Open Skies missions.
Over the past several months, the people of Ukraine have been fighting, and unfortunately dying, for the very same values we, Canadians, cherish so much – freedom above all, but also democracy, the rule of law, human rights and a better future for their children. Recently, the MH17 tragedy clearly demonstrated that this Russia-sponsored terrorism is not Ukraine’s or even Europe’s problem alone.
Right from the onset of the Ukraine crisis, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, supported by the Parliament and the Canadian society at large, have adopted the most principled position on the issue within the G7, and have been steadfast in their increasing support for Ukraine – political, financial, and now with this important military life-saving equipment. On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of my fellow Ukrainian-Canadians and millions of our brothers and sisters overseas, I would like to express our deep gratitude to the Government of Canada and to all of you for this much needed help, and for doing the right thing. We also strongly encourage Canada to stay the course in maintaining its leadership role in assisting Ukraine and in challenging Putin’s regime, thus standing up for global peace, stability and security, and for our Canadian values. God bless Canada, God bless Ukraine, and God bless us all.