Commander of the Canadian Army visits soldiers on Operation UNIFIER

News Release

July 16, 2017 – Kyiv, Ukraine – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

The Commander of the Canadian Army, Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, travelled to Ukraine this week to meet with soldiers who are deployed on Operation UNIFIER. While there, the Commander of the Canadian Army observed training activities at both the engineer training school in Kamyanets-Podilsky, and the Peace Support Training Centre near Lviv, where he also held a town hall with deployed Canadian soldiers.

During his visit, Lieutenant-General Wynnyk, joined by the Ukraine Land Force Chief of Staff, Lieutenant-General Naev Sergii, also participated in a roundtable meeting with senior Ukrainian Land Forces staff.

Canada is unwavering in its support to Ukraine, both in helping to preserve and protect Ukraine’s sovereignty, and in providing assistance to Ukraine to implement key reforms.

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Major Chris Hartwick (right) of Joint Task Force – Ukraine  listens-in as officers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces brief their troops prior to a live-fire training scenario at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre in Starychi, Ukraine, on June 22, 2017. Photo: Joint Task Force – Ukraine ©2017 DND/MDN Canada


“I’m extremely proud of the men and women of the Canadian Army who have displayed outstanding professionalism in supporting our partner. This visit further solidifies the Canadian Army’s already strong relationship with the Ukrainian Armed Forces. In speaking with our soldiers, the Army Sergeant Major, Chief Warrant Officer Alain Guimond and I were told time and again of the deep appreciation our members have to be a part of this significant mission. This is a mutually beneficial relationship where, in addition to providing training to Ukrainian soldiers, we are also learning from our Ukrainian counterparts based on their recent experiences.”

—   Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, Commander Canadian Army

Quick Facts

  • Operation UNIFIER is part of Canada’s response to requests from the Government of Ukraine, where the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), with support from Global Affairs Canada, is providing military training and capacity building to Ukrainian forces’ personnel to support Ukraine in its efforts to maintain sovereignty, security, and stability.

  • As of July 1, 2017, the CAF Joint Task Force-Ukraine has trained more than 4780 Ukrainian soldiers. There have been more than 111 course serials that covered various training, including explosive ordnance disposal, small team training, Military Police training on military service of Law and Order, flight safety, medical, and logistics systems modernization. 

  • Canada currently has approximately 200 CAF members deployed to Ukraine, the majority of which are from the 3rd Canadian Division. The Canadian mission to Ukraine will continue until the end of March 2019. 

  • Canadian Armed Forces members showcase their expertise and professionalism as they provide military training that enhances peace support operations, interoperability, institutional capacity building, and professional development of Ukrainian Armed Forces personnel. 

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