Ukraine to extend mission of military instructors from Canada
Ukraine is negotiating with the Canadian government to extend the period of stay and expand the geography of operation of the training mission of the UNIFIER operation, Ukraine's Ambassador to Canada Andriy Shevchenko has said.
"The UNIFIER mission was launched in 2015, continued in 2017 and is now officially scheduled until March 31, 2019. We started work with the Canadian government to extend the duration of this mission in Ukraine, I think we have good chances," the ambassador said in an exclusive interview with Interfax-Ukraine.
According to him, the Ukrainian side is talking about expanding their presence.
"We think how it is possible to make this training program more flexible and better use the fact that Sweden and Denmark joined UNIFIER," Shevchenko said.
The diplomat also added that Ukraine and Canada are actively negotiating arms deliveries.
UNIFIER is a Canadian mission in Ukraine. All training measures with the Armed Forces of Ukraine are coordinated with the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and aimed at enhancing Ukraine's capacity to protect territorial integrity and sovereignty.