Canada to send troops to Ukraine in non-combat role
Published Friday, April 10, 2015 6:25PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, April 10, 2015 7:02PM EDT
Canada will be sending troops to Ukraine to participate in a non-combat role in the region in the coming months.
CTV's Mercedes Stephenson reported the news Friday on Power Play.
"While the government is still working out the details, sources tell CTV News a training mission is one of the options on the table. Canada will likely work closely with American allies who are already in the region," Stephenson said.
Stephenson said senior Conservatives have been hinting at the possibility of an expanded mission for weeks, and the move will emphasize "Canada's strong anti-Putin stance and help shore up the Ukrainian government."
Canada has taken a clear stance against Russian military action in Ukraine, which it describes as an "illegal occupation." Canada has imposed sanctions against "those responsible for the ongoing crisis."
"Until Russia clearly demonstrates its respect for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, Canada will continue to work with its allies and like-minded countries to apply pressure that will further isolate Russia economically and politically," reads a statement on the Foreign Affairs website.