Ottawa — The army is moving troops from Ukraine, one of the most powerful signals that Russia’s invasion is imminent.
The Ministry of Defense says soldiers who were in Ukraine as part of their training mission have been temporarily relocated to other parts of Europe.
The department does not reveal where the soldiers went or how many moved for safety reasons.
According to a statement from the ministry, the movement of troops from Ukraine does not indicate the end of training missions aimed at strengthening the country’s security forces.
Instead, the ministry states that the move will allow the military to refocus its efforts in the face of Russia’s “injustice” against Ukraine.
Defense Minister Anita Anand states that Canada continues to be committed to supporting the Ukrainian people and helping their security forces improve their capabilities.
She added that the security of the Canadian Army’s army is a top priority and “this temporary relocation will ensure the safety of the Canadians.”
Russia has mobilized 100,000 troops on the border with Ukraine and is demanding a series of concessions from the NATO military alliance, including Canada.
Russia denies not wanting a war, but diplomatic negotiations between Moscow and the West could not resolve the conflict, and NATO leaders began warning of the conflict in Ukraine.
The announcement that the troops have moved from Ukraine will be made the day after Canada closed its embassy in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, and moved its diplomatic staff to a temporary office in Lviv, western part of the country.
Lviv has a Ukrainian military base that served as the main hub for training missions for 200 Canadian soldiers in the former Soviet Union.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sought to reassure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that Canada was standing with his country.
A summary of the conversation between Trudeau and Zelensky, provided by the Prime Minister’s Office, showed that Canadian leaders had once again promised to impose economic sanctions on Russia in response to the invasion of Ukraine.