Trudeau’s communication of expanded military missions in Ukraine may show the focus of additional special forces


The Government of Canada announced on January 26 that it would expand and expand its military mission in Ukraine to train local troops. The keywords used by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may indicate an increasing role for the country’s special forces.

The current Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Op UNIFIER mission involves approximately 200 personnel. At a press conference on January 26, Trudeau said the expansion would allow an additional 60 troops to be deployed within a few days, eventually increasing the mission to 400. The mission has also been extended for another three years.

When asked if the Canadian Army would participate in the battle, Trudeau said: Canadian troops will be there for advice and support. “

It is worth noting that Trudeau uses the term “advice and support.” In military terms, this type of mission is usually separate from training and is the responsibility of the special forces.

The use of the term “advice and support” could not be found online in connection with Op UNIFIER, but was used in official documents to explain what the Canadian Army is doing in Iraq. ..

“OpIMPACT includes highly specialized CAF members of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command. They provide training, advice and assistance for Iraqi security forces to develop military skills.” Said the mission’s online fact sheet.

Under these specific conditions of a “training, advice and support” mission, members of Canada’s most elite military unit, the Joint Task Force-2, shot snipers at a distance of 3,540 meters in Iraq in 2017. I broke the world record.

“As mentioned many times in the past, members of the Canadian Special Operations Forces do not accompany key combat elements, but enable Iraqi security forces on tough combat missions,” a Defense Ministry (DND) statement said. Obtained The Globe and Mail said at the time.

“This takes the form of advice in planning their operations and support to defeat Daesh through the use of coalition resources.”

The involvement of Canadian special operations forces in Ukraine was already known. Global News reported on the issue in mid-January, a DND spokesperson said:[The Canadian Special Operations Forces Command] It is part of a broader military effort to support Ukrainian security forces. “

Global reported that spokespersons have stated that Canadian Special Forces have provided training and “instructor and leadership expertise” to Ukrainian responders since 2020. training.

In addition, the Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR) has a different mission than the Joint Task Force-2 (JTF-2) and is more consistent with the US Green Berets, but the JTF-2 is similar to the US Delta Force. I am. Has expertise in “advice and support”.

“We are trained to guide our actions from advice and support and adapt to a dynamic security environment,” says Unit Online. Fact sheet..

The Epoch Times contacted DND to see if Op UNIFIER was always a train, advice, and support mission, or if it was changed to include advice and support. At the time of publication, DND has not replied.

Advice and support usually goes beyond training and may include the military involved in the operation in the role of support, or even the implementation of dynamic operations such as the aforementioned sniper operations.

“Important announcement”

At a press conference, Trudeau was accompanied by Deputy Minister Chrystia Freeland, Foreign Minister Melanie Joly, and Defense Minister Anita Anand, all trying to portray Canada’s involvement in the situation in Ukraine as important.

This effort will cost Canadian taxpayers $ 340 million and will include providing Ukraine with non-lethal equipment, intelligence and a means of combating cyberattacks. $ 50 million was also allocated to development and humanitarian aid, but it was not clear if this would be included in $ 340 million.

Recently, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared to have closed the door to that option after leaving the possibility of sending weapons open and being forced by conservatives to do so.

When repeatedly pressured during a press conference about why Canada wasn’t sending weapons, Trudeau said he was committed to a diplomatic solution.

“We know that the solution to this tension must be diplomatic rather than military, so we continue to show a firm stance with the Ukrainian people while promoting a peaceful solution. “Trudeau said.

Trudeau and Freeland also argued that Canada’s support for Ukraine is a matter of national interest.

“Restrictions on progress are a threat not only to Ukrainians, but to all of us who believe in the right of citizens to elect the government and choose the direction of the country,” Trudeau said.

“We are facing a conflict between democracy and authoritarianism,” Freeland said. “We are talking about the importance of order based on international rules. We are talking about the right of sovereign states to control their borders and their foreign policy. For the Canadian people … We are proud of Canada. We are the 10th largest economy in the world, but not one of the world’s greatest powers. That is why we have direct national interests and are on this issue. I have a clear interest. “

Noe Chartier

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Noé Charter is a Montreal-based Epoch Times reporter.