Canadian instructors to train Kiev forces to use Stinger systems

Canadian instructors will train future Ukrainian air defense units that are going to be equipped with Stinger man-portable air-defense system, LPR People’s Militia official spokesperson Ivan Filiponenko said.

"Ukrainian command is urgently forming air-defense units on the basis of the 1129th air defense regiment in Belaya Tserkov, the units will receive Stinger man-portable air-defense systems. Canadian instructors will carry out the training," he said.

Earlier Canada said that it's going to relocate its military instructors involved in the Unifier training mission from Ukraine to other European countries due to a "rapidly evolving and complex operational environment".

LPR chief-of-staff Jan Leschenko reported earlier that the Ukrainian armed forces prepare for active military action in Donbass, and make sure the amassment of forces is carried out in secret. Nevertheless, currently Ukraine is not ready to launch a full-fledged offensive along the entire line of contact.

The Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014. Conflict settlement relies on the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements, signed on February 12, 2015 in the Belarussian capital by the Contact Group members and coordinated by the Normandy Four heads of states (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine). The document provides for ceasefire and withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line. *t


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