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Canadian troops are heading to Poland to help Ukrainian refugees – Canada News

Cdn troops are heading to Poland

The Canadian Press – April 14, 2022 / 6:55 am | History: 366018

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Members of the Canadian Armed Forces will leave a military base in Ontario this week to help care for, coordinate and resettle Ukrainian refugees in Poland.

Defense Secretary Anita Anand is expected to announce this morning that troops from the Trenton Canadian base will be deployed soon after an intelligence team visited Poland last week to plan the mission.

A government source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said troops would help care for and coordinate Ukrainian refugees, more than 2.6 million of whom fled to Poland after Russia’s invasion in February.

They will also help Ukrainians leave Poland for other destinations.

Canada has given priority to applications for immigration from Ukraine and created a special program that allows Ukrainian citizens and their families to come to Canada and work or study for three years.

The Canadian military previously had 260 military instructors in Poland after being evacuated from Ukraine shortly before Russia began its invasion on February 24.

The trainers provided some humanitarian assistance during the first weeks of the conflict, but were then relocated to Canada on a temporary basis, according to the military.

Since the beginning of the war, Canada has provided millions of dollars in loans to the Ukrainian government, along with military weapons and equipment for its military.

He also sanctioned hundreds of Russian political and business leaders and called on the International Criminal Court to investigate the country for war crimes and crimes against humanity.