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 Canada to possibly extend its military training in Ukraine, - media

The Canadian deployment in Ukraine is to end in March 2017 and is expected to be prolonged.

Censor.NET reports citing The Star.

Canada's military is facing a critical few weeks as the federal government weighs renewed deployments to Iraq and Ukraine, ponders the fate of a long-awaited peace mission, lays out a new vision for the armed forces and decides the budget to pay for it all.

It all sets the stage for what promises to be a busy year for Canadian soldiers - one that could leave supply lines stretched - as they continue ongoing deployments in eastern Europe, the Middle East, embark on a new mission to Latvia and finally move ahead on the peace mission that could take them to Africa.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan used his oft-repeated line Tuesday that the Liberal government is taking the time it needs.

"We want to make sure that we actually spend the time to get the analysis right and that it goes through the appropriate government process before we make any announcements," Sajjan said after a cabinet meeting.

In the meantime though, the defence department hangs in limbo as it waits for announcements.

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"There's a lot of uncertainty," said Dave Perry, a senior analyst with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

Military deployments to Ukraine and Iraq are due to expire in March though observers expect both missions to be extended.

The former Conservative government dispatched 200 Canadian troops to Ukraine in 2015 in a non-combat role to train local soldiers, as part of efforts to bolster eastern European countries in the wake of Russia's annexation of Crimea. It's expected that a renewed mission in Ukraine will be announced soon.

"Canada is dedicated to the future good fortune of Ukraine. I am preparing options for the government to consider," Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff, said last week.
 
 
 
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