Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly announced on Sunday that Canada will send an additional $25 million worth of protective equipment to Ukraine.

Joly told a virtual press conference that the equipment will include body armor, helmets, gas masks and night vision equipment, as requested by Ukraine.

“We will send more,” Jolly said, adding that Canada is working with allies to “stifle” the Russian regime.

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She also said that the Russian regime is being hit from every angle for its ongoing attacks on Ukraine and that “soon they will have nowhere left to hide.”

Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand also announced that from Sunday, additional airlift support facilitated by the Canadian Armed Forces has been approved.

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She said the first plane will leave for Europe on Monday to be used by NATO to deliver protective equipment to Ukraine.

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Anand said Canada will also provide Ukraine with cybersecurity experts, including cyber threat intelligence, to help Ukraine defend its networks against cyberattacks.

The Associated Press reported that Ukrainian government and banking websites were taken offline with another wave of distributed denial of service attacks on February 23. The targets included the Ministries of Defence, Foreign Affairs and Interior, as well as Privatbank, the country’s largest commercial bank. Bank.

“Cyberattacks are increasingly part of modern warfare. I want to reassure Canadians that we have the tools to keep Canadians and Canada’s cyber environment safe,” said Anand.

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Russian-Ukrainian conflict: the Canadian Minister of Defense once again rules out a combat mission

Russian-Ukrainian conflict: the Canadian Minister of Defense once again rules out a combat mission

She again ruled out the possibility of a combat mission where Canadian troops would be sent to fight in Ukraine. However, she said the lethal aid previously sent to Ukraine had been delivered in full.

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The lethal equipment and ammunition sent earlier in February was worth $7.8 million.

Anand said there remain 3,400 Canadian military personnel from all branches who are ready to deploy to the NATO response force if called upon.

Asked by the press about Putin’s next steps, she replied that “only Putin knows what Putin will do.”

In the meantime, she said Canada would work hard with its allies to deliver the protective gear as quickly as possible.

“The world has undoubtedly become a more dangerous place, (even) when those dangers can sometimes seem distant to Canadians,” she said.

“Our insularity is eroding as geopolitical fractures…sow chaos and uncertainty in these tumultuous times. We must come together as a country and redouble our efforts to support our allies and trusted international partners.

-With files from the Associated Press

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