Minister Sajjan Visits Ukraine

Ukraine’s defense minister Stepan Poltorak (R) and his Canadian counterpart Harjit Singh Sajjan walk along the honour guard line during a red-carpet welcome, September 28. Kyiv Post

NP-UN National Affairs Desk.

On September 28 Minister of National Defence Harjit S. Sajjan concluded his second visit to Ukraine, during which he reaffirmed Canada’s steadfast commitment to the country.

On arrival in Kyiv, the Minister was met by Ukrainian soldiers who welcomed him with an Honour Guard.

Following this, Minister Sajjan met with Ukrainian Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak to discuss Canadian-Ukrainian defence relations, and to reinforce Canada’s commitment to Ukrainian sovereignty and security. The meeting was an opportunity to take stock of the progress made since the Canada-Ukraine Defence Cooperation Arrangement was signed in April of this year and to discuss areas of further defence cooperation.

While in Kyiv, the Minister visited an innovative unit that utilises the expertise ‎of engaged Ukrainians to enhance communications and intelligence capabilities.

Minister Sajjan also travelled to Lviv where he visited Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel deployed on Operation Unifier, Canada’s military training and capacity building mission in Ukraine. There he witnessed CAF personnel working alongside their Ukrainian counterparts, was provided an update on the progress of Operation Unifier, and participated in a town hall discussion with Canadian troops.

“The Government of Canada remains fully committed to Ukraine and the Ukrainian people as they work to build a more secure, stable, and prosperous country. I am proud of the ongoing collaboration between our two military forces and look forward to sustained cooperation between our two countries. The people of Ukraine can rest assured that we will continue to stand in solidarity with you,” stated Sajjan.