A senior Ukrainian government official urges Canada to step up support for the Eastern European country as it faces a renewed threat from Russian forces along its border.
Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s Defense and National Security Council, said on Sunday that the country needed more help defending itself as Russia massed troops and military equipment near Ukraine.
He warned that Russia’s actions threaten the peace and security not only of Ukraine but of the entire world and could start a war unless swift action is taken.
“If we don’t stop (Russian President Vladimir Putin) now, then a third world war is coming,” Danilov said in an interview via a translator. “Not a cold war, a hot war.”
His comments at the Halifax International Security Forum come as Ukraine seeks greater support from its allies amid Russia’s growing presence near the Ukrainian border, as well as its membership in the alliance. NATO.
Canada is currently conducting a training mission in Ukraine which is expected to run until the end of March 2022.
Danilov expressed confidence that Canada will renew its mission and hopes that cooperation between countries will be strengthened.
“We are negotiating an extension of these programs and trying to improve cooperation as much as possible,” he said. “We’re here to get that extra help. “
A recent report that potentially complicates Canada’s ongoing operations in Ukraine revealed that far-right radicals in the Ukrainian military were boasting on social media that they had received training from the Canadian Armed Forces.
The study from George Washington University in Washington, DC, found that Centuria members received training from Canada, among other NATO countries, and participated in joint military exercises.
Centuria is a group that maintains links with far-right movements, worships Nazi figures and aims to protect what it calls Europe’s “ethnic identity”, according to the Institute of Studies report. European, Russian and Eurasian.
Roman Mashovets, senior adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on security and defense issues, said the Ukrainian government is concerned about the issue and is monitoring it closely.
He said Ukraine has conducted its own investigation, which is expected to be released soon, which uncovered a misunderstanding involving a student movement, which has never been officially linked to Centuria.
“They have created a sort of secret community… without any connection to a far-right movement,” said Mashovets, deputy head of the President’s office of Ukraine for national security and defense.
Meanwhile, he said Ukraine would like to see the scale of Canada’s mission in the country increase and expand beyond infantry training.
Mashovets also reiterated Ukraine’s desire to become a member of NATO.
Brett Bundale, The Canadian Press