Min­is­ter hints at more help for Ukraine

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

OT­TAWA — De­fence Min­is­ter Har­jit Sa­j­jan says the fed­eral gov­ern­ment is con­cerned about a new out­break of fight­ing in Ukraine and is look­ing at ways to im­prove Canada’s mil­i­tary sup­port to the coun­try.

Gov­ern­ment forces and Rus­sian­backed rebels have traded heavy fire in east­ern Ukraine over the last few days, killing at least 19 peo­ple and in­jur­ing dozens more.

The surge in vi­o­lence is threat­en­ing to over­turn a two-year-old cease­fire that has been re­peat­edly bro­ken by both sides, but helped min­i­mize blood­shed.

Canada sent about 200 troops to Ukraine in the sum­mer of 2015 to help train gov­ern­ment forces, but the mis­sion is set to ex­pire at the end of March.

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