Bezan Arrives in Ukraine to Deliver Non-lethal Security Assistance
Friday, August 8, 2014 - Kyiv, Ukraine - James Bezan, Parliamentary
Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, arrives in Ukraine on board a
CC-130J Hercules—the first of a series of flights delivering non-lethal
military equipment that Ukraine will be able to use to secure and protect its
eastern border against Russian aggression, as announced by Prime Minister
Stephen Harper on August 7, 2014.
“It is a great pleasure to be back in Ukraine as a part of
Canada’s swift, targeted and unequivocal response to Russian expansionism and
militarism in Ukraine,” said Bezan. “Canada will not stand by in the face of
this threat, which is why I am pleased today to highlight further action that
Canada is taking in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and their security
forces in harm’s way.
“This equipment—which includes helmets, ballistic eyewear,
protective vests, first aid kits, tents and sleeping bags—will provide physical
and medical protection to those on the front lines against the insurgency.
“The logistical equipment provided will allow Ukrainian
security and border authorities to better detect and track the movement of
illicit goods and people. It is what Ukraine has asked us for, and we are
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