Canada Is Sending Anti-Tank Weapons & Ammunition For Ukraine To Use Against Russia

The government is working to deliver it as quickly as possible.

Justin Trudeau. Right: Canadian Parliament lit up in the colours of the Ukrainian flag.

Justin Trudeau. Right: Canadian Parliament lit up in the colours of the Ukrainian flag.

Federal leaders announced that Canada will be sending "even more lethal aid" to support the Ukrainian defence against the Russian military's invasion.

In a press conference on Monday, February 28, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke about what further steps are being taken.

"Today we are announcing that we will be supplying Ukraine with anti-tank weapons systems and upgraded ammunition," Trudeau said. "Of course, this is in addition to our three previous shipments of lethal and non-lethal equipment."

Canada's Minister of National Defence Anita Anand said the delivery of the previously announced non-lethal aid, which ranges from body armour to gas masks, will be facilitated by up to 50 Canadian Armed Forces personnel.

"We'll be sending 100 Carl-Gustaf anti-tank weapon systems and 2,000 rockets, which we will be working to deliver as quickly as possible in the coming days," Anand said, later adding that these weapons and ammunition will be taken from the CAF reserve.

She noted that Canada has been there for Ukraine's military and its people "since day one."

"Over the past few years, our Canadian Armed Forces have trained over 33,000 Ukrainian soldiers to help them prepare for the very type of attack that they are facing today," the minister said.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland also had strong words of condemnation for the Russian president.

"While brave Ukrainian civilians gamely learn how to make Molotov cocktails to defend their homes, one of the world's most brutal war machines is bombarding them," she said.

"Not content to terrorize his own people, President Vladimir Putin is seeking to impose his tyranny on his democratic, freedom-loving neighbours."

"He and his hangers-on have forfeited the right to partake in the global prosperity which we, the world's democracies, have built together," Freeland said

Also on February 28, Trudeau announced that Canadian financial institutions are now banned from doing transactions with the Russian Central Bank in an effort to restrict Putin's ability to "finance his war of choice."

This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

Sarah Rohoman
Sarah Rohoman is an Editor for Narcity Media focused on Canadian celebrities and is based in Toronto, Ontario.