Canadian trainers learn lessons of their own instructing hard-pressed Ukrainians

OTTAWA - A fresh batch of Canadian military trainers is about to deploy to eastern Europe, and the outgoing commander says his soldiers took a lot of their own notes in addition to handing out assignments to Ukrainian troops.

See Full Article

Lt.-Col. Jason Guiney, who is about to end his five-month stint, says even though their training bases are 1,200 kilometres away from the fighting in the breakaway eastern regions, his troops have had a close look and learned a lot about the kind of conflict that's being fought.

He says it's a wake-up call for the Canadian military as an institution.

Guiney says -- by dealing with Ukrainian troops -- they've had an upclose look at how Moscow-backed separatists have mixed high-tech Russian weaponry, cyber attacks, propaganda, conventional warfare and insurgency warfare into a toxic, deadly campaign.

Up to 200 Canadian trainers are teaching regular Ukrainian army units infantry combat skills, battlefield medical treatment and how to diffuse and dispose of roadside bombs.

Separately, a contingent of military police is working in Kyiv mentoring counterparts there.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Scottish voters could be the key to thwarting Brexit in U.K. election

    World News CTV News
    TORONTO -- As voters in the United Kingdom head to the polls later this week, Scotland could be the key determinant for the future of Brexit. Scotland represents 59 seats in the U.K. Parliament, meaning voters in the region could deprive Conservative Party Leader Boris Johnson of the majority government that he needs in order to quickly pass his proposal for Brexit. Source
  • Canadian describes unease on cruise ship after deadly volcanic eruption

    World News CTV News
    TORONTO -- A Canadian man is among thousands of cruise ship passengers docked in a New Zealand port after a nearby volcano erupted, killing at least five people and leaving eight others missing – some of whom may be fellow travellers. Source
  • Canadian aboard New Zealand cruise spotted smoke from deadly volcano

    World News CTV News
    TORONTO -- A Canadian man is among thousands of cruise ship passengers docked in a New Zealand port after a nearby volcano erupted, killing at least five people and leaving eight others missing – some of whom may be fellow travellers. Source
  • Report: U.S. misled public on progress in Afghanistan war

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government across three White House administrations misled the public about failures in the Afghanistan war, often suggesting success where it didn't exist, according to thousands of pages of documents obtained by The Washington Post. Source
  • Inventor of the bar code, George Laurer, has died at age 94

    World News CBC News
    George J. Laurer, whose invention of the Universal Product Code at IBM transformed retail and other industries around the world, has died. He was 94. A funeral was held on Monday for Laurer, who died Thursday at his home in Wendell, N.C. Source
  • Families of crash passengers want wider review of Boeing Max

    World News CTV News
    The head of the Federal Aviation Administration will face questions about whether the agency is too cozy with Boeing when he testifies this week before a congressional panel. The chairman of the House Transportation Committee says he plans to ask FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson about Boeing's influence over the FAA's Seattle office and incidents in which FAA managers vetoed the concerns of the agency's own safety experts. Source
  • Caught on camera: Woman pushed out of wheelchair in thwarted theft attempt

    World News CTV News
    TORONTO -- An Arizona man wearing reindeer slippers was arrested after he allegedly tried to rob a woman of her wheelchair while on a light-rail train. According to a series of Facebook posts from the Phoenix Police Department, the suspect was “NOT spreading Christmas cheer. Source
  • Walmart Canada pulls sweater of Santa with what looks like cocaine

    Canada News CBC News
    Walmart Canada apologized on Monday for listing on its website an intentionally ugly Christmas sweater that featured an illustration appearing to depict Santa getting ready to snort cocaine. Users on Twitter had noticed the offer a few days earlier and started posting screengrabs and links to the merchandise. Source
  • Officers 'not negligent' in overdose death of B.C. teen that went viral, police watchdog says

    Canada News CBC News
    The delayed response of two police officers in finding a 14-year-old boy who died from an overdose at a Langley, B.C., park last summer did not play a role in his death, according to a report released Monday by the province's police watchdog. Source
  • Teen runaway found 'camping' inside Bed, Bath & Beyond

    World News CTV News
    GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Employees at a Bed, Bath & Beyond in North Carolina discovered an uninvited sleepover guest hiding in the store when they opened up. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the Greenville store employees called local police around 8:30 a.m. Source