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.

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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.


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