Canadian troops join NATO exercises in Poland
May 5, 2014
Fifty soldiers from Canada arrived in Poland on Friday to take part alongside Polish and American counterparts in US-led military exercises in Swidwin, northwestern Poland, May 5-9, as part of NATO response to Russian aggression towards Ukraine.
"The (Vladimir) Putin regime's persistent military aggression and its ongoing illegal occupation of Crimea and other parts of Ukraine threaten the stability and security of central and eastern Europe," Canadian PM Stephen Harper said.
The deployment comes just days after Ottawa sent a warship and six fighter jets to the region, as part of NATO's efforts to step up its defenses in Eastern Europe due to increase in violent actions in eastern Ukraine in the last days. Many rebels got killed and wounded as the interim government in Kyiv launched its first major offensive against an insurgency that has seized government buildings across the east.