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Canada to provide $33 million to help buy air defenses for Ukraine

Canada will contribute $33 million to a U.K.-led partnership that will buy air defense equipment from Ukraine to help it fend off Russian missile and drone attacks, the defense minister said Sunday , Bill Blair.

In a statement, Blair said the contribution was part of $500 million in military aid to kyiv announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in June.

Canada, home to one of the largest Ukrainian diasporas in the world, is a strong supporter of Kyiv. Since the Russian invasion in February 2022, Ottawa has committed more than $8 billion in aid, including about $1.8 billion in military assistance.

The partnership, which also includes the United States, the Netherlands and Denmark, aims to purchase hundreds of short- and medium-range air defense missiles and associated systems.

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