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Canadian troops are being deployed to Poland on a humanitarian mission. Nation World News

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces are being deployed to Poland on a humanitarian mission to support Ukrainian refugees who have fled the Russian invasion.

During an announcement at Canadian Forces Base Trenton on Thursday morning, Defense Minister Anita Anand said the mission would “help ensure that Ukrainians fleeing the war receive the best support.”

“Our Canadian Armed Forces will continue to advance and provide safe haven and welcome the people of Ukraine with open arms,” ​​he said.

Anand has authorized 150 soldiers to join the mission, but only about 100 will be deployed for the time being. They will assist in the processing of refugees, as well as provide medical support services.

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Anand said most troops would come from Edmonton and Kingston, Ontario and would be deployed from CFB Trenton in the coming days.

The mission is in response to a request from the Polish government as it attempts to grapple with a large influx of Ukrainians fleeing the war.

More than 4.7 million Ukrainians have fled to neighboring countries since Russia’s invasion began in February. More than half of them – about 2.7 million – have fled to Poland.

Krakow, the country’s second largest city with 800,000 residents, has turned into a city of nearly a million within weeks after the arrival of some 150,000 displaced Ukrainians.

Members of the CAF were in Poland last week to assist with the refugee crisis and were investigating the possibility of deploying troops there.

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The government last month launched a special immigration program that would allow refugees from Ukraine to live and work in Canada for three years, promising to take in “unlimited” numbers of refugees fleeing Russia’s war.

Budget promises more military aid

The federal budget presented last week pledged an additional $500 million in military aid to Ukraine.

Anand said on Thursday that part of that aid would come from Canada’s existing inventory while the other part would need to be procured.

“We are actively engaged with multiple suppliers regarding additional purchases,” said Anand.

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