NATO plane arrives in Ukraine with $4.5 mn worth of military aid for Kiev troops (VIDEO)



A massive Canadian transport plane has arrived in Kharkov carrying
US$4.5 million worth of non-lethal military equipment to help Ukraine
“protect its eastern border against Russian aggression.”


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The equipment includes “helmets, ballistic eyewear,
protective vests, first aid kits, tents, and sleeping bags,”
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement on
Thursday.

Canada said it received the request from the Ukrainian
government. “Ukraine has asked for this and once again we are
delivering," Defence Minister Rob Nicholson Nicholson said
at the Canadian Forces Base in Trenton.

The flight marks the first in a series, and all of the items will
be delivered by the CC-130J Hercules plane. Canadian military
personnel accompanied the equipment to Ukraine.

The technology provided will “allow Ukrainian security and
border authorities to better detect and track the movement of
illicit goods and people,” according to Harper.

The news comes after Russia banned the imports of fruit,
vegetables, meat, fish, and dairy products from the 28 countries
of the EU, the US, Canada, Norway, and Australia for one year.

Russia’s ban is set to cost Canadian pork farmers more than $500
million. But the Canadian government is continuing its current
stance on the matter. “We will not be intimidated by these
kinds of tactics,” Canadian Industry Minister James Moore
said.

On Thursday, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen pledged
that NATO will work with Ukraine on defense planning, as well as
on how to reform its armed forces and institutions.

He also announced that NATO is planning joint exercises with
Ukraine.The comments were made during a press conference in Kiev.

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Rasmussen also mentioned that Russia has amassed 20,000 troops
near the border and could be planning a ground invasion of its
neighbor, mentioning that Russia "should not use
peace-keeping as an excuse for war-making."

In response, Moscow slammed NATO’s claims, calling them
unsubstantiated.

"In Russia’s Ministry of Defense such statements only raise
sympathy for the speakers of the Pentagon, the US State
Department and NATO. It seems the people are serious, but they
have to constantly improvise during their speeches to somehow add
seriousness to their statements," Ministry of Defense
spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said.

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