Canada sends eight armored vehicles to Ukraine

Canada will soon send eight armored vehicles to Ukraine, which constantly requests heavy armament to repel the Russian army in the east of the country. The government also wants to secure the funds to resell the assets seized from the hands of Russian oligarchs.

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The equipment is not being pulled from Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) inventory, but is being sourced externally, a federal government source confirmed to the QMI Agency on Tuesday.

“Today we announce that Canada has secured a contract for eight armored vehicles manufactured by Roshel and we will deliver them to our Ukrainian friends as soon as possible,” Defense Minister Anita Anand said on Twitter.

Roshel is a military equipment manufacturer specializing in the production of intelligent armored vehicles based in Mississauga, a suburb of Toronto.

This is one of Canada’s largest shipments of heavy equipment since the Russian attack on Ukraine began.

At the same time, a summit meeting was held at which the leaders of the armed forces of about forty countries met in Germany to agree on a defense strategy for the allied countries against Russia.

Minister Anand attended the meeting chaired by Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin and Ukraine’s defense chief Oleksii Reznikov.

MM Austin and Reznikov asked the countries present to increase their participation by supplying more deadly weapons to Ukraine.

American pressure appears to be bearing fruit, as earlier in the day Germany pledged to send up to 50 anti-aircraft vehicles to Ukraine.

In its budget unveiled earlier this month, the federal government pledged to provide President Volodymyr Zelenskyy with $500 million in military aid.

Resell confiscated assets

Also, the government included in a budget implementation law the ability to resell any assets it could confiscate to oligarchs and other Russians on its blacklist.

Currently, Ottawa can confiscate and freeze these assets, but not do with them as it pleases.

The new law would also allow the government to require financial institutions to provide lists of assets held by data subjects, where appropriate.

One of the problems that authorities around the world face is identifying properties owned by Russians on their lists.

Several countries have already confiscated assets from oligarchs. France, Spain and Italy, for example, have already got their hands on yachts.

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