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Trudeau says heavy artillery is coming for Ukraine, but mom on specifics

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OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will not provide further details on his government’s commitment to send another round of military aid to Ukraine — at least not yet.

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The prime minister said on Wednesday he would not give details of what will be sent and where the government is getting it from, for security reasons.

Trudeau said he wanted to be careful what he makes public about the delivery of military equipment in the context of Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

He said he hoped to share more in the coming days on what is being sent to Ukraine.

“People understand that the delivery of military equipment in the context of an illegal war by Russia is something that we have to be a little bit careful about – what we broadcast and advertise and what we do,” Trudeau said during of a press conference in Kitchener, Ont.

“But in the next few days, I certainly hope to be able to share more about what is being sent and what has been sent.”

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Trudeau first announced on Tuesday that Canada would send heavy artillery to Ukraine in response to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s request.

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Earlier this month, Zelenskyy published a list of equipment the Ukrainian army would need to fight Russia, including 155 millimeter heavy artillery guns and ammunition.

The Liberal government has already tapped into the inventory of the Canadian Armed Forces to provide lethal aid to the Ukrainian military as it fights off a Russian invasion that began in late February and has so far killed thousands.

But Defense Minister Anita Anand hinted that the army’s spare parts inventory was depleted and that the government – which had earmarked $500 million in military aid for Ukraine in his last budget – planned to buy equipment from suppliers.

Trudeau said while the government promised more equipment for Ukraine, it would ensure that the Canadian military could contribute fully to NATO operations in Europe.

“As we support Ukraine, including with military equipment and ammunition, we are also ensuring that Canada continues to have the capability to operate – not only to defend Canada, but also to participate fully to NATO operations,” he said.