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Jason Kenney, speaking on CBC’s Power and Politics, echoed Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s comments in saying that “all options are on the table” when it comes to opposing Russian interference in eastern Ukraine, but was more specific on the issue of training.
The commander of the U.S. Army Europe, Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, said Wednesday a battalion of U.S. soldiers would train three battalions of Ukrainians from the Interior Ministry at the Yavariv training centre in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv.
The six-month combat mission against ISIS expires by late March and Kenny, who was appointed this week to the portfolio, says the Conservative government hasn’t made up its mind whether to extend it, ask Parliament for a different mandate — or even if an extension would be put before MPs.
The language is similar to what the Harper government has been saying to justify the actions of special forces trainers, who have been guiding in air strikes for Kurdish peshmerga fighters, and they’ve also been engaged in three defensive firefights.