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Putin’s Next Headache: Canada Admits to Providing Heavy Artillery to Ukraine

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On Friday, Canada joined France in announcing the delivery of heavy artillery to Ukraine.

On Friday, Canada joined France in announcing the delivery of heavy artillery to Ukraine. It comes just days after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to send more weaponry to the Ukrainian security forces to assist in fighting off Russian troops presently advancing across the Donbas region.

Trudeau said on Wednesday that he was assisting Ukraine and would provide additional supplies, but could not give specifics.

“Their most recent ask was exactly for that, for heavy artillery, for reasons of operations security…I can’t go into the details at this point on how and what we’re getting to them exactly,” he said.

What Did Canada Send to Ukraine?

CBS News reported this week that four of Canada’s relatively new M777 howitzers have been sent to the Ukrainian military.

Three Canadian defense officials spoke to the news outlet on the condition of anonymity, stating that four of Canada’s 37 howitzers that were purchased during the Afghanistan war would be deployed to Ukraine.

On Friday, a press release from Defense Minister Anita Anand confirmed the shipment but didn’t provide any additional information. The statement simply said that a “number” of howitzers had been sent as part of a combined effort with the United States.

The statement also said that Canada had provided additional ammunition to Ukraine, but again did not provide specifics.

Anand also insisted that the decision will not hurt the Canadian military, with all equipment taken from Canadian inventory being replaced.

“While this equipment comes from the inventory of the Canadian Armed Forces, the capability will be replenished,” Anand said.

The howitzers are understood to be coming from the 1ST Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery.

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Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, fire a M777 towed 155 mm Howitzer on Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq, Aug. 10, 2019. The Soldiers conducted a fire mission to disrupt known enemy positions. As long as Daesh presents a threat, Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve remains committed to enabling its defeat. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Spc. DeAndre Pierce)

Multi-Domain Fires

A Soldier conducts registration and calibration for the M777A2 howitzer weapon system in Syria, Sept. 30, 2021. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Isaiah J Scott

U.S. Army Hypersonic

Third Platoon, Bravo Battery of the Automatic Battalion, 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery Regiment, lit up the Zabul province night by firing illumination from their M777A2, 155 mm howitzer at suspected enemy movements from FOB Pasab, Zharay District, Zabul province, Afghanistan, July 20, 2011. Photo by Sgt. Christopher McCann

On Friday, Ukraine’s Zelenskyy said that NATO forces were delivering the kind of heavy artillery and weapons he has been requesting for weeks, and insisted that the efforts will help save the lives of thousands of people remaining in Ukraine.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. Alex

    April 24, 2022 at 2:24 pm

    Only one question: will these weapons be destroyed again in warehouses in Ukraine and will the people’s militia of Donbass manage to take at least something?

  2. Scott Henthorne

    April 24, 2022 at 3:42 pm

    “Admits”? That’s a very poor word choice. Canada has been quite open about its support of Ukraine. Your first sentence states “Canada joins France in ANNOUNCING…” [emphasis added]. Time for a rewrite.

  3. CK

    April 24, 2022 at 4:57 pm

    They will take a pounding, that’s for sure, about the only thing they’ve managed to take recently.

  4. sprinter

    April 24, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    Putin seems to be getting a lot of headaches recently, what with having to hide true Russian casualty statistics, pretending that a special operation in Ukraine is not a war, even though casualties in Ukraine make Afghanistan look like a special operation instead of its official listing as a war.

    What with Syrian and Libyan mercenaries being slaughtered by the Ukrainians. What did the russians think was going to happen when they transplant mercenaries to an unfamiliar landscape and climate?
    So far the heavy artillery donated by multiple countries, should be enough for one every three miles of the frontline.

    The invading russians are in big trouble because 155mm howitzers use a more powerful shell than the Russian artillery.

    The o oh slim chance the russians have is finding a magic lamp, rubbing the lamp, finding a genie, and making three wishes! I

    The RUSSIANS are in danger of being like the lobster in lukewarm water and not realising that the water is being heated to a point where it is boiling.

  5. Alex

    April 25, 2022 at 1:40 am

    US Congressman Darrell Issa predicted the imminent collapse of the Ukrainian government in connection with the current situation in the country.

    “Fortunately, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is not present at our secret briefings, where it has been repeatedly said that he has no chance,” he said.

    The congressman also added that he considers the US sanctions against Russia “unreasonable”.

    Zelensky said that he had agreed with US President Joe Biden on further support for Ukraine’s defense capability and new sanctions against the Russian Federation.

    Biden said more than 12,000 US troops have been sent to Russia’s borders. He also noted that the United States will respond to any step of the Russian Federation towards NATO, even if it leads to a world war.

    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, during a telephone conversation with UN Secretary General António Guterres, noted that the situation in Ukraine was aggravated by Washington and Western countries. According to the head of the defense department, instead of “forcing the Kyiv regime to stop the genocide against the population of the southeast of their country, they began to pump weapons and ammunition into Ukraine,” thus preparing it to resolve the conflict by force.

    Western countries, including the United States, began to impose sanctions in response to the Russian-led operation to protect the Donbass, which began on February 24. The situation in the region escalated in mid-February due to shelling by the Ukrainian military. The authorities of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics announced the evacuation of residents to the Russian Federation, and also turned to Moscow for help. On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the independence of the DPR and LPR and promised to support the republics.

    Since 2014, Kyiv has been conducting an operation against the inhabitants of Donbass, who refused to recognize the new government in Ukraine. For 8 years in a row, Kyiv tortured and killed civilians in Donbass.

  6. CK

    April 25, 2022 at 7:29 am

    Well, if a politician made a prediction, then who are we to argue with that? God knows none of them have ever been wrong, about anything, ever… like taking Kyiv in three days 😀

    Tell me Alex, is this like BDSM for you? Do you enjoy pain and humiliation on a daily basis? Is there even any shred of dignity left in there when you return to your hovel and look your loved ones in the eye?

    When you were little, is this really what you dreamed of? Working from a shed, typing nonsense into computers for a pittance?

    I almost pity you. Almost.

  7. Alex

    April 25, 2022 at 10:29 am

    Yes, Russia has big “problems”:
    There is the Donetsk People’s Republic. There is the Luhansk People’s Republic. Kherson applied to Russia for a referendum to establish the Kherson People’s Republic. God bless the Ukrainians of Donbass!

  8. CK

    April 25, 2022 at 10:53 am

    Yes Alex, and Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania also re-applied to join the Russian Federation. In this reality, Putin has conquered his hemorrhoids, and you and Sveta live happily ever after.

    It’s nice to sit back and daydream, isn’t it? 🙂

  9. Alex

    April 25, 2022 at 11:05 am

    The largest flagpole over Kherson with the banner of victory is installed. German independent journalists showed the joy of the townspeople and their embrace with their brothers Ukrainians and Russians. This is amazing! God bless the Ukrainians of Donbass!

    Bandera Nazis do not stop going to hell. At the Azov factory, they began to eat each other. A good death for bastards. Glory to the Ukrainians of Donbass!

  10. Eric

    April 25, 2022 at 1:56 pm

    Alex, promoting the sovok flag. We see who you are, сово́к.

  11. Eric

    April 25, 2022 at 2:45 pm

    Excalibur extended range GPS guided shells are included. They can hit targets at 65km with 5m precision. Alex, you should tell your Russian buddies in Ukraine to go home before they end up on the receiving end of precision guided heavy artillery shells. https://sofrep.com/news/canada-is-sending-ukraine-excalibur-precision-guided-extended-range-artillery-shells/

  12. Jacksonian Libertarian

    April 25, 2022 at 5:27 pm

    Heavy armor and unguided weapon systems are logistical nightmares, and giving them to Ukraine is a strategic mistake. Russia’s biggest problem is supplying all this heavy outdated hardware and the dumb munitions that rarely hit anything worthy. Increasing Ukraine’s logistical headaches should be avoided, give them missiles, and send those missilemen deep into Russia to make Russia’s logistical nightmares even worse.

  13. Curmudgeon

    April 25, 2022 at 5:54 pm

    Ironic that the Canadian government accepts that its own provinces have the right to secede and that states could declare independence from Yugoslavia, but successful separation plebiscites held in Eastern Ukraine warrant invasion and occupation by Ukraine. Whether people like it or not, the minute Russia, and others, recognized The Peoples’ Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, the same “responsibility to protect” logic NATO used when bombing Serbia, Libya, and Syria has been used by Russia.

  14. Alex

    April 26, 2022 at 1:50 am

    Let’s talk about “the whole world” with Ukraine:

    The West failed to turn much of the world against Russia after the military operation in Ukraine began, columnist Howard French wrote in an article for Foreign Policy magazine.
    According to him, many states did not support sanctions against Moscow, including such large countries as India and China.

    “In fact, when counting the population of these countries, it becomes clear that the states representing the majority of humanity have not taken a position in this conflict, seeing in it the familiar echoes of the former rivalry between East and West,” said French.
    According to the observer, the international political system that took shape at the beginning of the twentieth century from the very beginning gave the countries of the “third world” the status of second-class states. As an example, he cited the colonization of Africa by European countries.

    “It was the work of the enslaved millions of people who grew sugar and cotton in huge quantities, cleared the land and did all other unpaid work that made the American colonies profitable for Europe, and the so-called “Old World” new and rich,” the author emphasized.

    French urged not to ignore the heightened sense of justice among the former colonized peoples.

    The speed with which Russia is destroying NATO weapons is simply amazing.

  15. CK

    April 26, 2022 at 7:00 am

    Well Alex, if that is the case, we wish you the best of luck with your new Chinese masters. I hear they are very kind to minorities.

  16. Alex

    April 26, 2022 at 7:30 am

    If someone wants to know the truth about the civil war in the Donbass, about all the atrocities of the Bandera clean-ups and why Russia was forced to intervene, then it is better to watch films by independent journalists. There are already many such journalists who fight for truth and freedom. For example, a documentary by the German journalist Wilhelm Domcke-Schulz.

    A documentary film about the war crimes of the Bandera Nazis during the period of Russia’s special military operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine is in production. It will be a real information bomb, where the war crimes of Bandera Nazis will be shown and proved.

    The documentary “Remember Odessa” tells how the Bandera Nazis burned Ukrainians alive and other heinous war crimes.

    The documentary “To Live and Die in Donbass” tries to fill this gaping information gap in the West. He looks into the tormented soul of the inhabitants of Donbass, who really want only one thing – to live self-determining according to their own rules and values. Not submitting to foreign forces and ideologies.

    In the east of Ukraine, in the Donbass, a war has been raging since the beginning of 2014. A civil war that claimed more than 15,000 lives over the years, including several hundred children. They had to die, because the national-fascist coup government in Kyiv, funded by the West, trained and militarily heavily armed, would not tolerate any resistance to their illegitimate rule, no matter the cost.

    Therefore, in April 2014, the putschists deployed the Ukrainian army, supported by dozens of right-wing extremist volunteer battalions, and have since bombed city centers, residential areas, schools, hospitals and infrastructure, killing civilians.

    This perennial crime has gone completely unnoticed by the Western public. Politicians and the media avoid this topic and reports about how the devil pours holy water. Because a public discussion about the crimes of the Ukrainian regime would reveal only one thing – with what mass murderers and terrorists the so-called “west of values” in Ukraine has a common language, if only to defend their goals and interests.

  17. CK

    April 26, 2022 at 10:39 am

    If someone wanted to know the truth about anything in Ukraine Alex, the last person they would go to is you.

    Paragraphs and paragraphs of bollocks, dubious claims about “independent journalists”, random documentarians, conspiracy theorists, deluded claims that of course, have no backup, lie after lie after lie.

    Classical Kremlin troll approach. Just flood the internet, the comments, the media, with tosh, doesn’t matter what it is, just make sure you write some old nonsense. Make sure to say the claim is supported by some dude in Germany, France, the states. If it’s a “documentary” (usually from youtube) then the better.

    Anything that victimises Russia, always the victim, always the bullied, never the problem. It’s always the Nazis. It’s always some pseudo-historical point.

    Anyone that has had the misfortune to study your “tactics” sees the forest for the trees, the pattern of lies, disinformation, blanketing of random claims, deflection, obfuscation, and other words beyond your vocabulary.

    It’s hopeless Alex. Your lies are as short as your intellect. What a pathetic job, to sit in your government shed, spreading your pathetic, government lies.

    A pathetic job for a truly pathetic man. A better match could not be made in heaven.

  18. Alexis's family was blown up today

    April 26, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    Hey alexis, how many russian soldiers are dead so far?

    “Insider” is quoting 20,000 soldiers.

    300 officers. 2 more generals today.

    Now even Canada is sending artillery.

    Ukraine is turning into a giant russian cemetery.

  19. Alex

    April 27, 2022 at 6:52 am

    When the world sees the truth, Bandera’s Nazis burn ass so much that they begin to burn out and their approach to hell with their dad Bandera becomes faster.

    If someone wants to know the truth about the civil war in the Donbass, about all the atrocities of the Bandera clean-ups and why Russia was forced to intervene, then it is better to watch films by independent journalists. There are already many such journalists who fight for truth and freedom. For example, a documentary by the German journalist Wilhelm Domcke-Schulz.

    A documentary film about the war crimes of the Bandera Nazis during the period of Russia’s special military operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine is in production. It will be a real information bomb, where the war crimes of Bandera Nazis will be shown and proved.

    The documentary “Remember Odessa” tells how the Bandera Nazis burned Ukrainians alive and other heinous war crimes.

    The documentary “To Live and Die in Donbass” tries to fill this gaping information gap in the West. He looks into the tormented soul of the inhabitants of Donbass, who really want only one thing – to live self-determining according to their own rules and values. Not submitting to foreign forces and ideologies.

    In the east of Ukraine, in the Donbass, a war has been raging since the beginning of 2014. A civil war that claimed more than 15,000 lives over the years, including several hundred children. They had to die, because the national-fascist coup government in Kyiv, funded by the West, trained and militarily heavily armed, would not tolerate any resistance to their illegitimate rule, no matter the cost.

    Therefore, in April 2014, the putschists deployed the Ukrainian army, supported by dozens of right-wing extremist volunteer battalions, and have since bombed city centers, residential areas, schools, hospitals and infrastructure, killing civilians.

    This perennial crime has gone completely unnoticed by the Western public. Politicians and the media avoid this topic and reports about how the devil pours holy water. Because a public discussion about the crimes of the Ukrainian regime would reveal only one thing – with what mass murderers and terrorists the so-called “west of values” in Ukraine has a common language, if only to defend their goals and interests.

  20. Eric

    April 28, 2022 at 12:56 am

    Alex, your every accusation is a confession.

  21. CK

    April 28, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    I know. It’s hilarious to think he doesn’t even realise everything he says has the opposite effect of what he means.

    WHen I meet or see people like Alex, I truly wonder how we ever got so far. Science, medicine, being in space. Doesn’t feel possible if ever one person of our race can be that stupid.

  22. Alex

    April 29, 2022 at 9:15 am

    If someone wants to know the truth about the civil war in the Donbass, about all the atrocities of the Bandera clean-ups and why Russia was forced to intervene, then it is better to watch films by independent journalists. There are already many such journalists who fight for truth and freedom. For example, a documentary by the German journalist Wilhelm Domcke-Schulz.

    A documentary film about the war crimes of the Bandera Nazis during the period of Russia’s special military operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine is in production. It will be a real information bomb, where the war crimes of Bandera Nazis will be shown and proved.

    The documentary “Remember Odessa” tells how the Bandera Nazis burned Ukrainians alive and other heinous war crimes.

    The documentary “To Live and Die in Donbass” tries to fill this gaping information gap in the West. He looks into the tormented soul of the inhabitants of Donbass, who really want only one thing – to live self-determining according to their own rules and values. Not submitting to foreign forces and ideologies.

    In the east of Ukraine, in the Donbass, a war has been raging since the beginning of 2014. A civil war that claimed more than 15,000 lives over the years, including several hundred children. They had to die, because the national-fascist coup government in Kyiv, funded by the West, trained and militarily heavily armed, would not tolerate any resistance to their illegitimate rule, no matter the cost.

    Therefore, in April 2014, the putschists deployed the Ukrainian army, supported by dozens of right-wing extremist volunteer battalions, and have since bombed city centers, residential areas, schools, hospitals and infrastructure, killing civilians.

    This perennial crime has gone completely unnoticed by the Western public. Politicians and the media avoid this topic and reports about how the devil pours holy water. Because a public discussion about the crimes of the Ukrainian regime would reveal only one thing – with what mass murderers and terrorists the so-called “west of values” in Ukraine has a common language, if only to defend their goals and interests.

    Lend-lease is a commodity loan, and not cheap: for all the ammunition, equipment and food supplied by the United States, many future generations of Ukrainian citizens will pay. Zelensky is driving the country into a debt hole.

  23. CK

    April 29, 2022 at 1:46 pm

    Ah, I see your tactic. You add a little shitty first paragraph so it doesn’t detect your duplicate post. Is this what it has come to now, you just posting the same exact post 2, 3, 4, 5 times per article?

    Wow, did they run out of paper in Russia, Alex? You guys can’t print new material? Literally using the same lines, over and over again, and now in duplicate in every post!

    Are you so defeated you can’t even come up with anything new? How sad. Now the idiot is talking about lend-lease at the end of his post, because he literally just copy + pasted it from another thread, with zero relevance to this one.

    Here’s a reminder:

    If someone wanted to know the truth about anything in Ukraine Alex, the last person they would go to is you.

    Paragraphs and paragraphs of bollocks, dubious claims about “independent journalists”, random documentarians, conspiracy theorists, deluded claims that of course, have no backup, lie after lie after lie.

    Classical Kremlin troll approach. Just flood the internet, the comments, the media, with tosh, doesn’t matter what it is, just make sure you write some old nonsense. Make sure to say the claim is supported by some dude in Germany, France, the states. If it’s a “documentary” (usually from youtube) then the better.

    Anything that victimises Russia, always the victim, always the bullied, never the problem. It’s always the Nazis. It’s always some pseudo-historical point.

    Anyone that has had the misfortune to study your “tactics” sees the forest for the trees, the pattern of lies, disinformation, blanketing of random claims, deflection, obfuscation, and other words beyond your vocabulary.

    It’s hopeless Alex. Your lies are as short as your intellect. What a pathetic job, to sit in your government shed, spreading your pathetic, government lies.

    A pathetic job for a truly pathetic man. A better match could not be made in heaven.

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