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Alberta grants $10 million to Ukraine, including money for defensive military supplies


Key takeaways: 

  • Kenney says Alberta is made to support Ukraine.
  • A supporter carries a poster that reads: ‘Alberta stands with Ukraine’ in Edmonton on Feb. 27. On Friday, Premier Jason Kenney declared $10.3 million in support for Ukraine.

Jason Kenney announces funds to help Ukraine: 

Alberta contributes over $10 million in help to Ukraine — including $5 million for non-lethal military equipment.

Premier Jason Kenney declared the grant during a press conference Friday.

He says the $5-million contribution to the World Ukrainian Congress’s Unite with Ukraine campaign will provide 5,000 members of the territorial defense force with flak jackets, helmets, bulletproof vests, first aid equipment, communications supplies, and fuel.

“Regional governments do not have global development programs, but we feel so deeply, in part I think, because of the deep historical and human relationship between Alberta and Ukraine,” he stated.

“We are so devastated to see acts of attack which are reminiscent of the demon released in Europe between 1938 and 1945.”

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Alberta helps Ukraine by donating $10 million

The war in Ukraine raised a new international warning Friday after Russian forces pounded a critical nuclear plant in the south. Officials declare that the following fires have been extinguished, and no radiation leaks have been seen.

Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, spoke with world authorities after the invasion, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Meanwhile, Russia persisted in other raids on cities throughout Ukraine overnight. 

Kenney revealed an extra $5 million for humanitarian aid — which is in addition to a $1-million grant the region made in late February — to be allocated by the Canada Ukraine Foundation.

He said the local government would also contribute $360,000 to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress — Alberta Provincial Council for its Alberta Stands with Ukraine campaign.  

An Alberta academic and longtime Ukraine specialist said it makes the reason for Albertans to offer help to the nation and its residents. Still, he’s not convinced presenting military support is the most pleasing way to go regarding it, given that that’s national jurisdiction.

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