Edmonton soldiers return from mission in Ukraine

News Release / September 12, 2017 / Project number: ncr-nr-17-09-12

September 12, 2017 – Edmonton – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Approximately 200 Canadian Army soldiers from 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (1 CMBG) headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, are returning to Canada over the next two weeks after deploying to Ukraine under Operation UNIFIER for the past six months.

Operation UNIFIER is the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) mission to support Ukrainian armed forces in an effort to help Ukraine remain sovereign, secure, and stable.


“Welcome home to these troops who proudly represented Canada and set a professional example for the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Thanks to their diligent work we are seeing real progress in individual Ukrainian soldier skills as well as strategic institutional reform within the UAF. All Canadians should be extremely proud of their soldiers.”
—   Colonel William Fletcher, Commander, 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group

“It was an honour for Chief Warrant Officer Clarke and me to lead the men and women of Joint Task Force - Ukraine Rotation 3. Together, we provided outstanding mentorship and training to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. I am certain that Roto 4 will build upon these successes during their time in Ukraine.”
—   Lieutenant-Colonel Mark Lubiniecki, Commander, Joint Task Force - Ukraine

Quick Facts

  • As of September 1, 2017, Joint Task Force-Ukraine (JTF-U) has trained more than 5500 Ukrainian soldiers. There have been about 140 course serials that covered all types of training.
  • Joint Task Force - Ukraine is made up of 200 Canadian soldiers. This rotation was mostly from the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) and 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.
  • The CAF’s primary focus in Ukraine is on tactical soldier training. This consists of items such as individual weapon training, individual and group movement and communication on the battlefield, and explosive threat recognition.
  • Canadian soldiers are also involved in training focused on explosive ordnance disposal, military policing, medical training, and logistics system modernisation.
  • The rotation replacing the 1 CMBG troops are from 2 CMBG, which is headquartered in Petawawa, Ontario. Canada has committed troops to Operation UNIFIER until the end of March 2019.

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Captain Derek Reid
Public Affairs Officer, 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group
Phone: 780-973-4011 ext 7415
Email: derek.reid2@forces.gc.ca

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