In an interview Monday evening on the show Power & Politicson the CBC News Network, General Wayne Eyre avoided answering the question.
We will never talk about discrete or sensitive special operations or confirm or deny them, he said. And, you know, I find it disappointing that stories like this are speculated on in the media, because you know, if it were true, it would put our troops in danger.
General Eyre further questioned the motives of the media sources who published this information.
Why would anyone want to deliberately put Canadian troops in harm’s way?he asked.
According to him, the information reported recently by the daily Tea New York Times and through the Global network are more likely to benefit Russia.
media speculation feeds
Russian disinformation which, in the current context, can be used as a
armedunderlined the Canadian chief of staff.
So we just have to be very, very aware of that aspect as well.he insisted.
” The right balance must be found between transparency and security of operations. Try to find the middle ground. »
No Canadian soldier was in Ukraine on the day of the Russian invasion, Vice-Admiral Bob Auchterlonie assured on February 24.
However, according to the aforementioned media, members of the FCCstayed behind or were later deployed to transport weapons, to provide intelligence to kyiv and to help the government of President Volodymyr Zelensky train its soldiers against the Russian invader.
According to New York Timescommandos from several member countries of theNATO– including the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Canada and Lithuania – have carried out this type of operation with the utmost discretion since the start of the war in Ukraine.
These troops would not be deployed on the front line, but their support would be tangible on the battlefield, according to the sources of the New York daily.
Ottawa keeps silent
At the end of the day, the Canadian government decides on the level of transparency of each military operation, explained General Eyre to Power & Politics, Monday. The role of FCCis limited to making recommendations on this subject, he said.
However, the Trudeau government has not yet agreed to comment on the information relating to the presence of Canadian soldiers in Ukraine.
In an interview last Friday, Minister of National Defense Anita Anand told Global that it would be
careless on his part to reveal anything and referred to these matters as
The day before, Mrs Anand had announced the deployment of 225 members of the FCCto the UK to train Ukrainian soldiers as part of Operation Unifier. This mission, which began in 2015, was interrupted last February.
The training is something that we did very, very well and which turned out to be of great value to our Ukrainian friendsGeneral Eyre said on Monday.
It’s something we want to continuehe added.