Canada leading risky military observer mission in Ukraine

HMCS REGINA Photo: Joe Warmington

HMCS REGINA Photo: Joe Warmington

Daniel Proussalidis, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:59 PM ET

OTTAWA — Canada is leading a risky military observer mission in Ukraine until May 11, keeping watch for what the feds call "unusual military activities" in the country.

A trio from the Canadian military will lead the nine-person Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe team that also includes soldiers from the United States, France, Moldova and Ukraine.

Maj.-Gen. Michael Hood calls Canada's first-ever leadership of such a mission "a concrete contribution to mitigating the crisis using existing arms control mechanisms."

Such missions can be dangerous.

Pro-Russia militants in the Ukrainian town of Slaviansk took a team of European military monitors hostage last Friday.

Meanwhile, the crew of frigate HMCS Regina will drop its anti-piracy mission in the Arabian Sea to bolster NATO's military build-up in response to Russian actions in Ukraine.

"Our country remains steadfast in support for the people of Ukraine in the face of ongoing militar


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