Hillier calls on Ottawa to provide aid to Ukraine, laments waning interest in war

OTTAWA – Retired General Rick Hillier is bemoaning what he sees as dwindling Canadian interest in the war in Ukraine as public and political attention increasingly shifts to rising inflation and other issues closer to home.

But the former Canadian defense chief, who for many years was the face of this country’s military mission in Afghanistan, warns that if Russia is not stopped, further economic problems will be on its way.

Hillier made the comments in an interview with The Canadian Press when he called for increased aid to Ukraine, including the provision of hundreds of millions of dollars in promised Canadian military aid.

The Liberal government says it has since provided more than $150 million of the $500 million earmarked in the April federal budget, including millions in artillery shells, drones and satellite imagery.

But Hillier, who is working with Ukraine’s World Congress and retired military commanders in several other countries to rally support for Ukraine, says there must be a greater sense of urgency to prevent Russia from winning.

The Russian military expanded its hold on territory in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, even as the Ukrainian military announced the arrival of powerful U.S. multiple-launch missile systems that it hopes will provide a battlefield advantage.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 24, 2022.

— With files from The Associated Press


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