Canada could provide small arms and anti-tank weapons to Ukraine

According to information published by the "Age Dispatch" website on January 24, 2022, Canada could provide small arms and anti-tank weapons to Ukraine which were planned to be delivered to the Kurds in 2016.
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Canada could provide small arms and anti-tank weapons to Ukraine including C6 assault rifles, C8 machine guns, and Carl Gustaf anti-tank weapons.

Citing the information published by the "Age Dispatch" website, the military equipment and weapons were in a military depot in Montreal but have now been moved to another location in case it has to be sent to Ukraine. The Canadian Department of National Defense refused Monday night to reveal where the weapons are currently located.

According to a list previously published by the Canadian Department of Defense, the weapons include .50-calibre sniper rifles equipped with silencers, 60mm mortars, Carl Gustav anti-tank systems, grenade launchers, pistols, ammunition, thermal-imaging binoculars, cameras, scopes, and medical supplies. The weapons also include C6 7.62 mm caliber machine guns and C8 5.56mm assault rifles, which are used by the Canadian Forces.

The C6 is the Canadian designation of the FN MAG 7.62mm from the Belgian company FN Herstal, produced under license in Canada. It is a fully automatic, air-cooled, gas- and spring-operated machine gun that is generally belt-fed from the left. Restricted to firing in full-automatic mode from the open bolt position, the C6 machine gun can fire from 750 to 1100 rounds per minute.

The C8 is a modified license-produced version of the US Colt M4 carbine. It is a gas-operated, selective fire weapon. It is chambered for a standard NATO 5.56x45 mm ammunition. The assault rifle is fed from 30-round capacity magazines. The weapon can fire in semi-automatic and fully automatic mode with an effective firing range of 300 m.

Following the crisis with Russia, Ukraine has requested the support of the government of Canada in case of Russian aggression with the supply of weapons and military equipment.

Canada has not yet made an official decision on the delivery of these weapons to Ukraine but an announcement is expected to come after next week's virtual federal cabinet retreat. Canada has also offered Ukraine a $120 million dollar loan.

On January 24, 2022, NATO has announced the deployment of additional ships and fighter jets to NATO deployments in eastern Europe, reinforcing Allied deterrence and defense as Russia continues its military build-up in and around Ukraine.