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STARYCHI, Ukraine — For six months, some 180 Canadian soldiers have found a new home. It is thousands of kilometers away from their native land, at the Yavoryivsky military training ground near the village of Starychi in Lviv Oblast, some 580 kilometers west of Kyiv.

Along with soldiers from the United States, Poland, Lithuania and the United Kingdom, the Canadians are here at the Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s International Center for Peacekeeping and Security to train Ukrainian soldiers under the Canadian military’s UNIFIER program.

The UNIFIER program, which started in September 2015 and is now to be extended until the end of March 2019, is only a part of Canada’s aid to Ukraine, which for three years has been fighting Russia’s war in the Donbas that has killed more than 10,000 people and dismembered the nation.

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