Harper pledges funds, equipment for Ukraine as fighting intensifies

Stephen Harper has returned to Kiev just as the war in eastern Ukraine erupts again with hundreds of explosions over two days that threaten to shatter an already tattered ceasefire in the region.

He brought with him members of Canada’s Ukrainian diaspora who are raising funds and bringing gear to help their ancestral home fight a conflict that shows no signs of abating.

  • David Murrell

    Harper’s strong stand is getting a lot of negative comment over at the pro-Putin CBC and the Globe and Mail.

    • Frau Katze

      Better to have stayed out of this one…it’s not clear what type of people are running Ukraine at the moment.

      • pike bishop


    • Alain

      I cannot speak for others, but you do not need to be pro-Putin as you put it to be against this. Frankly I am getting fed up with it. The PM and the government need to give first priority to our own national interest instead of this meddling. We have an out-of-control hostile Muslim population that continues to grow thanks to the refusal to close the flood gates to say nothing of foreign radicals meddling in our affairs in an attempt to destroy the economy by shutting down gas and oil production. And as Frau points out it is far from clear what type of people are running Ukraine at present, which means we are likely to be supporting the wrong guys. Of course we did that in Kosovo and Libya and should have learned our lesson.

    • pike bishop

      How many times is Canada prepared to save these Europeans from each other?

      • FactsWillOut

        Canada and NATO is taking the Muslim side, as usual.

      • Maggat

        Twice in the last century, and look at the mess the yurps are making of things. Again. I’m convinced the only yurps with any brains or good sense are the ones that immigrated to North America.

        • pike bishop

          I’m pretty sure my ancestors had little choice in the matter, lucky me.

  • I’m a Conservative and I think it’s crazy to be picking a fight with our nuclear-armed neighbor. Canada has nothing to thank Uknainians for; they’re the ones who demanded Canada become a multicultural country. Meanwhile, back in Ukraine, the first thing the new government did was to ban the Russian language in the east.

    • And yesterday they had in Kiev a large homosexual parade. Evidently, that’s part of the price for receiving the Western handouts and admission ticket to the rotting European Union. Some representatives of the ruling parties in Ukraine disrupted the event (they’ll blame it on Putin anyway).

      • pike bishop

        No getting out of the draft for homosexuals in the next war.
        You girls are going “over there” too.
        Hey…equality …you know.

    • Billy Bob Thornton

      I think the main reason for Ukraine doing poorly was not because of Yanukovych, but because the current government has had to keep taking out loans and now they are bankrupt. Their army does not like the current regime in Ukraine. Ukraine was better off with going to the Eurasian Union and the European Union. Remember that back in Nov-Dec of 2013 that Yanukovych was willing to support going to both unions. He was very fair. Ukraine now is even worse than Greece. They now have savage austerity cuts due to poor management. To me, Ukraine is most likely angry due to the gas being cut off, the nation being now virtually bankrupt and the military in Ukraine having virtually no faith in the government.

    • Billy Bob Thornton

      And yes I agree that taking on a nuclear armed state is not such a good idea. Other than sounding tough, this really gets one nowhere. I think this has more to do with the US dollar in decline than about anything else. Remember that BRICS is a threat to Western dominance, in the eyes of Western countries. They don’t like the fact that state capitalism is better than financialized capitalism. The fact is Russia has near zero debt in a nationalist state. The same with China. Anyone that understands ideology knows that nationalism has made these two nations successful. They are fascistic in terms of media, but their nations are state capitalist. Which is why to me Canada should adopt more nationalist policies and protectionist policies. I say get away from this free trade which is neither free or about trade. Trade can happen even in state capitalist nations.

      • Minicapt

        Obviously the Magic Mushrooms in Quebec are of very low potency.


  • Oh I’m so scared of your armoured skidoos.

    • andycanuck

      How about we settle it on the ice then, Vlad, like in Sochi?!

      • We only lost that game because I wasn’t playing.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Does North Korea have a hockey team?

          • Their Dear Leader invented hockey on Mt. Paektu. They don’t join any international competitions to make it fair for everyone else.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            What’s his save percentage?

          • I heard you once beat the s**t out of Wayne Gretzky. With a tiger. And he was grateful. Is that true?

  • pike bishop

    I’ve read a lot of history and have yet to find one European nation with clean hands in the last two major dust ups.

  • Maggat

    Damn it, I think our Prime Minister is making a mistake here.