National Newswatch

NATO promises to arm Ukraine with modern military equipment

Jun 30 2022 — Murray Brewster — Ukraine’s long-standing pleas — and prayers — for advanced Western weapons are about to be answered as NATO has formally said it will help the eastern European country convert to modern military kit. It was part of a series of historic decisions made over a two-day summit of leaders of the Western military alliance in […]

Ukraine top of mind as G7 leaders gather in Germany

Jun 26 2022 — Murray Brewster — The leaders of the world’s top democratic economies arrived in Germany on Sunday, beginning an extraordinary week of meetings where they will be under intense pressure to do more for Ukraine in its war with Russia. The meeting of G7 leaders in Schloss Elmau, nestled in the Bavarian Alps, will be followed immediately on Wednesday […]

Canada will send $9M worth of howitzer replacement barrels to Ukraine

Jun 15 2022 — Murray Brewster — Canada will announce later today that it is spending $9 million on replacement barrels for the howitzers it shipped to Ukraine earlier this year, CBC News has learned. Modern artillery guns, such as the M-777 howitzer, require the barrel to be swapped out after firing as many as 2,500 rounds. Defence Minister Anita Anand will […]

Brutal honesty meets ‘prudence’: Canadian and U.K. parliaments dissect the Afghanistan withdrawal

Jun 14 2022 — Murray Brewster — Some moments call for plain language. Evaluating the chaotic end to western involvement in Afghanistan is one of those moments. The Canadian and U.K. parliaments recently delivered committee reports on the war in Afghanistan and the tumultuous withdrawal of Western forces. Only one of them offers a searing example of the kind of brutal self-reflection […]

Not losing the war in Ukraine is no substitute for victory, say experts

May 24 2022 — Murray Brewster — It made for an extraordinary sight recently on the broken, battered streets of Kharkiv on a warm Saturday afternoon. A Russian T-80 main battle tank, draped in camouflage netting and Ukrainian flags and pennants, was broken down in front of a neighborhood grocery store, where weary shoppers shuffled past with barely a glance. “Russian junk,” […]

Canada, U.S. need to draw red line on nuclear, chemical attacks in Ukraine, says former president

May 5 2022 — Murray Brewster — The former president of Ukraine is urging Canada to get behind a U.S. representative’s initiative to authorize American military force to defend the embattled eastern European country if Russian forces escalate to chemical, biological or nuclear attacks. Petro Poroshenko, who was president from 2014 to 2019, made the remarks in an interview with CBC News. […]

NATO reinforces its eastern flank as it braces against threat of Russian chemical attacks

Mar 23 2022 — Murray Brewster — NATO will deploy four more battle groups in Eastern Europe as it grows increasingly concerned about the threat of Russia using chemical weapons in Ukraine, the secretary general of the western military alliance said Wednesday. The additional troops will be sent to Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania, Jens Stoltenberg told a media availability in Brussels […]