Dozens of Canadian squaddies boarded a airplane to Poland Friday for what their commander said would be an intense but good mission to wait on Ukrainians fleeing Russian aggression.

The roughly 80 squaddies who took off from Edmonton and yet another 20 from Trenton, Ont., will provide humanitarian assistance at reception centres for the length of Poland, said Maj. Ryan Pridmore, a company commander with third Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.

They, along with a Canadian clinical unit, are to augment the Polish Territorial Defence Power on a two-month mission.

“Our squaddies are all exceedingly fully contented to be deploying,” he said. “Here’s what we expert for. Here’s why we attain this job. Our squaddies are ready to secure in there and start helping make a incompatibility.”

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Once boots are on the ground, Pridmore said, he expects the squaddies could be build straight to work.

“Now we have chaplains to secure non secular steering and besides a pair of psychological effectively being professionals when refugees come into the reception centres,” said Pridmore, who has beforehand served in Afghanistan and Kuwait.

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Some of the so a lot of squaddies have a background in linguistics, he added.

He said Canada is ready to ship about 50 extra squaddies to wait on with the care, co-ordination and resettlement of Ukrainian refugees in Poland.

“We attain have a crew in characteristic over there who’s setting the stage so we’re no longer rolling in blind then all once more it’ll undoubtedly be a rather like a flash start to alternate once we secure on the ground.”

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On Thursday, Deputy Top Minister Chrystia Freeland said in Calgary it’s applicable to order Russia’s occupation a genocide _ as U.S. President Joe Biden and Top Minister Justin Trudeau have said _ since thousands of Ukrainians have been killed and brutalized.

Freeland pointed to a “chilling doc” on a Russian web site published 10 days ago “that effectively laid out a thought for genocide in Ukraine, that known as for the struggling, the punishment of these that selected, within the see of this doc, wrongly and mistakenly to record themselves as Ukrainian.”

“That known as for the be aware Ukraine to be erased,” said Freeland, who also serves as Canada’s finance minister.

The Department of National Defence said in a news unlock squaddies will also work with Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada and “act as a liaison with the Polish Armed Forces … to augment temporary field for Ukrainians wishing to work and question in Canada.”

On Friday, some squaddies in Edmonton joked about their nerves, whiles others slept on the airport lounge field sooner than boarding their flight.

“I’ve been on several missions sooner than where I’ve viewed these that exit the door in a distant places nation, and this one is hitting shut to dwelling for a range of folk on legend of sure folk within the job force attain have Ukrainian heritage,” said Lt. Kevin Moffat, a public affairs officer with the Canadian Armed Forces.

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“I became once very overjoyed to see that the morale became once exceptionally high and, from my declare, I’d command the job force goes to be very fantastic in Poland.”

-With information from Bill Graveland

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