Ukraine asks Canada for 83 thousand decommissioned missiles: Budanov explains how they wll help

DIU Chief Kyrylo Budanov asks Canada to hand over tens of thousands of decommissioned CRV7 missiles

The head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Kyrylo Budanov, asks Canada to transfer tens of thousands of CRV7 missiles. They are currently awaiting destruction at a military base in Saskatchewan.

Budanov said this in an exclusive interview with Global News. According to the head of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine, this would help Ukraine fight back against Russian troops and save Canadian taxpayers the cost of destroying them.

"We hope that this will be a win-win situation for everyone," he emphasized.

More than 83,000 CRV7 surface-to-air missiles are stored at the Canadian Forces' Dundurn munitions depot. While Canada no longer needs them and has chosen a private contractor to destroy them, Ukraine urgently needs them due to ammunition shortages.

Lieutenant General Budanov clarified that the CRV7s will be used in both Ukrainian attack helicopters and ground launchers to destroy Russian tanks and artillery.

He said Ukraine has discussed the issue with Canada but is still awaiting a decision.

Canadian officials said they were considering the request but also warned that CRV7s have been in storage for decades and could be unstable and dangerous to use and transport.

A spokesman for Defense Secretary Bill Blair said the government is "conducting tests to ensure that this equipment is safe to transport to Ukraine."

According to experts, since the CRV7s use solid fuel, they may be safe, provided they have been stored properly and not exposed to moisture or contamination.

Budanov says that due to the difficult situation at the front, Ukrainians are ready to take risks. According to him, they are used to working with old ammunition such as CRV7.

"We are not worried," the general said.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces believe that about 8,000 Canadian missiles are in pristine condition, and some are still equipped with warheads.

The Canadian military representative admitted that most of the 83,303 missiles are awaiting disposal by the contractor and that transferring them to Ukraine would mean terminating the contract with the company that is building a special facility for this work.

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