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Canadian fighter jets leave for eastern Europe

6 Canadian CF-18 jets will be stationed in Romania as crisis in Ukraine escalates

Canadian CF-18 fighter jets leave CFB Bagotville
Photo: CTV News

Canada is following the United States in once again stepping up the pressure on Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says two Russian companies and nine individuals will face new sanctions.

Those individuals include two billionaire friends of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Harper says the new sanctions are in response to Russia's continued actions to destabilize the Ukrainian government.

And, the PM suggests more sanctions could be on the way unless Putin follows through on an April 17th agreement that was designed to ease tensions in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the government says six CF-18 fighter jets will leave CFB Bagotville, Quebec today to assist NATO operations in eastern Europe.

Defence Minister Rob Nicholson -- who will attend a send-off for the planes at Bagotville -- says the jets will be stationed in Romania to support air policing and training missions.

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  1. don was right posted on 04/29/2014 01:25 PM
    This will be a waste of Canadian lives, and Canadian fuel, just like Afganistan.
  2. john posted on 05/02/2014 02:47 PM
    we should stay the hell away form them in the first place Putin is just keeping his people safe nothing more .
  3. Mark7 posted on 05/02/2014 02:53 PM
    The CF-18 jets could be put to better use in gang banger neighbourhoods, taking out the trash.
    1. Mark7 posted on 05/02/2014 02:54 PM
      @Mark7 Should read The CF-18 jets could be put to better use in gang banger neighbourhoods, taking out the trash here in Toronto.
  4. Lynne posted on 05/03/2014 06:19 PM
    John's comment shows that he must be an idiot "Putin is just keeping his ppl safe". What planet do you live on, John?
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