TORONTO (AP) — Russia is calling Canada's decision to send 200 military trainers to Ukraine "counterproductive and deplorable."
The Russian Embassy in Ottawa said in a statement Wednesday that Canada's actions are helping to assist a military build-up.
Canada announced Tuesday 200 trainers will be posted in western Ukraine, joining U.S. and British soldiers early this summer.
The will last until March 31, 2017. Britain is sending up to 75 military trainers. The U-S has committed 800 troops to train three battalions in western Ukraine.
The move comes after a request from the government of Ukraine.
Canadian Defense Minister Jason Kenney said the deployment of trainers sends Russian President Vladimir Putin a message of resolution and deterrence. Kenney emphasized the troops are far from the conflict zone.