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Canada to send military instructors to Ukraine, but not lethal weapons

  • Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper shakes hands with Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk during a visit to the Academic Institute of the National Academy of Internal Affairs of Ukraine for Training of Specialists for Public Safety, Psychological Service and National Guard of Ukraine Units in Kyiv, Ukraine Saturday June 6, 2015.   (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper shakes hands with Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk during a visit to the Academic Institute of the National Academy of Internal Affairs of Ukraine for Training of Specialists for Public Safety, Psychological Service and National Guard of Ukraine Units in Kyiv, Ukraine Saturday June 6, 2015. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk are shown non-lethal military equipment provided by Canada during a visit to the Academic Institute of the National Academy of Internal Affairs of Ukraine for Training of Specialists for Public Safety, Psychological Service and National Guard of Ukraine Units in Kyiv, Ukraine Saturday June 6, 2015.  (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk are shown non-lethal military equipment provided by Canada during a visit to the Academic Institute of the National Academy of Internal Affairs of Ukraine for Training of Specialists for Public Safety, Psychological Service and National Guard of Ukraine Units in Kyiv, Ukraine Saturday June 6, 2015. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, left, makes a statement to the media, with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, June 6, 2015.  A fresh outbreak of violence between government troops and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine is threatening to derail an already tenuous cease-fire. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, left, makes a statement to the media, with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, June 6, 2015. A fresh outbreak of violence between government troops and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine is threatening to derail an already tenuous cease-fire. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)  (The Associated Press)

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the country soon will send military instructors to Ukraine to help train government troops.

While in Kiev en route to the Group of Seven summit, Harper said the instructors would work in western Ukraine.

That is far away from where Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatist rebels have been fighting since April 2014. But the move is likely to bring criticism from Russia and the rebels, as did similar training by U.S. forces.

At a joint news conference Saturday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the countries would widen military cooperation, but that Canada won't supply lethal weapons.

Poroshenko also said Ukraine hasn't asked Western countries to base missiles in Ukraine to defend against Russia. National security council head Oleksandr Turchynov floated that proposal last month.