Canada buys ammunition from U.S. to send to Ukraine - defense minister

FILE PHOTO: Canada's Defence Minister Anita Anand speaks during a visit to highlight military aid for Ukraine at Canadian Forces Base Trenton in Trenton, Ontario, Canada, April 14, 2022. REUTERS/Lars Hagberg

(Reuters) - Canada has purchased 20,000 artillery rounds of NATO standard ammunition for Ukraine to support it in its defense against Russia's invasion, Defense Minister Anita Anand said on Tuesday.

The ammunition was bought from the United States for about C$98 million ($76.32 million) and would soon be delivered to Ukraine.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Monday said that some 20 countries had announced new security assistance packages for Ukraine during a virtual meeting with allies aimed at coordinating arms for Kyiv.

($1 = 1.2840 Canadian dollars)

(Reporting by Ismail Shakil in Ottawa)

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