Photo from Ukraine's Defense Ministry

Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak met with a Canadian delegation headed by Canada's Ambassador to Ukraine Roman Waschuk on the Royal Canadian Navy's Toronto frigate near the Ukrainian city of Odesa on July 7, Ukraine's Navy Day.

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The frigate is participating in Sea Breeze 2019 multinational military exercises, which started in Odesa on July 1, the Ukrainian defense ministry's press service said on Sunday.

In particular, Poltorak noted the importance of Operation UNIFIER, Canada's military training mission to Ukraine, for the further integration of the Ukrainian army into NATO.

The Ukrainian minister expressed gratitude to the Canadian side for the consistent support of Ukraine during Russia's armed aggression.

"He [the minister] stressed the importance and effectiveness of the UNIFIER training mission for the further integration of the Armed Forces of Ukraine into NATO," the report said.

The parties also discussed further cooperation in the military-technical sphere, the press service added.