YAVORIV, Ukraine -- The United States provided its first delivery of non-lethal aid to government of Ukraine this weekend. The aid came in the form of approximately 300,000 meals-ready-to-eat (MREs), which were delivered to the Ukrainian military.
The meals were transported from the Defense Logistics Agency European Distribution Depot in Gemershiem, Germany. Ukrainian authorities received the shipment near the city of Krakovets, Ukraine, along Ukraine's western border with Poland, and provided the final delivery to the International Security and Peacekeeping Center March 28-29 in Yavoriv .
The cost of the meals, fuel and transportation was approximately $3 million, which was authorized by U.S. Defense Secretary’s Emergency and Extraordinary Expense (EEE) funds.
The Office of Defense Cooperation, U.S. Embassy Kyiv, the Defense Logistics Agency and the U.S. European Command provided a whole of government approach and worked closely with the Ukrainian government to provide this assistance. More non-lethal items are being considered for future delivery.
This effort was an excellent demonstration of interagency cooperation between the US Department of State, the U.S. Defense Department and the Ukrainian authorities in the Ministry of Defense, General Staff and the National Security and Defense Council.