The ambassador of Ukraine in Canada Vadym Prystayko has reported that the cargo plane with first part of military aid given by Canadian Government is on the way to Ukraine now.
Yesterday the minister of Defense of Canada Rob Nicholson said that the government made a decision to give military aid to Ukraine with total cost of 11 millions USD (12 millions Canadian dollars). Read more about it here.
The $11 million will be used for equipment and training, including:
- $5 million for protective gear, including surplus Canadian Forces cold-weather gear such as jackets, hats and gloves.
- $3 million for explosives disposal equipment.
- $1 million for communications equipment.
- $1 million for night and thermal vision equipment, plus binoculars.
- $1 million for medical training, including a mobile field hospital.
The cargo plane of Royal Canadian Air Force will arrive to Kiev Boryspil Airport on November 28. The ambassador of Ukraine Vadym Prystayko accompanies the cargo to Kiev.
Reported by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
Canadian Joint Delegation to NATO also posted more details on this cargo at their official twitter account.
— Canada at NATO (@CanadaNATO) November 27, 2014
- The donation from National Defence, deemed surplus by the Canadian Armed Forces, includes approximately 30 000 coats, 30 000 pairs of pants, 70 000 pairs of Gore-Tex boots and 4 500 pairs of gloves.
- The first shipment will be transported via Royal Canadian Air Force CC177 Globemaster and is scheduled to arrive by the end of November. The remainder of the equipment will be transported by a separate sealift.
- This donation is in addition to the $5 million in non-lethal military equipment the Government of Canada has previously donated to the country and is expected to enhance capabilities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
- The CAF’s response in support of this request promotes security in Central and Eastern Europe, and demonstrates Canada’s steadfast commitment to our allies in the region.
Read more about the content of this donation to Ukraine at news.gc.ca