The equipment is bound for Ukrainian border guards operating in the conflict zone in the east of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
The official ceremony for the handover of the equipment will be attended by the parliamentary secretary to the Canadian minister of national defence, James Bezan, the acting Canadian ambassador, Anne Mattson-Gauss, and the director of the international law department of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, Oleksandr Melnykov. Yesterday, Reuters reported that Canada had announced that it was to send a wide range of non-lethal military supplies to Ukraine.
The Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, said that:
"This equipment, which includes helmets, ballistic eyewear, protective vests, first aid kits, tents and sleeping bags, will provide physical and medical protection to those on the front lines against the insurgency."