Humanitarian Aid That the United States of America Has Sent to Ukraine

The United States of America sends emergency relief aid to Ukraine amid a worsening humanitarian crisis. The U.S. has donated nearly 2 million lbs worth of food, supplies, and funding in response to an appeal from the Ukrainian government for assistance after Russia invades Crimea and the subsequent war in Eastern Ukraine. The U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, decided that it would be in the best interest of Ukraine to refrain from any further payments on its $3 billion loan until 2015 and that the United States would support this move.

The decision follows a December visit by IMF First Deputy Managing Director David Lipton to Kyiv. He expressed support for a plan by Ukrainian authorities to delay IMF payments on their loan until 2015. Ukrainian authorities stated they intended to use their remaining $8 billion loans to pay off debt instead of funding government programs. Many Ukrainians have opposed the move. In mid-January 2014, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced the government would be suspending payments until 2015 to ensure the stability of its currency, which has been steadily dropping in value.

On March 5th, 2014, at a press conference by U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, it was announced that The United States of America is sending 12 million dollars in food and medical supplies to Ukraine, as well as 2 million pounds worth of food and supplies from its reserves. The U.S. delivered these supplies to the International Monetary Fund on March 6th. The U.S. also delivered 6000 tons of grain from the U.S. Strategic grain reserve and paid for 700 tons from its reserves, totaling almost 2 million pounds of food items alone. There are plans for further aid to be given by other countries in the coming weeks. However, no names or amounts have been announced.

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