(QHA) -

Canada will provide military equipment to Ukraine in the amount of $5 million, Canadian Defence Minister Rob Nicholson has said, according to the Podrobnosti online edition. The assistance is provided in response to Ukraine's request for non-kinetic (non-lethal) security assistance.

“Canada's contribution, in the amount of up to $5 million through Canada's Global Peace and Security Fund (GPSF), includes a range of targeted protection, medical and logistical equipment, such as helmets, ballistic eyewear, protective vests, first aid kits, tents and sleeping bags,” - reads a press release of the office of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The equipment will help strengthen border security in Ukraine by enhancing Ukraine's capacity to detect the illicit movement of goods and people.

Ukrainian ambassador Vadym Prystaiko said his country was “very grateful” to Canada for its support.

“We will be using this equipment to end war as fast as possible,” he said. “We will be able to save more lives, both troops and civilians, and even the separatists themselves.”