Ukrainian soldiers take part in a drill on March 14. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON — U.S. officials say the Pentagon is sending 25,000 cases of military prepackaged meals to Ukraine, in response to a wide-ranging request from that country for some rifles, ammunition, medicine and other supplies for its troops.
The officials say the MREs have not yet been delivered but are in the pipeline.
The U.S. also is keeping the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush in the Mediterranean Sea for several more days, as part of the U.S. effort to reassure allies in the region in the wake of Russia’s military intervention into Ukraine’s Crimea region.
The moves come as the U.S. continued to condemn Russia’s action while also steering clear of any direct military assistance or involvement in the crisis.