Cargo ship prepares to ship US medical supplies to Ukraine

ANTWERP — The United States is spanning a sea bridge over the Atlantic to support Ukraine with crucial equipment in its war against Russia, a senior official said on Friday, as a huge cargo ship from the Belgian port d antwerp was about to set sail for Germany.

Carol Petsonk, United States Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs, was shown around the loading dock of the “Arc Integrity” vehicle carrier where military equipment was tied down with straps to the floor.

“What we see is that the ship is carrying two types of equipment: the first is personal vehicles, the personal effects of service members who are going to serve with US forces in Europe,” Petsonk told reporters.

“The other is military equipment, including defensive capability equipment, medical vehicles to deliver medical supplies to the injured.”

Vehicles, medical supplies and temporary bridges would be unloaded at Germany’s North Sea port of Bremerhaven and then transported overland to Ukraine, Petsonk said.

Carol A. Petsonk, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation, tours a freighter destined to deliver military supplies to Ukraine amid the Russian invasion, in Antwerp, Belgium , May 20, 2022.
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Military vehicles are pictured inside a cargo ship destined to deliver military supplies to Ukraine amid the Russian invasion, during a visit by Carol A. Petsonk, Principal Deputy Undersecretary for the Aviation and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation, in Antwerp, Belgium, Friday, May 20, 2022.
Military vehicles are pictured inside a freighter destined to deliver military supplies to Ukraine amid the Russian invasion on May 20, 2022.
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A cargo ship tasked with delivering military supplies to Ukraine amid the Russian invasion, is pictured during a visit by Carol A. Petsonk, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Transport, in Antwerp, Belgium, on Friday May 20.  , 2022.
A cargo ship tasked with delivering military supplies to Ukraine amid the Russian invasion.
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Military vehicles are pictured inside a cargo ship destined to deliver military supplies to Ukraine amid the Russian invasion, during a visit by Carol A. Petsonk, Principal Deputy Undersecretary for the Aviation and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation, in Antwerp, Belgium, Friday, May 20, 2022.
Military vehicles are pictured inside a freighter destined to deliver military supplies to Ukraine amid the Russian invasion.
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A cargo ship tasked with delivering military supplies to Ukraine amid the Russian invasion, is pictured during a visit by Carol A. Petsonk, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Transport, in Antwerp, Belgium, on Friday May 20.  , 2022.
A cargo ship ready to deliver military supplies to Ukraine amid the Russian invasion in Antwerp, Belgium, May 20, 2022.
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Military vehicles are pictured inside a cargo ship destined to deliver military supplies to Ukraine amid the Russian invasion, during a visit by Carol A. Petsonk, Principal Deputy Undersecretary for the Aviation and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation, in Antwerp, Belgium, Friday, May 20, 2022.
Vehicles, medical supplies and temporary bridges would be unloaded at Germany’s North Sea port of Bremerhaven and then transported overland to Ukraine, Petsonk said.
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Carol A. Petsonk, principal deputy assistant secretary for aviation and international affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation, tours a freighter destined to deliver military supplies to Ukraine amid the Russian invasion, in Antwerp, Belgium, May 20, 2022.
Petsonk, right, visits a cargo ship intended to deliver military supplies to Ukraine amid the Russian invasion, in Antwerp, Belgium, May 20, 2022.
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“Ukraine desperately needs medical supplies and the ability to get those supplies around the country to where they are needed, and that’s what these vehicles will provide.”

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