Secretary of Energy Rick Perry will be leading a delegation to Ukraine next week to discuss boosting the energy partnership between both countries.

"It is an honor to lead this delegation from the United States to the great country of Ukraine," said Perry, who leaves Aug. 29. "I look forward to strengthening our relationship with such an important ally and furthering our work to ensure energy stability and security in the region."

Perry will meet with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko and other Ukrainian officials "to discuss how both countries can continue to boost their economies through a strong energy partnership," the Energy Department said in a statement.

Members of the delegation will include Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., and Ray Washburne, president and CEO of Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

This week, the Energy Department celebrated the first-ever shipment of coal to Ukraine at a press event at the Port of Baltimore.

The shipment of coal will be used to power the country's electric grid as part of a deal signed between Ukraine's national utility and a Pennsylvania mining firm. The shipment will arrive in September.