Israel to send new batch of defensive equipment to Ukraine


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Israel to send new batch of defensive equipment to Ukraine
Defense Minister Benny Gantz approves aid package of helmets, protective vests and more, continuing policy of not supplying Kyiv with offensive weapons
By Emanuel Fabian

Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Tuesday approved a new shipment of defensive aid to Ukraine’s emergency services as Russia’s invasion presses on. The latest aid package will include 1,500 helmets, 1,500 protective vests, hundreds of mine protection suits, 1,000 gas masks and dozens of hazmat filtration systems, according to Gantz’s office. The protective equipment will be transferred to the country in the coming weeks, the Defense Ministry said.

Jerusalem has so far avoided providing direct military aid to Kyiv — including offensive arms or advanced defensive technology — since Russian troops invaded Ukraine on February 24, in an attempt to avoid sparking a crisis with Moscow. Israel is one of the few countries that maintains relatively warm relations with both Ukraine, a fellow Western democracy, and Russia.