Russia-Ukraine War: Israel delivers helmets and vests to Ukraine


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Russia-Ukraine War: Israel delivers helmets and vests to Ukraine
2,000 helmets and 500 vests were donated to Ukraine for the use of local rescue and emergency services.
Published: MAY 18, 2022

Israel delivered 2,000 helmets and 500 vests to emergency and civilian organizations in Ukraine on Wednesday, the Defense Ministry announced. “Israel’s policy is in the right position both in terms of values and strategy,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Tuesday. “We have the right to provide extensive humanitarian assistance, and to support Ukraine with additional non-offensive equipment, in a manner that is in line with Israel’s broad operational considerations, which are also important to greater regional stability. The prime minister’s mediation efforts in this arena are also important.”

Haaretz reported that Israeli officials have weighed sending many kinds of defensive items to Ukraine, but anti-air systems and other weapon platforms were not being considered. Gantz said last month that Israel would provide Kyiv with protective gear for rescue organizations. The promise came after a discussion with his Ukrainian counterpart Oleksii Reznikov. “This is part of Israel’s extensive effort to provide humanitarian aid, which includes the establishment of a field hospital, the absorption of refugees and immigrants, the provision of food and medical assistance, and more,” Gantz’s office said at the time.