Ohio Agencies Collecting Personal Protective Gear to Send to Ukraine

Ohio will begin collecting personal protective gear from local and state law enforcement agencies around the state to send to Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion of the country, according to Governor Mike DeWine.

Previously, DeWine surveyed law enforcement agencies to determine a rough estimate of materials that could be sent to the country. According to his numbers, the state may be able to collect roughly “75 ballistic and riot helmets and 840 pieces of body armor, including vests and plates.”

“As Russia continues its unprovoked attack on Ukraine, citizens are stepping up to defend their country with little more protection than the clothes on their backs, and I am grateful to the Ohio law enforcement agencies that didn’t hesitate to offer their unneeded gear,” said Governor DeWine. “This is Ohio’s opportunity to provide civilian humanitarian aid to help the innocent Ukrainians who are voluntarily putting their lives at risk on the front lines. If any other law enforcement agencies have unneeded protective gear, there is still time to take part in this important statewide donation effort.”

Since the beginning of the conflict, DeWine has taken several steps to assist Ukraine. After Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade, the governor ordered a ban on the sale of all Russian-made vodka in stores throughout Ohio.

Furthermore, other leaders across the United States have taken similar steps to help the resilient country. In Arizona, Governor Doug Ducey sent 874 bulletproof vests, 77 helmets, various tactical clothing, footwear, pads and shields. In total, the shipment equaled 9,000 pounds of equipment

“Arizona stands with Ukraine. Everyday citizens are risking their lives, fighting for their freedom, and deserve all the assistance we can give them,” said Governor Ducey. “These surplus bulletproof vests and armor will help as they defend their country from Vladimir Putin.”

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Cooper Moran is a reporter for The Ohio Star and The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Mike DeWine” by Eric Porter. CC BY-SA 4.0. Background Photo “Ukraine Under Attack” by manhhai. CC BY 2.0.

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