UNITED STATES: In a continuing effort to assist Ukraine, the United States has confirmed that it will provide bulletproof vests to the war-torn country.
However, authorities reported on Thursday that over 400 bulletproof vests, which were supposed to reach Ukraine to oppose Russia’s invasion, were stolen in Manhattan.
The vests were donated by police and gathered by a non-profit group in New York City in order to convey tactical gear to civilians in the warzone.
The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office on Long Island stated that they are unable to determine whether the 450 used, decommissioned vests donated by the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America were the ones stolen.
Last week, Andrij Dobriansky, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, said the donated equipment will be flown to Poland and then carried into Ukraine.
The donated equipment, according to officials, will be used by civilian security and medical personnel, as well as people who have joined the Ukrainian military to oppose Russia’s invasion.
President Joe Biden pledged an additional $800 million in military aid to Ukraine.
Russian aircraft targeted a theatre where over a thousand civilians were sheltering, according to information from day 22 of the Russia-Ukraine war. A fallen missile caused casualties in a residential area of Kyiv. Russian naval troops targeted Ukrainian cities in the south of the Black Sea.
Since Russia started the war on February 24, nearly 700 people have been confirmed killed, according to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
He went on to say that the loss of infrastructure is causing problems such as serious disruptions in health care and availability of basic necessities.