Suffolk County donating bulletproof vests to Ukraine in defense against Russian attacks


Suffolk County is donating hundreds of bulletproof vests to Ukraine to aid forces defending against the Russian invasion there.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Suffolk Police Commissioner Rodney K. Harrison today announced the donation of nine pallets containing more than 750 decommissioned bulletproof vests.

The vests, similar to the one Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is wearing in the above photo, are part of an outpouring of global support for Ukraine, from government agencies big and small.

For instance, Japan is also sending bulletproof vests to Kyiv, Ukraine. The country’s capital is among numerous cities under siege from Russian military forces, as a mass exodus of refugees continues.

The Japan donation is remarkable given that the country has a self-imposed ban on arms exports, over its militaristic past.

The Suffolk announcement was made at police headquarters in Yaphank.

Top photo: In this handout photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, right, pays a visit to the front line in Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)