Japan sends bulletproof vests from defense forces to Ukraine

Baku, March 9, AZERTAC

Japan on Tuesday sent bulletproof vests and helmets from its Self-Defense Forces to Ukraine in a rare delivery of such equipment to a country under armed attack, according to Kyodo News.

The delivery of SDF supplies reflects Japan's increased commitment to helping Ukraine amid the Russian aggression and comes after the government revised its guidelines on the transfer of defense equipment to make the shipment possible.

A KC-767 aerial refueling and transport aircraft carrying the supplies left the Air Self-Defense Force's Komaki base in central Japan on Tuesday night for Poland.

Other nonlethal items, including tents, winter clothing, emergency food items, hygiene products, cameras and power generators, will be delivered as soon as they are ready, according to the Defense Ministry.

"We will deliver the goods by SDF aircraft and via other means as soon as possible," Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said at a press briefing.

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