Israel Sends Armored Ambulances to Ukraine, Blinken Wants More

By Zalman Ahnsaf

Three bullet-proof ambulances sent by Israel to Kyiv, humanitarian assistance in the war with Russia. (Israel Ministry of Defense Spokesperson’s Office)

YERUSHALAYIM – Israel sent three bullet-proof ambulances to Ukraine’s emergency services on Monday, the Foreign Ministry announced.

The delivery follows the shipment of the first such vehicle, delivered several weeks ago, and which “is already assisting rescue forces in life-saving activities,” the ministry said.

However, like Ukraine, the Biden administration is not satisfied with humanitarian assistance.

As U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on his arrival in Israel on Monday, in a press conference with his counterpart Eli Cohen:

“We appreciate Israel’s humanitarian assistance. We look forward to discussing what more can we do,” said Blinken.

Despite repeated exhortations from Kyiv, Yerushalayim has so far declined to provide direct military aid – including offensive arms or advanced defensive technology – since doing so could bring a hostile reaction from Moscow.

Israel has, however, provided defensive equipment to Ukraine’s emergency and rescue forces as well as tons of humanitarian aid, and set up a field hospital in western Ukraine for several weeks.

Cohen confirmed to the Times of Israel that he is slated to visit Kyiv “in the near future.”

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