Thursday, April 18, 2024

N.C. National Guard to provide military equipment to Ukraine

The Department of Defense will send a support package of equipment to Ukraine, including M-113 Armored Personnel Carriers from the NC National Guard, to help fight against Russian forces that invaded the country in February. (Courtesy photo)

To help fight the battle against Russian aggression, Ukraine will receive a large support package from the U.S. Department of Defense. Included will be M-113 Armored Personnel Carriers from the N.C. National Guard, according to Gov. Roy Cooper.

“The reports of war crimes perpetrated by Russian forces amid their ongoing attacks on Ukraine are heartbreaking and demand serious action,” Gov. Cooper said in a press release. “North Carolina stands with the people of Ukraine and is ready to support their fight for democracy and freedom.” 

Thousands of troops from Fort Bragg were deployed to Poland, Germany and Romania in February, due to the conflict. The governor has shared resources for military members and their families who have been deployed because of “Russia’s unjustified attacks on Ukraine.”

Two months ago, the governor signed off on Executive Order No. 251 as Russia first crossed the borders into Ukraine. Cooper’s order directs a review of all contracts within state government agencies and departments to cease business with Russian entities. This included alcohol sales through the state-controlled ABC Commission. 

READ MORE: Cooper directs ABC commission, state agencies to suspend business with Russian entities

It also entailed the Department of Administration Division of Purchase and Contract to review and terminate agreements from which Russia would benefit. In February, the governor encouraged local municipalities to divest in Russian assets and refrain from signing contracts with the nation’s companies to ensure no money is funneled back into the country.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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