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Americans donate body armor, ammunition for Ukraine – Reuters.com

“You understand, it was guns, bullets and body armor,” stated Starr, for whom Respect.Studio in western Ukraine provides social marketing services.The young digital marketers at Respect.Studio, part of Ukraines huge innovation services-outsourcing sector, said they were organizing a territorial defense squad.Register now for FREE endless access to Reuters.comRegisterThe Fort Worth entrepreneur knew he could not send weapons, but he found he might lawfully deliver body armor and helmets.Starr expects to send the very first 20 sets of helmets and bullet-proof vests to Respect.Studio this week, followed by up to 2,000 more through contributions of cash and gear.”Were stressed about the people that weve been on video calls with for 2 years,” stated Starr, who owns The Starr Conspiracy marketing agency.He is among Americans gathering thousands of sets of body armor, promising millions of rounds of ammo and even trying to contribute weapons in response to Ukraines pleas for military aid.”I NEED AMMUNITION”American donors are running into U.S. and foreign export licenses requirements for devices like contemporary bullet proof vests, firearms and ammunition.Some are partnering with Ukrainian relief groups to get previous export hurdles.Starr is delivering his vests through the Ukrainian American Coordinating Council, a non-profit group that is licensed to do so, he said.In New York state, the Suffolk County Sheriffs Office on Monday provided around 450 pieces of body armor to the Long Island-Ukraine Emergency Response Drive.Remington Ammunition, and other systems of U.S. company Vista Outdoor (VSTO.N), on Friday said they would contribute one million rounds of ammo to the Ukraine Armed Forces.Ammo Inc CEO Fred Wagenhals on Tuesday stated Ukraine had approved his companys contribution of one million rounds, which were in Poland.The Arizona munitions company made the deal after President Volodymyr Zelenskiy notoriously quipped, “I need ammunition, not a trip,” in reaction to a U.S. evacuation offer.
And in what may be the United States only weapon drive for Ukraine, New Yorks Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman has introduced a bid to gather semi-automatic rifles and shotguns.The Republican political leader said he had gathered over 50 donated guns and was dealing with federal authorities to get rid of export barriers.”We want to make certain they have the weapons they require to defend their houses,” stated Blakeman.Register now totally free unlimited access to Reuters.comRegisterReporting by Andrew Hay in Taos, New Mexico; Editing by Donna Bryson and Cynthia OstermanOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.