Ukraine War: Arizona sends charity estimated $400,000 worth of tactical and defensive supplies


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A Ukrainian charity has received a huge donation of about $400,000 worth of tactical and defensive gear from Arizona as part of an effort to ease supply shortages in the war against Russia.

Ihor Koval, 58, was born in Ukraine and served in the Soviet army before it was disbanded in 1992. He later moved to America and raised a family, but returned when conflict broke out in Donetsk in 2014 to help supply troops on the front lines. through his charity, Evil Cannot Enter Heaven.

The Koval family has created a US extension of the charity, which can accept donations via its website or by texting UKRAINE at 56512 or 1-866-447-6645.

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Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, a Republican, organized the collection and shipment of surplus vests and armor to Ukraine through Ihor Koval’s charity, raising over 9,000 pounds – about 17 pallets – of equipment.

“We got a letter from the governor of Arizona, straight to us, with pictures of them,” Roman Koval, Ihor’s son, told Fox News Digital.

Roman Koval said the charity received equipment donations from the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA); Arizona Department of Public Safety; Mesa, Sedona and Phoenix Police Departments; a number of sheriff’s departments; and several Native American reservations, including the Navajo.

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“We have also been in contact with several other state DEMAs, which is a work in progress,” Roman Koval told Fox. “We have had the opportunity to connect with people who send between $2,000 and $5,000 in equipment or funds. »

He also mentioned people giving “all they can”.

“DEMA, when they organized it, sent over 900 body armor, helmets and a ton of tactical gear i.e. non-lethal aid like boots and clothing” , he added. He estimated the total the charity raised alone was $75,000, but the massive donations from Arizona have been incredible.

Ihor Koval, who remains in Lviv, Ukraine, to coordinate the distribution of equipment to the front lines, said his family is buying what they can with the donations while he buys more tactical equipment – including night vision and heat vision goggles, Kevlar vests. and thermal underwear.

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He suffered some violence during his deliveries, including a near-miss with the explosion at Kramatorsk station.

“On the way back, as I was coming back…about a quarter of a mile, we were held up for about three minutes at the station, because one of the soldiers wanted to take something to him in Lviv, and we heard this explosion, “, said Ihor Koval. “As we found out later, it was just around the corner from the station.”

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The list of required equipment has evolved, with troops needing knee pads and bulletproof vests, but also generators, telephones, pants, and general uniforms and clothing.

“Yesterday in Poland, I bought thermal underwear, boots, socks… mainly everything for optics, binoculars, that sort of thing,” he said.

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Fighting in Ukraine has moved east after Russia failed to take kyiv after a month-long siege, meaning fighting will continue in the very region that first prompted Ihor Koval to start his charity and join the war effort.

“It’s exactly the same villages I was going to in 2014 – same area, and they hold the line very well,” he said, adding that the Ukrainians “are not giving up at all.”


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