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Gantz speaks with Ukraine defense chief, pledges humanitarian support but no weapons

Defense Minister Benny Gantz, right, gives a statement to the media at the IDF Central Command headquarters in Jerusalem, on March 30, 2022, and Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov attends peace talks in the Gomel region, Belarus, February 28, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90; Sergei Kholodilin/BelTA Pool Photo via AP)
Defense Minister Benny Gantz, right, gives a statement to the media at the IDF Central Command headquarters in Jerusalem, on March 30, 2022, and Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov attends peace talks in the Gomel region, Belarus, February 28, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90; Sergei Kholodilin/BelTA Pool Photo via AP)

Defense Minister Benny Gantz speaks on the phone with his Ukrainian counterpart Oleksii Reznikov, pledging Israel’s support for Ukraine in face of Russia’s invasion but clarifying that due to “operative restrictions,” it cannot hand Kyiv weapons.

According to a statement from Gantz’s office, he received an update on the war and expressed his condolences for the lives lost and the severe humanitarian situation in Ukraine.

Gantz stressed Israel’s humanitarian support and help in saving lives by supplying defense systems, his office says.

The ministers agree to hold immediate talks for Israel to supply civilian alert systems and to stay in contact over the next weeks to discuss other matters.

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