Israel delivers 3 more armored ambulances to Ukraine, says Defense Ministry

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Three armored ambulances that have been delivered to Ukraine, January 30, 2023. (Defense Ministry)
Three armored ambulances that have been delivered to Ukraine, January 30, 2023. (Defense Ministry)

Israel’s Defense Ministry says it has delivered three additional armored ambulances to Ukraine’s emergency services today amid Russia’s nearly year-long invasion of the country.

One such ambulance from Israel, which was delivered several weeks ago, “is already assisting rescue forces in life-saving activities,” the ministry says.

The bulletproof Mercedes Sprinter ambulances are armored by the Israeli Plasan Re’em company.

Jerusalem has so far avoided providing direct military aid to Kyiv — including offensive arms or advanced defensive technology — since Russian troops invaded Ukraine on February 24 last year, in an attempt to avoid sparking a crisis with 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.

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