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Report: Under US pressure, Israel bought ‘strategic supplies’ for Ukraine

FILE - Ukrainian soldiers sit on an armoured vehicle as they drive on a road between Izium and Lyman, recently retaken areas in Ukraine, on Oct. 4, 2022.  (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)
FILE - Ukrainian soldiers sit on an armoured vehicle as they drive on a road between Izium and Lyman, recently retaken areas in Ukraine, on Oct. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)

Israel has recently agreed to purchase “strategic supplies” for Ukraine amid intense US pressure to step up its assistance to Kyiv, the Haaretz daily reports.

The report, citing Western officials, says the unspecified aid is worth “millions of dollars” and comes following the insistence of the Biden administration that Israel do more than just provide humanitarian supplies.

The report says the purchase was a one-time thing and the decision on whether or not to continue will be up to the incoming government.

The report also says that Israel agreed to let NATO countries transfer some of their Israeli-made equipment to Ukraine.

The report says that the equipment transferred includes British weapons systems that have Israeli-made components, like electro-optical fire-and-control systems.

In addition, Israel is also providing Ukraine with intelligence information, the report says, citing American officials.

The report comes despite Israel’s insistence that it will only supply Ukraine with humanitarian aid as it seeks to preserve its delicate ties with Russia, which has a large military presence in Syria.

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