A batch of helmets and bulletproof vests, which were purchased thanks to an online fundraiser, has been sent to Ukraine. The campaign was organised by the Open Dialogue Foundation, which is preparing further deliveries of equipment for the defenders of Kyiv and other cities.
210 kevlar ballistic helmets and 70 bulletproof vests class IV left for the Polish-Ukrainian border in the morning. The equipment will be distributed, among others, to the civil defence of Lviv and Kyiv, as well as to journalists covering the Russian aggression against Ukraine.
The campaign is coordinated by Martin Mycielski from the Open Dialogue Foundation.
“Today Ukrainians need not only solidarity, but also direct help. Funds are needed to provide humanitarian aid to defenders of the country and victims of war. The list of needs can change dynamically — in the past, it was mainly helmets and bulletproof vests, uniforms, medical bandages and night vision devices, but also funds for the upkeep of internally displaced persons and support for those arriving in Poland, assistance for Ukrainian volunteers and civilian media,” reads the Foundation’s website.
“Territorial Defence Forces also need support and we have received reports that food, medicine and medical equipment will be needed. It is possible that we will start collecting in-kind donations, but at the moment the quickest and most practical way to help is with money,” the organisers add.
Money can be donated via the website zrzutka.pl here. The Open Dialogue Foundation is preparing a special form through which you can report your need for equipment.
And here is a list of other fundraisers.