RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina National Guard will provide military equipment to Ukraine in its war with Russia, Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday.
At the request of the U.S. Department of Defense, the N.C. Army National Guard is providing M-113 armored personnel carriers as part of a larger U.S. support package to Ukraine, Cooper said in a news release.
The governor also has shared a list of state government support resources for military service members and their families as military personnel based in North Carolina are deployed because of the war.
In February, Cooper signed an executive order that directed state government agencies and departments to review all existing contracts and operations and to terminate any agreements or operations that directly benefit Russian entities.
Last month, Washington finalized the fiscal year 2022 $1.5 trillion spending bill, which provides $13.6 billion in new aid for the Ukraine crisis.
The money was in large part to restore military stocks of equipment already transferred to Ukrainian military units through the president’s drawdown authority.
As of last week, aid from U.S. military stockpiles for Ukraine included more than 1,400 Stinger anti-aircraft systems and 5,500 Javelin anti-tank weapons.
However, neither Stingers nor Javelins were included in the administration’s latest $800 million drawdown package.