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Georgia To Send Helmets, Bulletproof Vests In Aid Shipment To Ukraine

Georgia is preparing to send military helmets and bulletproof vests to Ukraine as part of what it calls a humanitarian aid shipment.

Georgia's minister of labor, health, and social affairs, Davit Sergeenko, told journalists in Tbilisi that the government has reached an agreement with transport companies to send humanitarian aid to Ukraine on September 10.

Defense Minister Irakli Alasania told Rustavi 2 television that the aid would include military helmets and bulletproof vests.

Alasania said Georgian hospitals are ready to treat Ukrainian soldiers injured in fighting with pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine. Kyiv and the West say the rebels are backed by Russian soldiers.

The conflict in Ukraine has struck a chord in Georgia, whose military fought against Russian forces that drove deep into the country during a five-day war in 2008 over a Russian-backed separatist region.