Gov. Cooper Says North Carolina National Guard To Provide Military Equipment To Ukraine

RALEIGH, N.C. — Governor Cooper announced on Thursday the North Carolina National Guard will provide military equipment to Ukraine in support of its ongoing fight against Russian invasion.

“The reports of war crimes perpetrated by Russian forces amid their ongoing attacks on Ukraine are heartbreaking and demand serious action,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “North Carolina stands with the people of Ukraine and is ready to support their fight for democracy and freedom.”

At the request of the Department of Defense, the N.C. Army National Guard will provide M-113 Armored Personnel Carriers as part of a larger U.S. support package to Ukraine, according to a news release.

In February, Governor Cooper signed Executive Order 251 in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine 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.

Authorities say the order included alcohol sales through the North Carolina ABC Commission and purchasing and contracting through the Department of Administration.

Cooper also shared a list of state government support resources for military service members and their families as personnel based in North Carolina are deployed to help with the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.