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The United States officials handed over to Ukraine special equipment for the protection of maritime borders worth UAH 29 million (over US$1.2 million).

The official ceremony of international assistance transfer under the Export Control and Border Security Program (EXBS) was held at the Odesa Port, the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine.

The assistance includes over 3,000 pieces of equipment worth UAH 29 million (over $1.2 million) which will be distributed among boat crews and special operations forces.

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The report says the equipment includes emergency gear, such as floating body armor, thermic suits, and OCENCO M-20.2 rescue gear (providing up to 15 minutes worth of respiratory protection during fire evacuation).

The package also includes GPS wristwatches, portable gas analyzers, and various ship lighting and inspection devices.

The assistance will be used to save lives of Ukrainian coast guards, including in the Joint Forces Operation zone, said Rear Admiral Oleh Kostur, head of the Regional Directorate of the Coast Guard of the State Border Guard Service.

In turn, U.S. officials assured that they will continue providing assistance to the State Border Guard Service, including to increase the effectiveness of the Coast Guard under the EXBS program.