Shopping list

Ukrainian official brings ‘shopping list’ to joint session of Arizona Legislature

PHOENIX — Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers said a Ukrainian official will bring a “shopping list” to a special joint session of the Legislative Assembly this week.

Bowers invited Dmytro Kushneruk, Ukraine’s consul general in San Francisco, to address Arizona lawmakers on the House floor Thursday at 12:30 p.m. The gallery will be open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, and discussions will be broadcast live.

“He definitely comes with a shopping list,” Bowers said. KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona Morning News Wednesday.

The Republican said Kushneruk was seeking financial aid — “money is the best,” Bowers said — and medical supplies for Ukraine, which has been at war since its Feb. 24 invasion by Russia.

“They certainly need relief in the medical areas, for the population, the soldiers and the victims of the atrocities that have happened,” Bowers said.

“He will come and discuss this with all of us on the floor, and we invite everyone to come.”

The Arizona Department of Emergencies and Military Affairs has already collected approximately 9,000 pounds of supplies and equipment, including body armor and other protective gear, donated by national law enforcement. and local to send to Ukraine.

Bowers said it was important for the state to go through official channels to ensure the aid fell into the right hands.

“There are military flights going to Europe regularly, coming out of our bases here in Arizona, and [they] are able to put additional supplies on those to get them to our bases and then to known relief agencies that have channels to Ukraine,” he said.

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