A SCOTTISH veteran is encouraging former soldiers to donate any spare army equipment they have to help aid Ukraine.

Duncan Spinner, a former Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders soldier, is asking his fellow veterans to bring in their own helmets, body armour, boots and whatever else they have that could help Ukrainians.

As well as this, Spinner is looking for medical supplies to send to the country.

Ukraine continues to face bombardments from Russia, with a recent strike hitting a maternity and children’s hospital being described as “depraved”.

Now, a former soldier who was airlifted out of Ukraine just two weeks ago by the RAF wants his fellow soldiers to do their bit to help the eastern European nation defend itself.

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Speaking to The National, Spinner said: “I put out a call on the regimental association on Facebook three days ago for the guys to bring in all of their stuff that they stole when they left the army.

"Their helmets, their body armour, their boots and everything. And we're gonna take a truckload of this stuff into Ukraine. We want 500 sets, and we're pretty close to 500 sets already in the first 72 hours.

“Any ex-soldier or sailor or air force person can bring that stuff to a location near Stirling, to drop it off for us to take it.

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Duncan Spinner is encouraging veterans to donate their old equipment

“The bottom line is: it's people out, stuff in.”

Spinner’s Facebook post read: “Right now Ukraine has brave men and women fighting the Russians. They don't have supplies, and the logistic battle needs to be won.

“The Ukrainian MOD has asked for 50,000 helmets, and I am asking for your support.

"We all left the army with bukshi kit. Somewhere, in your garage lurks a helmet, some webbing, a pair of boots, some medkit. The men and women of Ukraine need this. You don't.

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“Intent is to equip 500 people of the territorial defence units as soon as possible, at no cost to Ukraine.”

He went on: “If you don't have any, and have the money, buy from a surplus store, or online and bring to their distribution points.

“Once we have sufficient mass, we will move it, and use the transport to move people out.”

Those who wish to help the effort can contact thinredlinelogistics@protonmail.com, phone 07789 055420 or 07768 827857, or head to Self Storage Stirling at the back of Hill Road Industrial Estate, FK8 1SH from 10.30pm on Saturday.