Oleksi But (pronounced bute) is now in Chernivtsi, a town on the border of Romania in Ukraine. “Chernivtsi is viewed as one of Western Ukraine's main cultural centers. The city is also considered one of Ukraine's important educational and architectural sites. Historically a cosmopolitan community, Chernivtsi was once dubbed "Little Vienna" and "Jerusalem upon the Prut".” (Wiki) If you were there it would be hard to leave. It’s art and architecture I’ve seen in my college Art History class at Umass, Amherst. Religious overtones are abundant.
Oleksi is a tennis teaching professional who had an outdoor club in Kiev and is anxious to return to his home and teach his students. There isn’t much opportunity to teach in Chernivsti. From reading the news it seems that if Ukraine were given, loaned, sold, or bartered a few jets (yes, a reconditioned Mig will do) then it could play on a level field. Not having enough air support gives the Russian Air Force a pass to murder innocent men, women and children. Romania is trying to cough up some of its defective grounded Migs. The Ukrainian aeronautical engineering is vastly superior to many countries. They can make these things work well and become formidable.
This passionate coach wants to develop students but I’m not sure of how many he will get based upon the condition of the sky! His international students will not opt in. His only students are likely to be fellow Kiev residents who are returning home hoping for a better life than the bread lines in Romania or the shelters in Poland. They really have no where else to go. The regions surrounding Ukraine are largely poor. Many refugees from Ukraine are deciding to head back home and take a chance that they will win the war and they will get their homes back. The United States to date is not taking enough refugees— 100,000. Close to four million have left the country. Many Ukrainians will return to their driveways as the Russian forces recede. But until that day happens, a Ukrainian cowboy pilot walks into a bar and says, “what do you have to do to get a mig around here?” The bar tender says, “make your own.” Perhaps then, Ukrainian Migs will fly overhead proudly securing its flock from flying birds of prey.
Going to Kyiv in several days, it's much safer there now. People going back to Kyiv slowly.
Very good news that USA gives us a lend lease. So it seems that the final goal is to destroy Russian army, which is now very possible. We are waiting for the battle for Donbas, actually its already going. Main battle will be at Slovyansk, if we loose it, it will be a big problem, if not - russians can't go further. After that we should go attack, in 2 weeks we will get proper weapon for this. We will loose Mariupol unfortunately, nothing we can do as I heard.
Russia lost already 20 000 troops, mNy if them don't want to fight. The best solution for us is do not make any peace contract until we will do a huge damage to the ru army. But the bad thing is that that bombs will never stop now, and will live like in Israel or even worst. But we will see..."
There is a problem defending the sky of Ukraine. The Ukraine air force has 50 fighter jets while Russia has 500 committed to Ukraine. The Ukraine air force has more pilots than jets. These air craft are pushed each day to 50 sorties while the Russian air force flies 200. Despite being out numbered the Ukr force are highly experienced dog fighters and combined with their missile defense system have been able to stall the Russian attack. After making some quick calculations I've discovered if every citizen of NATO contributed 1.00 we could buy 25 Ukraine fighter jets, at a cost of 25 million each, which is full retail pricing. You realize that 1 billion people populate NATO. If each person in NATO contributed 4.00 the price of a cheap beer on Cape Cod, then they'd have 100 fighter jets. That would for sure be a game changer with the ingenuity of the Ukrainians. It would cost 4 Billion Dollars. And not one penny would come from the U.S. government. Or any other government! The way wars are fought are changing before our eyes. And the internet has changed everything. People now have more power to impact the world than ever before. We no longer have to watch things happen. We can either make things happen or wonder what the heck just happened! It's up to us.
This is a link to buy a fighter jet for Ukraine! Consider tossing in 1.00 or more when they have it accepting contributions. This site is managed by Ukrainian pilots crowd funding. This is the youtube vidoe and link for "Buy me a fighter jet". youtu.be/foPUxMvXbhk.
Happy Patriot's Day!