---- У пн, 18 квіт. 2022 03:09:21 +0300 Kevin Pease Tennis Professional <firstname.lastname@example.org> написав ----
Dear Ukraine Military,
I am an American Citizen of modest means and want to help you.
I have a mailing list of 1,250 people. I have send out a request for help. Should I just send your link out or is something extra I can say to help in my newsletter.
I’m a tennis coach and I’ve housed refugees from Ukraine. I have much respect for your country.
United States of America
A response from the Ukraine Air Force
We are thankful for your attention towards our project. Your support is very important for us!
We carry out combat missions and defend our country and our land from invaders.
But there is a catastrophically small amount of airplanes. Unfortunately, at the moment, this problem cannot be solved at the interstate level. So we decided to take the initiative into our own hands and, as volunteers, ask the world for help! First of all, we ask billionaires and benefactors-millionaires - to buy and give us a plane.
At the same time we are very excited by the reactions of ordinary people who have average incomes, but still want to help us. So far, we do not have an account to which you can transfer the money. But we will definitely open it in the near future and show it on our website, as well as send it to your email.
We ask you to spread information about us in social networks, on YouTube and Instagram, to bring the information to government and businessmen in your country. This will help us a lot.
The link for the expansion of our video:
Our Website (English version is on the right side on top of the website):
Your contribution will be extremely important for saving people's lives!
May God protect you Kevin!
Members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
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!
Going to Cali
Their flight to Sacramento left on Monday April 4 at 5:40 pm. It was a quick ride to Logan International. On the ride up we talked about Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, and Ukraine. Maryna and Timur easily switch tongues between Ukrainian and English with Timur as interpreter. After conferring in Ukrainian, they both explained the differences to me—Moldova is the poorest, then Romania, and then Bulgaria. They agreed with each other that Bulgaria was the most like Ukraine in quality of life but all of these other countries had high concentrations of gypsies. Maryna explained that Ukraine has a “middle” life. People were not rich but not poor. Ukrainians can have “good life”, a flat, food and a job making a relative 600 U.S. dollars per month is successful. Overall the standard of Living has increased every year while poverty levels have decreased. The poverty level of Russia is double that of Ukraine. Maryna explained that much of Russia is poor. I gathered what we in the U.S. think is poor and what the countries previously mentioned feel is poor is different. She also explained that Ukrainians work hard for what they have.
Seeking to change the conversation I asked, “What is your favorite country?”
“Spain,” Maryna said. “It’s beautiful there. Lots of fields. Why do you ask about other countries?”
“I’ve never to been to any of these places. I want to know what you think. Tell me about how live your week.”
Maryna explained she was at work some days at 6 am and returned home as late as 10 pm. I thought of Mitch McDeere, from John Grisham’s, “The Firm”. She would teach tennis to students in Kiev at various courts around the city, take Timur to golf clubs, and manage sports programs at a large sports facility just outside of Kiev. On weekends she tended to her antique shops! And then go to the Sports Club. She said she is happiest talking with her friends, teaching tennis, and taking Timur to his golf training and events. There is no day off, just days. She had a happy life.
“I want to be a golf professional on the PGA tour. Someday I’ll return to my country,” said Timur. Maryna listened and agreed nodding her head. A remarkable goal stated simply. Timur stated, “If I can’t do it, I’ll be back here walking Mandy (my Coon Hound Rescue). We all laughed hard. They walked her several times per day and to the beach.
“Like ocean. Like people,” Maryna said, referring to Falmouth. Timur and Maryna have found people here kind. Many have sent cards for food and clothes. They thank you all.
Now they are in California. Timur and Maryna are chasing his golf dream. Maryna is making contacts where she may find work teaching tennis soon.
I’ve started a go fund me account that’s doing well. They had their life in Kiev taken from them. They have only the clothes on their backs.
They’d really appreciate it if you would share or donate to their GoFundMe. gofund.me/fa78deb0
Author & Coach