A benefit race to help Ukrainians defend themselves from drone attacks
I'm all for this, believe me, and I have already donated to United24. But there is another issue here, and it concerns the very belated and inadequate response of the West to Ukraine's pleas for air defense systems. You may recall that in the early days of the war, Poland offered Ukraine their MiG-29 fighters but the US vetoed that, ensuring that Ukraine would never achieve air superiority over the Muscovites. The present situation is part of the same story: we have been giving them anti-air weaponry so slowly and in such small numbers that the aggressors have been able to disable large portions of the Ukrainian infrastructure.
So I would suggest that in addition to donating to United24, we press our leaders in Congress and the White House (or as appropriate in other countries) to provide Ukraine with state of the art anti-air systems and provide those systems in quantity, NOW!!
I cannot run, but I can donate. And I will, gladly.
Like Elizabeth, I can't run, either (severe asthma), but I can donate. When I posted this comment a few days ago, I got 35 likes, which I hope will translate into donations. Right afterwards, I redeemed all of the rewards $$ from my credit card and donated it to the Shahed Hunter fund. I'm going to repost it today in hopes that others will see it and spread the word! Here is the original comment:
After I finished reading this essay, I went to my credit card website to pay off the monthly balance. Years ago I signed up for rewards, and have been redeeming the dollar amount annually (at the end of the year) by adding it to my credit card balance. When I noticed that thus far I've accumulated $514 since Jan. 1, 2022, it occurred to me that instead of using it for a credit on my card, I could redeem it to my credit card as usual and then donate that amount to UNITED24 for a Shahed Hunter, using my credit card. I know that not everyone can afford to do this, but if you can, I urge you to do so, and to spread the word.
Signed up for the 10k, and a couple of tees. Wish I could afford more; it’s been a while since I ran that far, but they’re doing so much more over there—at least I can push myself
I am grateful for the skillful and helpful ways Timothy Snyder is responding to this terrible genocide, which is under my skin too. I have communicated with friends, politicians and just now donated. But I feel that we must keep repeating the message that Ukraine is in need, and why helping them is of crucial importance to a very large part of the world. This is a responsibility we can accept, and have the honor to do so!
I signed up and created a Facebook post. I am a walker and will happily be out there.
Done! I will be walking this time, but happy to put my feet to good cause!
From UNITED24's Newsletter today: In just a week, the famous historian collected almost $195,000. Please, support the fundraiser: https://u24.gov.ua/shahedhunter
A friend tried to donate to United24 a few days ago but kept getting a message that the page was unavailable. Was that a temporary glitch?
The balance in the Shahed Hunter account on 2nd December:
"As of December 2, $555,665 has been raised." (UNITED24 Newsletter). What a fun number!
Pr. Snyder. I have a question. Why are the bank details for the bank transfers the same for the Naval Drones & the Shahed Hunter? How are these transfers separated?
Small note. My Twitter account has been locked, so I hope Dr Snyder will post things here so his tweets aren't missed when this sort of thing happens.
Today someone asked me if I was planning to attend the IATEFL (English Teachers International Association) conference in the UK in 2023. I said I'd rather give the conference fee to UNITED24. So I am donating USD 225.00 today to Ambassador Timothy Snyder's fund. In the coming weeks, I will donate the hotel costs and the price of the railway ticket as well. Finally, I will donate the money for food and incidentals. UNITED24 will do well on account of me keeping away and watching the Yale classes - for free!
The 1,000 page collection of Ulrainian writers / Executed Renaissance by Jerzy Giedroyc.... nowhere to be found, nothing in English.
Could it be true?
You definitely know that something is seriously wrong with you when you put in "ukraine" as your password instead of the two-country combination (one in Latin America, one in Africa) that you have used for ages :-).