Vladimir Putin is committed to a path of death and destruction. The losses which the Russian army has suffered in the past few weeks are significant and his response to this setback shows he will not stop. He is intent on trying to displace and kill thousands more innocent Ukrainians. He is also intent on killing thousands more of his own ill-equipped and ill-trained troops who he is sending to die on the battlefields of an illegal war. These are unacceptable actions which must not be tolerated.
In a televised interview with CNN, David Petraeus – former army general and current member of the Unite With Ukraine Strategic Advisory Council – praised the strength of the recent Ukrainian advances stating that "the tide clearly has turned."
General Wesley Clark, one of the members of the Unite With Ukraine Strategic Advisory Council, was interviewed for The Economist magazine’s podcast. The episode is focused on the news of Ukraine’s remarkable turnaround and the retreat of Russian troops. In only a few days, the Ukrainian army liberated 6,000 square kilometers of territory–more than Russia had seized in the previous five months.
Last month (August 2022), Unite With Ukraine, in partnership with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy’s United 24 initiative, ran a successful “Army of Drones” fundraising campaign. The campaign, which raised over US$ 500,000 dollars , collected funds to buy 3 different types of military drones. One of our generous “dronors” was Mr. Taras Jackiw, who donated USD $17,900 (CA$ 24,000) on the behalf of the Ukrainian War Veterans Association (UWVA) of Canada. UWU had a chance to ask Mr. Jackiw more about himself and the UWVA:
Yaryna Chornohuz, 27, is a Ukrainian poetess, volunteer and soldier. Instead of pursuing a career in philology, Yaryna opted for a marine’s beret. She is on Forbes magazine’s list of "100 Most Influential Women of Ukraine." In a recent social media post, Yaryna shared her reaction to the barbarities discovered in Izyum.
September 22, 2022 – New York. While attending the 77th UN General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York, the Ukrainian World Congress is calling upon global leaders and all peace-loving nations to make impactful decisions that will help stop Russia’s unprovoked war against Ukraine and the resulting global economic and geopolitical crisis.
The Kyiv Independent have announced their next community event will be with Christian Borys, founder of Saint Javelin.
Saint Javelin began in Feb. 2020 as an effort to raise $500 to support Ukrainians – and it then went viral. Since then, Saint Javelin has contributed over $1 million to pro-Ukrainian causes.
In an article published on September 18th 2022, The Washington Post has highlighted the work that Unite With Ukraine partner, Saint Javelin has been doing since the invasion began.
This weekend, September 16 – 18, Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival will return for its 26th edition. As the largest Ukrainian Street Festival in North America, the event will celebrate the very best of Ukrainian culture and all are welcomed to join in with the festivities. Come along to discover more about Ukrainian culture in Canada and appreciate the full meaning of Ukrainian hospitality.
The President of the EU, Ursula Von Der Leyen visited Kyiv for the third time this week since the illegal Russian invasion of Ukraine began. During her visit she met with a wide range of Ukrainian Government officials including with President Zelenskyy. At the end of her visit she held a joint Press conference with President Zeleneskyy in which she affirmed the EU’s support for Ukraine, saying that supporting Ukraine comes at a high cost, but freedom is "priceless".