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The war in Donbas against Russian invasion continues, and nobody sees the end of it, and so little is being done to stop Russia.

These days we hear, read and talk about a battle at Avdiivka, Donetsk Region. Things there are very bad: many soldiers gave their lives for freedom of Ukraine, many-many more are wounded. Avdiivka is now an Ukrainian Aleppo.

My daughter, a talented, experienced and respected Ukrainian journalist who usually takes American, British and other foreign journalist to the war zone, these days switched to a nursing job at a hospital near Avdiivka to help Ukrainian medics in saving lives of Ukrainian warriors wounded in the battle.

She did so on Maidan in February 2014 when they started shooting protesters, and a field hospital did not have enough nurses to take care of wounded.

Now, she has to do this again in a real war zone, and I am so proud of her.

The temperature in Avdiivka falls below minus 14 by Celsius. There is no electricity and other things needed to take care of wounded soldiers. Needless to say, in which conditions medics are working there, and that the battle still continues.

In this situation, I raise my word, first of all, to remind my Ukrainian American and American compatriots that we have to demand from the US President and Congress to put as much as possible pressure on Russia to withdraw its armed forces and armory from Ukraine and let Ukraine and Ukrainian people to build their future without any kind of Russian "help".

At the same time, I ask all those who support Ukraine and Ukrainian people in their fighting Russian aggressors to donate as much as you can, so, we could forward at least something to help those fighting for Ukrainian freedom in Avdiivka.

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to Ukrainian University via this link:….

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Thank you!


Prof. Dr. Volodymyr Ivanenko

January 31, 2017

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