On Friday, 20 January, a shipment including trench candles, trench construction rods, heaters and warm clothes much needed by Ukrainian soldiers set off from the town of Białystok. Meanwhile, a group of opposition MPs furnished equipment to those fighting in Bakhmut as part of the mission undertaken by the Open Dialogue Foundation.
The shipment of trench candles, trench construction rods, heaters and warm clothes was part of a campaign carried out as part of the “Switch off Putin” campaign initiated by RePlanet, an international movement for combating climate change. And more precisely, an outcome of initiatives taken by several environmental organisations i.e. a Polish FOTA4Climate Foundation, Augustów Beekeeping Fraternity and Białowieża-based EcoPreppers Group.
The equipment is to be delivered in the areas around Kramatorsk and Malynivka.
The shipments are set to arrive in eastern Ukraine – to soldiers deployed in the vicinity of Kramatorsk and Malynivka.
– The car was loaded full with the stuff that the soldiers themselves deemed necessary on the battlefield, such as bar clips used for securing trench logs which were made by voluntary workers, and trench candles used as a source of light and heat, or for cooking meals, as well as warm clothes, sleeping bags and other supplies that will help those fighting on the frontline to survive in cold weather conditions, such as body warmers – explained organisers of the initiative before the trip.
They explained: – Putin is a threat to us, the Europeans. His staying in power is dangerous both for the climate, and for our planet. It is obvious that in this situation we have to support Ukraine.
A great contribution to the preparation of the transport of these items was made by members of the Ukrainian community residing in the Podlasie region, many of whom were involved in the action of smelting trench candles. This cargo will reach, among others, their loved ones who are serving on the frontline.
The shipment is supposed to reach Ukraine via the border crossing at Hrebenne. The cargo consists of, inter alia, 1,200 trench rods, 470 trench candles, 650 winter socks, 350 body warmers, 25 power banks, 40 pairs of boots, 30 items of thermal clothing, 10 sleeping bags and food.
Opposition MPs supported soldiers fighting in Bakhmut
Meanwhile, five parliamentary opposition MPs who participated in an aid mission organised by the Open Dialogue Foundation have just returned from Bakhmut. As part of this aid mission, 15 tonnes of equipment – technical support for the Ukrainian Army has been delivered. The shipment included 13 reconnaissance UAVs, power generators, food and medical supplies.
On Thursday (19 January), on his way back from Bakhmut, Adam Szłapka (KO – Nowoczesna Party) remarked:
We have talked to residents and military personnel. They really need our support, especially military one, ahead of the upcoming second military offensive, which is being planned.
Hanna Gill-Piątek, MP (Polska 2050 Party): “In Bakhmut, where bombs are dropped on people’s heads, in Kramatorsk, Kharkov, wherever Ukrainians see us Poles, they open their arms to us. They treat us like brethren. They trust us. They believe that Poland, the West will help them win this war. We must not let them down”.
Witold Zembaczyński, MP (KO – Nowoczesna Party): “It will take artillery fire to freeze Putin’s inferno”
A Left MP Pawel Krutul from Podlasie (and a vice-chairman of the parliamentary national defence committee) reported: “We talked to officers and rank-and-file soldiers. We need to support them. They need artillery, tanks, fighter jets, ammunition. We must not let them down, we must supply all these weapons as Europeans, as the whole world.
MP Piotr Borys (KO-PO) shared a similar view. Basically, all MPs agreed: “There is hell in Bakhmut and the future of the entire Ukraine and Europe will be decided there”.
They added: “There is nothing out there. No food, no energy, no gas. Absolutely no chance for survival”.
The Open Dialogue Foundation continues to raise funds to help the fighting Ukraine. The struggling nation can be supported HERE.