Ukrainian volunteers crowdfund 4 attack drones in 3 days

25 June, 01:05 PM
Bayraktar drone (Photo:REUTERS/Aziz Karimov)

Bayraktar drone (Photo:REUTERS/Aziz Karimov)

Ukrainian presenter, public figure and volunteer Serhiy Prytula together with Ukrainian blogger Igor Lachenkov raised 600 million hryvnias ($20.5 million) — enough for four Bayraktar drones in the space of three days, according to the Serhiy Prytula Charity Foundation update on Facebook posted on June 24.

"Ukrainians cannot be defeated. They are told ‘we’re 10% short’, and they raise for the fourth Bayraktar! We raised 600 million in three days! Thank you to everyone, every business, who joined this historic collection. You have proved that Ukrainians are capable of the impossible. You have proved that every hryvnia counts,” the post reads.

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Prytula reminded that the goal was to collect for three Bayraktars in a week, and Ukrainians donated for four in just three days.

"This project shows Ukrainians are the real deal. It’s about dignity. About the eradication of inferiority. We have shown ourselves and the whole world that nothing is impossible for Ukrainians. Let's believe in ourselves more and more!” he said.

For those who did not join the fundraising in time, Prytula promised to present a new project soon.

Prytula turned 41 on June 22, and for his birthday, he initiated a mass fundraiser for a large-scale project: In the eight days from June 22 to 29, he wanted funds to buy three Turkish-made Bayraktar drones for the Ukrainian military.

As Prytula previously reported, $15 million is needed for the purchase. The Serhiy Prytula Foundation contributed $2 million of its own funds. On June 23, the volunteer reported that the lion's share of donations ranged from 2 to 200 hryvnias.

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