Historian Timothy Snyder raises nearly $1.3 million for Shahed Hunter drone-catching system

12 February, 11:51 AM
Timothy Snyder (Photo:Mykola Swarnyk/Wikipedia)

Timothy Snyder (Photo:Mykola Swarnyk/Wikipedia)

Professor Timothy Snyder, a Yale University expert on the history of Ukraine and Eastern Europe, has raised almost $1.3 million for a Russian anti-drone system known as the Shahed Hunter, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine Mykhailo Fedorov, reported on Telegram on Feb. 11.

“Six such systems already protect Ukraine’s energy facilities from Russian attacks. Thanks to Timothy’s fund-raising, we will buy even more ‘Hunters,’” Fedorov said.

Snyder raised $1,268,196 under his own name through United24, a fundraising platform, initiated by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The goal was to raise $1,250,000.

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“If you helped with this fund-raising, you helped save lives. Thank you very much. History is being made all around us, and each of us has a role, big or small, that we can play,” Snyder said, quoted by news outlet mind.ua.

The Shahed Hunter is a U.S. system of radars and autonomous drones that can block and intercept enemy drones.

A total of 11,278 donations were made for the Shahed Hunter through United24. Among those who joined the initiative are politician and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and philosopher Yuval Noah Harari.

The ambassadors of the Ukrainian fundraising platform United24 already include actor Mark Hamill, astronaut Scott Kelly, singer Barbra Streisand, the band Imagine Dragons, and others.

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