It has been a year of full-scale invasion of Ukraine and UDS is dedicated towards making as much impact as possible.
We have an URGENT need for volunteers! Details at the bottom of this newsletter!
Since 2022, UDS has;
Provided 13 vehicles, 7 generators – over $104,000 total to military units in Ukraine!
Supported 4 military units
Met with 4 US lawmakers and over a dozen staffers
Participated in 19 pro-Ukraine events
Over 220 members and countless organization allies
Partnered with the International Legion Fund, the official registered Ukrainian nonprofit supporting the International legion of Ukraine.
We just bought a new 4×4 for the special forces in the Legion:
Check our Facebook to view details of the equipment we have purchased (typically in Poland), how it is prepared and shipped to Kyiv, where our partner org, the International Legion Fund, distributes it directly to the front line troops.
To support the troops with more equipment, donate using the button above. We supply pictures and info for donations, upon request.
UDS founders and members attending a conference in Washington DC. We met with so many representatives with the help of our members all over the country!
Building Support for Ukraine Through Community Events
365 of Defending Freedom
February 24 marked one year of Russia’s full scale aggression and invasion of Ukraine. Ukraine Defense Support and Ukrainian Association of Washington State partnered up to make for a memorable, impactful experience.
Commemorative bannering over I-5. We lost track after the first 300 honks!
On February 26th, a night vision, 2 thermals, and medical supplies were hand-delivered to a unit on the front lines after a successful fundraiser started by one of our members.
Several UDS members went to DC for Ukraine Week to continue to keep attention on supporting Ukraine.
5 March 2023, an invaluable opportunity to interact with our congressman Adam Smith at his town hall, which led us to new allies in the Iranian community.
UDS members attended the Woman, Life, Freedom rally in Kirkland with our Iranian allies, Voice of Iran Washington (VOI). David gave a passionate speech about the necessity of standing together and Violetta shared her family’s experience in occupied Kherson oblast.
We wrapped up March with a little fun for a very big cause! UDS volunteers helped UkrHelp Foundation set up for their Spread the Love concert benefiting Ukrainian heroes and children. Read the Fox 13 article here!
How to Get Involved
We are looking for event trackers, social media managers (with immense need for Reddit!), grant writers, content creators, Ukrainian translators, and helpers who would like to make phone calls to form alliances! Don’t hesitate to share with us about your skills, talents, or interests – we have a place for you and could use your help! Tune into our Thursday meetings in person at European Foods in Shoreline, at 7pm, or via Zoom! (Please email us for the link!)
Join us on social media
- Facebook facebook.com/UkraineDefenseSupport
- Instagram instagram.com/UDS_Seattle
- Twitter twitter.com/UDS_Seattle
Ukraine’s amazing perseverance and bravery in the face of seemingly-overwhelming odds is an inspiration to all of humanity. The leadership of UDS thanks all members, allies, donors and others helping Ukraine in its existential struggle. It is an honor to work with you on this, the right side of history. Slava Ukraini!!
-Carl, Anton, Jeff, Pam and all the other committed leaders at UDS