US Aid to Ukraine Requires More Than Just Guns. Fresh loans and mortgages while war goes on can create an economic growth story and a more total victory for Ukraine.
Ukraine can use help over the long term and not just for its military. Property damage as documented in the film Trek to Bucha fits along a spectrum, from little/isolated damage from guided/cruise missiles in Lviv, to almost complete devastation from artillery bombardments in Irpin. If compared to a Cat-5 hurricane one might think of Irpin as where the eye of the storm hit. As we move away from the eye the damage becomes less and less. Overall, the damage and financial loss is as manageable as a windstorm event in terms of insured losses – at least from a retroactive point of view.
In short, Ukrainians can use not just guns but a bit more butter, too.
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Thanks to all who joined us yesterday at Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church in Boston, and on Facebook Live around the world.
Even though the Patriots were kicking off just as we began screening the film, we still had a rapt crowd of 50 or so supporters of the Ukrainian cause, seeing the film for the first time with great food provided by the parish.
For those that did not attend, we are making the standard definition version of the film available at no charge for the next week. Just click on the Vimeo link at: https://vimeo.com/748323484 by Sunday the 18th of September.
For those that have seen the film, please fill out the short survey we have set up. Just go to Trek to Bucha Feedback Survey (theoeco.org).
Lastly, I was greatly humbled by the outpouring of generosity for the event both in person and online with well over a thousand dollars raised so far. Thank YOU!
I hope that witnessing the stories of those in the film will inform viewers as to what Ukrainians on the front lines have gone through – and will face going forward. This film shows what’s at stake for ordinary people that happen to live too close to Russia.
Homeowners and businesses could use international support from insurance companies and banks, that in return can use guarantees from international monetary authorities and governments. Ukrainians can use not just guns but a bit of butter too.
What's next for Trek to Bucha? Captions, and a 57-minute version. And a tour to promote the film both in the USA and Europe is in the works – Back to Bucha! And Warsaw. Lviv, Kyiv, and Irpin. We’ll also be reaching out to those constituencies featured in the film for their support.
Ideally, we can shore up support for Ukraine as Europe moves into a difficult winter with energy supply cutoffs from Putin testing their resolve.
We can’t do it without you.
Steve Richards at stever@TheoEco.org.
Слава Україні! Glory to Ukraine!
Join us on Facebook Live from Boston on 9/11
We will livestream the premiere event on Facebook Live with the hope that our friends — and stars of the film — in Lviv, Kyiv, and Bucha can be part of it. The premiere screening takes place on Sunday, September 11, 2022, at 12:30 PM EDT (7:30 PM Bucha time) from Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church in Boston.
We’ll be broadcasting the entire event, including the screening of the film and a Q&A afterward with the director, other members of the team, and hopefully some of the film’s stars — live from Boston, Lviv, Kyiv, and Bucha.
Just go to facebook.com/TheoEcoOrg on 9/11 and click on the Facebook Live link you'll find there.
Слава Україні! Glory to Ukraine!