An armoured combat vehicle instead of a tank: Slovak volunteers raised almost 200k Euro for the Ukrainian army
Slovak volunteers have almost raised money for an armored combat vehicle for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This was announced during a briefing at the Ukraine-Odesa Media Center by a volunteer from Slovakia, coordinator of the NGO “Gift for Ukraine” Eric Muchka.
“As of today, we have raised 180 thousand euros. We wanted to buy a tank for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. But then we consulted the Ukrainian embassy, and they suggested that it would be better to buy an armoured combat vehicle. What we are going to buy now meets NATO standards and can perform a number of tasks: tactical engagement, mobile command, etc. This vehicle will really help Ukraine’s soldiers fight for their free country,” the volunteer said.
More than 3,000 people have donated to Ukrainian defenders. The armoured vehicle was made in Slovakia. Volunteers plan to raise several thousand euros more.
On September 30, elections were held in Slovakia, with the victory of the Course – Social Democracy political party. On November 22, 2023, the new government formed by the party terminated government military assistance to Ukraine.
“We understand that the victory of the pro-Russian party in the early parliamentary elections is bad news for Ukrainians, but we will not stop our volunteer assistance. After all, everything here depends on ordinary people, not on our government,” said Eric Muchka.
The volunteer said that Ukrainian defenders are undergoing rehabilitation in Slovakia after being wounded. He recently talked to one of them, named Yuriy Muchka, and made a video about him. The volunteers plan to spend the next collection on secure communications equipment for the Ukrainian military.
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