Over PLN 7.5 million was paid to the online collection account for the purchase of the Bayraktar TB2 combat drone for the Ukrainian army (as of 7 p.m. on Friday). The Internet campaign started by Sławomir Sierakowski, a columnist for “Krytyka Polityczna”, is supported by, among others, Belarusians who are against the policy of the Alexander Lukashenka regime. Famous people are also encouraging contributions, including Agnieszka Holland, Maja Ostaszewska, Zbigniew Hołdys, Anna Dziewit-Meller and Andrzej Stasiuk.
For the purchase of the Turkish combat drone, which from the first days of the war became symbol of the resistance of the Ukrainians against invaders from Russia, PLN 22.5 million is needed. Thanks to the donors’ commitment, there is already a third of this amount on the account.
A collection that is located HERE, has already been supported by over 67,000 people. Over 40,000 zlotys come from a group of over 300 people, which paid money using a sub-account for citizens – as we read in the description of the collection – “occupied by the Lukashenka regime Belarus“Donors” do not want to stand idly by the monstrous war in Ukraine“:
– We want to give a clear signal that Belarusians are looking at a nightmare Ukraine completely different than it results from the position of the Lukashenka regime – emphasizes Tomasz Sulima, a Polish journalist of Belarusian nationality, who set up an account from which funds support the main fundraiser.
“Fighting for peace in this part of the world”
The campaign of collecting money for the purchase of a combat drone was supported by many famous peopleamong others Agnieszka Holland, Zbigniew Hołdys, Anna Dziewit-Meller and Andrzej Stasiuk. The actress Maja Ostaszewska and Stanisław Tym also expressed their support for the fundraising.
– The combat drone can help our Ukrainian neighbors, our Ukrainian friends to oppose the Russian aggression. Fight for the peace, life and security of Ukrainian citizens. But also ours, because it is a fight for peace in this part of the world – emphasized Ostaszewska in a recording published on social media.
– If anyone can support a fundraiser for the Bayraktar drone that we are buying for Ukraine, let him support it. They are fighting there and they will win – told Tym.
“Astronomical amount, but nobody got scared”
The journalist Sławomir Sierakowski came up with the idea to raise money for the TB2 drone. – The sum was astronomical in the beginning, but no one got scared. You can see that when there is war, we do not calculate, but go and fight – a journalist told a TVN24 reporter.
According to Sierakowski, on the part of the Ukrainians he heard voices of gratitude and support for his idea.
– I know from the reactions of the Ukrainian media and ordinary people that this Bayraktar is also hope. There is a great fear that people in the West go on vacation, lose interest, lose attention and strength for this war. So when Poles suddenly throw themselves off to give them Bayraktar, a state-of-the-art, most needed weapon, it means that the world does not forget that we are with them – said the journalist of “Krytyka Polityczna”.
A columnist encouraged me to continue supporting the fundraiser.
– We help both militarily and humanely, and we give hope. Come with us, he said. The information published on the screenshot website shows that if the entire planned amount is not collected, the collected money will be transferred to the fund of the Ukrainian Armed Forces at the National Bank of Ukraine.
– We will do the same with the surplus – declares Sierakowski.
Bayraktar TB2 is decimating Russian troops
The TB2 Bayraktars are Turkish-made combat drones. They are powered by a piston engine and the propeller is located at the rear. TB2 has a range of about 150 kilometers, can ascend to eight thousand meters, and can stay in the air for up to 27 hours. Avionics helps in maneuvering the machine even when communication with the person controlling the drone fails.
Ukraine had 20 TB2s at the beginning of the Russian invasion, but it is known that the Russians destroyed some, and Turkey continues to supply new units in the accelerated mode. How many Kyiv currently has them – it is not officially known.
In recent days, one of the Turkish drones – also funded thanks to a fundraiser – went to Lithuania, from where it will be handed over to the Ukrainian army. Almost six million euros were raised in three days.
“Russian combat vehicles burn immaculately in our beautiful fields. And they will continue to burn. Because bayraktars perfectly fulfill all tasks” – this is how the effectiveness of drones was assessed by Mykhailo Podolak, advisor to the president of Ukraine, in March. thanking “the father of super weapons, Haluk Bayraktar”.
Main photo source: SSB