Ukraine-Russia War: NY Politician Holds Arms Drive As Ukrainian Citizens Take Up Arms Against Russian Invaders
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A New York politician has organized an arms drive for legal gun owners to donate weapons to be shipped to Ukraine, where citizens have taken up arms against their Russian invaders.
Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman held a press conference Thursday at SP Firearms Unlimited in Franklin Square, NY. He said the legal gun dealer, with assistance from the Nassau County Police Department Nassau, will be collecting donations of rifles, shotguns or an AR-15 or other long guns from legal gun owners over the next four days to be sent to the people of Ukraine.
The weapons will be stored “until we can get the US government to ship these weapons to Ukraine,” Blakeman said.
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“We will get them back,” he added. “President Biden, you get them there.”
It is not known whether the shipment of weapons donated to Ukraine will be possible.
“The county has requested transportation assistance from Biden’s administrator,” Blakeman’s spokesperson told Fox News Digital. “There are companies that can export weapons to foreign countries, but it takes a long time. That’s why we asked the president for help. We haven’t heard from them yet.”
The Pentagon has ordered the dispatch of tens of thousands of American troops to Europe to bolster NATO’s eastern flank, but so far the Biden administration has said that American troops will not wage war in Ukraine.
Most NATO and European Union members have flown weapons, including rocket launchers, anti-tank missiles, machine guns, sniper rifles and ammunition, to Ukraine since the Russian invasion there eight days ago. Russian forces have captured Kherson and are closing in on the capital Kiev.
Members of the Ukrainian American community on Long Island joined Blakeman on Thursday.
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“As we speak, my phone is ringing right now… people are telling me that my country is going to be destroyed,” said Misha Migdal, representative of the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “There are people out there who are fighting not just for their lives, they are fighting for what probably resonated with any normal American, they are fighting for their freedom to exist as free people in their own country. .”
“They fight alone,” Migdal added. “They’ve been a free country for 30 years without communism, without the Soviets and this whole generation grew up there and was brought up to feel free. And now it seems like the evil is coming back.”
“They must be able to fight and survive this aggression,” Volodymyr Tsyalkovsky, leader of Ukrainian Americans on Long Island, said at Thursday’s press conference. “The people of Ukraine have tremendous resilience and tremendous patriotism. The way this disaster has united us is unprecedented. We see the continued support and efforts to end this war.”
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Blakeman compared Ukrainian citizens taking up arms to fight Russian troops to the French Resistance and Polish partisans taking up arms against the Nazis during World War II.
“For the past few days, President Zelensky has been begging for arms, imploring help. How can we sit still and not do our part? Blakeman added Thursday. “In the United States, we have over 300 million legal firearms. If we could just send three-tenths of a percent of those guns to Ukraine through donations from the American people, gun owners legal, we could get a million guns for Ukraine.”