Taras Chmut, szef fundacji „Wróć żywy” oraz tłumacz Yevhenii Kostyshyn podczas spotkania z dziennikarzami w Targach Kielce.

Taras Chmut at MSPO in Targi Kielce: Ukraine cannot make weapons on its own. We buy or we receive our armaments from outside

07 september 2022
- The production of weapons in Ukraine is too risky today. We can only buy or receive gear and equipment - said Taras Chmut, head of Ukraine's largest "military" foundation "Come Back Live" during the International Defence Industry Exhibition in Kielce. He came to Targi Kielce to negotiate contracts and acquire equipment.

The "Come Back Live" Foundation has been supporting soldiers on the fronts since 2014,  since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, it has collected over 4 billion hryvnias, or around 513 million zlotys. Taras Czmut emphasized that the Foundation's objective is not to provide supplies to every soldier, but to use donations to change the course of military campaign. They buy weapons, war equipment, cars, unmanned aerial vehicles, night vision devices, communication resources for the Ukrainian army. Decisions are made depending on the needs of the military, the Foundation tries to react quickly to the current situation.

Unmanned aerial vehicles, such as the well-known Bayraktars of the Turkish company Baykar play a vital role in defending Ukraine against the Russian aggressor. UAV's are used not only for surveillance of the area, but also for combat purposes. Polish equipment and technologies are also appreciated on the battlefield.  - The Krab self-propelled howitzers from Huta Stalowa Wola and the Piorun launchers and rockets from the Mesko Skarżysko-Biała are an effective in combat - said Taras Chmut. - We will continue to source them. Everything we buy or we get from Poland goes straight to the front. The equipment is badly needed.

Critically shortage of ammo

Taras Chmut emphasized that due to the enormous risk of a missile attack, Ukraine cannot produce weapons on its own.  - Critically shortage of ammo This is the first need for Ukrainian soldiers. Russian troops shoot 50,000 rounds of different ammunition daily, targetting Ukrainian targets, while the Ukrainian army is able to respond with four or five thousand. This is not enough! Rockets, missiles for tanks and small arms are the products in the greatest demand - he explained.

As he said, the Foundation keeps acquiring new devices, vehicles, missiles and cars. This is why Taras Chmut paid a visit to the International Defence Industry Exhibition held at Targi Kielce.




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