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Ambassadorial Fellowship Campaign,  
#OhioStandsWithUkraine  – 2022

On February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched an unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, setting off the largest armed conflict in Europe since World War II. Ukraine continues to mount a strong defense despite being vastly outnumbered, but Russian bombing and shelling pummeled Ukrainian cities, civilian casualties are growing by the day, and the fighting sparked an enormous and ongoing refugee crisis.

As the war rages on, it’s unclear what will happen next. But high-stakes questions loom large. How might the conflict evolve on the ground, at the negotiating table, and in the information space? How can the international community support Ukrainian refugees? And what can the West do to hold Putin accountable while mitigating the risk of a wider war between Russia and NATO?

These and other questions of global strategic importance face Ukraine and her allies and friends around the world. Ordinary citizens, organizations, Ohio state and local governments, and others are giving their Time, Treasure and/or Talent to help Ukraine in many ways.   

Radio Free Ukraine, an all-volunteer global network of netizens in Ukraine, and around the world, including Ohio, are leveraging a virtual army of professional Talent, dedicated to helping support Ukraine’s war efforts and during reconstruction and de-occupation activities after Russia leaves Ukraine.     

Ukrainian expert on the Russian Federation and former member of the Ukrainian government who focused on integration of Ukraine into NATO, Kateryna Koval, initiated the #USAStandsWithUkraine Global Security Forum. The forum is being held at Cape Canaveral, Florida in December 2022, and will convene subject matter experts to discuss further potential
Russian aggression beyond Ukraine.

The State-level campaigns such as #OhioStandsWithUkraine, focus on non-governmental civilian infrastructure support to Ukraine communities that need help with “how to” from a community perspective, such as dealing with healthcare, education, economic security and development, civic infrastructure, and similar needs that our communities take for granted. Simply put, the war caused a massive loss of talent and expertise, as well as human capacity for getting Ukraine to a nominal position as soon as practical.   

Mission to Ukraine in September 2022

The first step in this journey is to send a message of Ambassadorial Fellowship from community serving organizations in Ohio – to community serving organizations in Ukraine. A small delegation from Ohio will travel to Ukraine in September 2022 and personally deliver a message of Goodwill and Ambassadorial Fellowship from Ohio based organizations such as Chambers of Commerce, Universities, Rotary Clubs, Veteran Service Organizations, Faith Based, Healthcare and Social Services.  

Each Ohio based organization will be added to the list of Ohio organizations offering well wishes and fellowship. We will hand deliver the collective greeting to a reception committee in Kyiv, attended by local representatives from similar Ukrainian community organizations as appropriate, such as the American Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce, Kyiv Rotary Club, Colleges and Universities, and local government and media representatives.

The Ohio organizations will be included in the database with points of contact, type of services or mission statement of their organization, and the type of expertise that they may have available in the future if a similar Ukrainian community serving organization has a need for mentoring or coaching that could help solve their unique problem or circumstance. Formal or informal needs TBD by individual needs as they arise and their duration and scope of work. Radio Free Ukraine will facilitate communications and matchmaking of needs.    

Ambassadorial Fellowship Campaign,
#
OhioStandsWithUkraine  – 2022

The reason you are reading this now, is because on February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched an unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, setting off the largest armed conflict in Europe since World War II. Ukraine continues to mount a strong defense despite being vastly outnumbered, but Russian bombing and shelling pummeled Ukrainian cities, civilian casualties are growing by the day, and the fighting sparked an enormous and ongoing refugee crisis.


Did you know that Kharkiv, Ukraine is one of Cincinnati’s sister cities? Kharkiv is Ukraine’s second largest city, and is a major cultural, educational and industrial center.


Kateryna Koval, a Ukrainian expert on the Russian Federation, and former member of the Ukrainian government who focused on integration of Ukraine into NATO, initiated the #USAStandsWithUkraine Global Security Forum. Ms. Koval is Co-project Manager for #OhioStandsWithUkraine along with Mr. Mike Robinson, Program Director of Radio Free Ukraine.

The #USAStandsWithUkraine forum will be held at Cape Canaveral, Florida in December 2022, and will convene subject matter experts to discuss further potential Russian aggression beyond Ukraine. A Ukrainian-USA Military Team will run in the Space Marathon 10k Race – led by Sublieutenant Kateryna Koval. 

The State-level campaigns such as #OhioStandsWithUkraine, focus on non-governmental civilian infrastructure support to Ukraine communities that need help with “how to” from a community perspective, such as dealing with healthcare, education, economic security and development, civic infrastructure, and similar needs that our communities take for granted. Simply put, the war caused a massive loss of talent and expertise, as well as human capacity for getting Ukraine to a nominal position as soon as practical.  

Ambassadorial Fellowship Ukraine Itinerary

Week of August 8.2022, Kharkiv Red Cross delegation visit to Cincinnati, hosted by Cincinnati-Kharkiv Sister City Partnership and the Cincinnati Red Cross, with community partners in Cincinnati and region.

Ohio Ambassadorial visit to Ukraine, Poland and Germany.
Saturday September 17, Krakow Poland Visit to Project Hope, Night Train to Kyiv.
Sunday September 18, Arrive Kyiv from Krakow, Project Team Working Dinner.
Monday September 19, American Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce, Red Cross, Ministry of Defense.
Tuesday September 20, Sublieutenant Koval Security Forum Planning Meeting
    Inna Sopronchuk, from “Speak Ukrainian” Meeting on Ukrainian Language Learning Forums.
Wednesday September 21, Travel to SOF Training Center near Kharkiv, Kharkiv Red Cross, SOF Training Center (Odin’s TOC).
Thursday September 22, AFGFree.org visit Kyiv, Defense Ministry/Territorial Defense Kyiv, Retired Tennis pro (current soldier) Sergyi Stakhovsky report on Ohio support to Ukraine, Kyiv Rotary Club Dinner Meeting (English).
Friday September 23, Depart Kyiv to Krakow, Nurnberg Germany to visit fellow Kharkiv Sister City.

October 1, 2022, After Action Report presentation to participants.


Note: This is a goodwill and humanitarian mission of fellowship, however Ukraine absolutely requires the significant donations of force protection equipment they urgently needed, and Ohio stepped up to answer the call. We will be interested in learning about our state’s contributions to date – and to identify opportunities for additional nonmaterial support such as coaching and advice. Time, Talent and Treasure.


Benefits of Participation

  • Ambassadorial Partner organization’s name and logo included on Ambassadorial Fellowship Communications, letters, posters and announcements across all of Radio Free Ukraine’s digital footprint.
  • Hand delivered message of friendship from Ohio organizations to community serving organizations in Ukraine.
  • Name, mission statement, annual reports and contact information included in the #OhioStandsWithUkraine directory and digital workspace.
  • Virtual match matching opportunities to connect Ohio based organizations with Ukrainian counterparts in need of “how-to” coaching, consulting or pro bono advice on operations, programs, and mission requirements.
  • After action report and summary of trip to Ukraine, along with information about Ukrainian serving organizations and contacts for future partnerships and fellowship.
  • NO COST or effort, It doesn’t cost anything to talk, and during wartime talk and fellowship are important.
  • We are going to Ukraine and planning more trips of fellowship, so this is just the start and Ohio is leading the way!

Mission to Ukraine 9/22

The first step in this journey is to send a message of Ambassadorial Fellowship from community serving organizations in Ohio – to community serving organizations in Ukraine. A small delegation from Ohio will travel to Ukraine in September 2022 and personally deliver a message of Goodwill and Ambassadorial Fellowship from Ohio based organizations such as Chambers of Commerce, Universities, Rotary Clubs, Veteran Service Organizations, Faith Based, Healthcare and Social Services. 

Each Ohio based organization will be added to the list of Ohio organizations offering well wishes and fellowship. We will hand deliver the collective greeting to a reception committee in Kyiv, attended by local representatives from similar Ukrainian community organizations as appropriate, such as the American Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce, Kyiv Rotary Club, Colleges and Universities, and local government and media representatives.

The Ohio organizations will be included in the database with points of contact, type of services or mission statement of their organization, and the type of expertise that they may have available in the future if a similar Ukrainian community serving organization has a need for mentoring or coaching that could help solve their unique problem or circumstance. Formal or informal needs TBD by individual needs as they arise and their duration and scope of work. Radio Free Ukraine will facilitate communications and matchmaking of needs.

Next Steps: Confirm your organization’s interest in participating by sending an email with your organization’s name, address, POC with email and mailing address and phone number to [email protected] for further information.  

 

Examples of Ohio Support to Ukraine

Governor Signs Executive Order in Response to Russia’s Unjust War Against Ukraine, March 03, 2022
https://governor.ohio.gov/media/news-and-media/Governor-Signs-Executive-Order-in-Response-to-Russia-Unjust-War-Against-Ukraine-03032022

Governor DeWine Opens Ohio Summit on Ukrainian Refugees
https://governor.ohio.gov/media/news-and-media/Governor-DeWine-Opens-Ohio-Summit-on-Ukrainian-Refugees-03172022

Executive-Order-2022-02D, State of Ohio’s Response to Russia’s Unjust War on the Country of Ukraine, March 17, 2022
https://governor.ohio.gov/media/executive-orders/Executive-Order-2022-02D

Ohio Governor’s Office list of select organizations collecting donations for Ukraine;

Fund to Aid Ukraine: Established in 1990 the fund has helped provide medical supplies to Ukraine, support refugees, assist orphanages, and help victims of Chernobyl.

Direct Relief: Direct Relief works in the U.S. and internationally to equip doctors and nurses with life-saving medical resources to care for the world’s most vulnerable people.

Mercy Corps: This organization is assessing humanitarian needs in Ukraine and the region. They anticipate providing emergency cash assistance and supporting local organizations.

International Medical Corps: The group is expanding its relief efforts in Ukraine and in neighboring countries, to provide medical, mental health and protection services to the millions of people affected by the conflict, including refugees.

Save the Children: Donations to Save the Children can help provide children and families with immediate aid, such as food, water, hygiene kits, psychosocial support, and cash assistance.

Ukrainian Red CrossInternational Committee for the Red Cross, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies: These Red Cross organizations are working together to relieve the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and neighboring countries where refugees are fleeing.

ROTARY RESPONDS TO THE WAR IN UKRAINE At Rotary, we are deeply concerned by the escalating loss of life and humanitarian hardship caused by the war in Ukraine. We’re using our deep networks and decades of experience to take swift action in the region. Find out more about what Rotary is doing and how you can support relief efforts. https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-responds-ukraine-crisis

Cincinnati-Kharkiv Sister City Partnership “
Kharkiv Red Cross, our volunteers and all citizens of our city are extremely grateful for everything you have done for our city.  Without your help the state of the people’s lives would be much grimmer.  Our joint work really managed to tip the scales in favor of people in dire need.  Your helping hand came just in time for thousands of people to weather the storm.  We are giving you a report so that you can see how much goodness was made thanks to your assistance. We received $117,584 USD that was converted to ₴3,439,913 Hryvnia.

Ohio Senator Rob Portman: On Senate Floor, Portman Urges NATO Expansion to Counter Russian Aggression, Commends Additional Weaponry to Ukraine, Highlights Bipartisan Genocide Resolution, July 26, 2022
https://www.portman.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/senate-floor-portman-urges-nato-expansion-counter-russian-aggression

Cincinnati continues to send supplies and support to Ukrainian Sister City Kharkiv, April 22, 2022
https://www.wlwt.com/article/cincinnati-continues-to-send-supplies-and-support-to-ukrainian-sister-city-kharkiv/39800760

Local effort partners with businesses to support Ukraine, by Kathryn Robinson, WKRC, March 29th 2022
https://local12.com/news/local/local-effort-partners-with-businesses-to-support-ukraine-refugees-hope-4-ukraine-hope4ukraine-project-cincinnati-ohio-indiana-kentucky-tri-state-news

Scholarship to support students from Ukraine, Russia Blue Ash-based InfoTrust establishes fund to help students affected by war
https://www.uc.edu/news/articles/2022/04/scholarship-to-support-students-from-ukraine-russia.html

WCPO: UC doctor helps create ICU train to move Ukrainian soldiers from frontlines, June 13, 2022
https://www.uc.edu/news/articles/2022/06/wcpo–uc-doctor-helped-organize-ukraine-medical-response.html

UC President Neville Pinto’s statement in support of Ukraine and its people, March 1, 2022

https://www.uc.edu/news/articles/2022/02/pinto-ukraine-statement.html

Ukrainian Ohio University students return home to provide support as their country faces invasion, March 22, 2022
https://www.ohio.edu/news/2022/03/ukrainian-ohio-university-students-return-home-provide-support-their-country-faces

Ukrainian doctors training at MetroHealth, other Northeast Ohio hospitals, July 29, 2022. The five doctors have 10 days to fit in training for everything from stabilizing in the field to post-operation care.
https://www.wkyc.com/article/news/nation-world/ukraine/ukrainian-doctors-train-metrohealth-other-northeast-ohio-hospitals/95-c0621e7f-2331-4b01-af49-37d35b64f45a

OHIO University stands in solidarity with those affected by the tragic events in Ukraine, February 28, 2022
https://www.ohio.edu/news/2022/02/ohio-stands-solidarity-those-affected-tragic-events-ukraine

Ukraine War Resources at Ohio State University.
https://oia.osu.edu/ukraine-war-resources/

Buckeyes rally around Ukrainians at home and abroad. Ohio State groups send supplies, donations to Europe, March 9, 2022
https://news.osu.edu/buckeyes-rally-around-ukrainians-at-home-and-abroad/

Central Ohio stands in solidarity with Ukraine
Feb 28, 2022,https://www.axios.com/local/columbus/2022/02/28/central-ohio-stands-in-solidarity-with-ukraine

University of Cincinnati students, faculty, and staff are supporting Kharkiv and Ukraine during this difficult time. 
https://www.uc.edu/campus-life/cce/social-change-and-leadership/ukraine_crisis.html

• UNICEF supports health, nutrition, HIV prevention, education, safe drinking water, sanitation and protection for children and families caught in the conflict in Ukraine.
• Doctors Without Borders runs a variety of activities in Ukraine to help people travel to health care facilities and access prescribed medications.
• Voices of Children helps provide psychological and psychosocial support to children affected by the armed conflict, according to its website.
• Sunflower of Peace is raising money to prepare first aid medical tactical backpacks for paramedics and doctors on the front lines.
• The International Red Cross aims to help people affected by the conflict and support the work of the Ukrainian Red Cross.
• Save the Children helps to deliver lifesaving aid to vulnerable children in Ukraine and around the world. 
• The UN Refugee Agency provides emergency assistance to families in Ukraine — providing aid such as cash assistance and opportunities for resettlement in the U.S.
• CARE is raising money for its Ukraine Crisis Fund, which will provide immediate aid including food, water, hygiene kits, support services and direct cash assistance.
• The International Medical Corps has been delivering primary health care and mental health services in eastern Ukraine since 2014, and is raising funds to expand those services for people affected by the latest conflict.

• Ukrainian Cultural Association of Ohio is looking for book donations and cash donations for their Ukrainian Relief Initiative
Stand with Ukraine and the local immigrant community. The following organizations provide opportunities to get involved:
• African Professionals Network (APNET) brings the community together to enhance the African disapora experience through networking, business, professional development, and community engagement. 
• Asian Community Alliance educates, inspires, and creates healthy Asian families and communities. 
• Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio offers a variety of programs and services for the local immigrant community, including ESOLO classes, immigration legal services, resettlement assistance, language services, and much more. 
• Cincinnati Compass is a collaborative project of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, the City of Cincinnati, the University of Cincinnati, and more than 60 community partners, working to make Greater Cincinnati a destination and a home for people from around the globe. 
• European American Chamber of Commerce- Greater Cincinnati is a dynamic network of European and American businesses and organizations working together to support the growth of trade and investment between the Cincinnati region and Europe. 
• Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce builds bridges to bring Greater Cincinnati and
• Greater China closer together. 
• Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council is the bridge that connects the world to Greater Cincinnati through global education, international exchange, and cultural awareness initiatives. 

• Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA. 
• Immigrant & Refugee Law Center offers a variety of programs and services for the local immigrant community, like providing assistance with citizenship applications, asylum claims, DACA applications, and employment authorization. 
• Indian American Chamber of Commerce.
• Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center educates and advocates for peace, challenges unjust local, national and global systems, and promotes the creation of a non-violent society. 
• Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati is a local place of worship that builds strong interfaith coalitions, cross-cultural understanding, and service to one and all. 
• Jewish Federation of Cincinnati catalyzes our community in common purpose– optimizing

Governor DeWine Announces Day of Prayer For Ukraine, February 26, 2022
https://governor.ohio.gov/media/news-and-media/Governor-DeWine-Announces-Day-of-Prayer-For-Ukraine-02262022

Nearly 2,000 Pieces of Ohio Personal Protective Gear Headed to Ukraine, May 06, 2022
https://governor.ohio.gov/media/news-and-media/Nearly-2000-Pieces-of-Ohio-Personal-Protective-Gear-Headed-to-Ukraine-05062022

Ohio National Guard Provides Support to Ukraine, April 20, 2022
https://governor.ohio.gov/media/news-and-media/Ohio-National-Guard-Provides-Support-to-Ukraine-04202022

Ohio Begins Collecting Law Enforcement Personal Protective Gear for Civilian Humanitarian Aid in Ukraine, April 08, 2022
https://governor.ohio.gov/media/news-and-media/Ohio-Begins-Collecting-Law-Enforcement-Personal-Protective-Gear-for-Civilian-Humanitarian-Aid-in-Ukraine-04082022

Governor DeWine, Ohio National Guard Request Law Enforcement Inventory of Donatable Personal Protective Gear. March 11, 2022
https://governor.ohio.gov/media/news-and-media/Governor-DeWine-Ohio-National-Guard-Request-Law-Enforcement-Inventory-of-Donatable-Personal-Protective-Gear-03112022

Governors DeWine, Walz Issue Bipartisan Response to Russian Invasion of Ukraine, February 25, 2022
https://governor.ohio.gov/media/news-and-media/Governors-DeWine-Walz-Issue-Bipartisan-Response-to-Russian-Invasion-of-Ukraine-02252022

Nearly 2,000 Pieces of Ohio Personal Protective Gear Headed to Ukraine, May 06, 2022
https://governor.ohio.gov/media/news-and-media/Nearly-2000-Pieces-of-Ohio-Personal-Protective-Gear-Headed-to-Ukraine-05062022

Governor DeWine Announces Day of Prayer For Ukraine, February 26, 2022
https://governor.ohio.gov/media/news-and-media/Governor-DeWine-Announces-Day-of-Prayer-For-Ukraine-02262022

Governor DeWine Bans Purchases of Russian Goods and Services, Directs Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to Divest Russian Assets, March 02, 2022
https://governor.ohio.gov/media/news-and-media/Governor-DeWine-Bans-Purchases-of-Russian-Goods-and-Services-Directs-OBWC-to-Divest-Russian-Assets

Governor DeWine, ODOT Support Ukraine by Lighting Bridges in the Colors of the Ukrainian Flag, March 01, 2022
https://governor.ohio.gov/media/news-and-media/Governor-DeWine-ODOT-Support-Ukraine-by-Lighting-Bridges-in-the-Colors-of-the-Ukrainian-Flag-03012022

Executive-Order-2022-02D, State of Ohio’s Response to Russia’s Unjust War on the Country of Ukraine
https://governor.ohio.gov/media/executive-orders/Executive-Order-2022-02D

Governor DeWine Opens Ohio Summit on Ukrainian Refugees. March 17, 2022
https://governor.ohio.gov/media/news-and-media/Governor-DeWine-Opens-Ohio-Summit-on-Ukrainian-Refugees-03172022