How to help Ukrainians from Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Pictures of mass graves, murders of civilians and children killed by dozens in a bombing of a train station in Ukraine surfaced this month, shocking the world and making many Angelinos wonder how 6,400 miles can be helped.

A number of humanitarian efforts are being made through organizations such as the Ukrainian Cultural Center Los Angeles and the Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Vladimir. This month, donors and volunteers in St. Vladimir loaded several trucks of ready-made medical kits sent to Ukraine. More will come out as soon as donors come up with urgently needed items like triple antibiotic ointment and Bleed Stop powder.

“There is a shortage of medicine across Europe because of the war. Medicine is one of the things worth buying in the US. We take medical supplies in large quantities and turn them into vacuum-sealed medical kits that soldiers need in the field, “explained Leon Kaspersky. Organizer of St. Vladimir Volunteer.” We desperately need Bleed Stop powder. It basically replaces a tourniquet because it is impossible to put a tourniquet on a wound in the neck or chest. It immediately clots the blood. “

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In many besieged villages, it is the Ukrainian House Guard that helps injured civilians, said Kaspersky, who created an Amazon listing where donors can order the triple antibiotic ointment and Bleed Stop powder to be sent to the church’s collection site. Volunteers who can help assemble medical kits and in a delivery box can volunteer via text message to 323-497-2360. To donate medical equipment to St. Vladimir volunteers through Kaspersky Ukraine’s Amazon Med Kits Registration, click here. Select the items you want to donate, then click Send to “Ukraine Medical Kits”.

“We do need volunteers,” he said. “We are in the process of collecting donations for the next big boost.

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Volunteers help load crates of medical kits at St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church to be sent to Ukraine (Photo: Bulat Khakimatov and courtesy of Leon Kaspersky).

The church works with firefighters, charities and private donors to send the medical equipment to Ukraine. This is one of several local efforts to help.

The Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday approved the donation of the surplus ballistic helmets and vests from the Los Angeles Police Department to a fund that will transfer the equipment to Ukraine for its military use in defense against Russia.

The 526 helmets and 378 vests will be donated to the First-In Fire Foundation, which will be in charge of shipping and shipping to Ukraine. The department said the items are ready on pallets and ready for immediate shipment.

“Equipment has no value to the LAPD,” ​​department head Michelle Moore said in a letter to the commission. The equipment was about to be destroyed after exceeding the manufacturer’s five-year warranty.

Moore added that Mayor Eric Gracie is “aware of this contribution and fully supports the transfer of equipment to aid the Ukrainian people.”

The committee unanimously accepted the proposal without discussion.

Russia has been accused of “alleged war crimes” against Ukrainian civilians by Human Rights Watch, and President Joe Biden on Monday called the Russian killing of civilians in Bocha a “war crime.”

Ukrainian officials said earlier this week that the bodies of 410 civilians had been found in towns around the capital. Volunteers spent days collecting the bodies, and more were gathered on Thursday in Boca.

Bocha mayor Anatoly Fedorok said investigators found at least three sites of mass shootings of civilians during the Russian occupation. Most of the victims died from gunfire, not from shelling, he said, and bodies with their hands tied were “thrown like firewood” into recently discovered mass graves, including one in a children’s camp.

The mayor said the death toll stands at 320 as of Wednesday, but he expects that number to rise as more bodies are found in his city, which once numbered 50,000 residents. Only 3,700 remain now, he said.

In his nightly speech, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zalansky suggested that the horrors of Boca could only be the beginning. In the town of Borodianka in the north of the country, just 30 kilometers northwest of Bocha, Zalansky warned of further casualties, saying “there it is much more frightening.”

The world needs to prepare, he said, for what may soon be in the port city of Mariupol, saying that “on every street is what the world saw in Bocha and other cities in the Kyiv region after the departure of Russian forces. The same cruelty. The same terrible crimes.”

Ursula von der Lane, President of the European Commission, in the center, looking at bodies retrieved from a mass grave in Bocha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, April 8, 2022. (Photo by AP / Rodrigo Abd)

He pledged that an international war crimes investigation already underway would identify “any of the executioners” and “all those who committed rape or looting.”

A missile hit a train station in eastern Ukraine where thousands gathered on Friday, killing at least 52 and wounding dozens more in an attack on a crowd of mostly women and children trying to escape a new and imminent Russian attack, Ukrainian authorities said.

The attack, condemned by some as another war crime in the 6-week conflict, came as workers uncovered bodies from a mass grave in Bocha, a town near the Ukrainian capital where dozens of murders were recorded after a Russian withdrawal.

Pictures from the station in Kramtorsk showed the dead covered with a tarpaulin, and the remains of a rocket painted with the words “for the children”, which implies in Russian that children are taking revenge for the strike, although the exact reason remains unclear. Some 4,000 civilians were at and around the station, responding to calls to leave before fighting escalated in the Donbas area, Ukraine’s Attorney General’s Office said.

City News Service, Patch faculty Page Austin and Adam Shrek and Kara Anna of the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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