Alberta artist returns to homeland to help Ukraine war efforts

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A Ukrainian-Canadian artist has returned to war-ravaged Ukraine to look after his growing older mother and father and to assist civilians and troopers.

Taras Polataiko is an internationally acclaimed artist and former affiliate professor on the College of Lethbridge who immigrated to Canada three many years in the past.

He has returned to assist his mother and father at his residence in Chernivtsi, which is situated within the southwestern a part of the nation close to the border with Romania.

Polataiko mentioned whereas he feels he’s dwelling in one of many most secure areas in Ukraine, the battle is having a direct affect on him and his household.

“At evening we get the sirens and now we have to run to the basement or a shelter,” he mentioned.

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Polataiko is asking for donations to assist Ukrainian civilians and troopers.

“Financial donations are the simplest and have essentially the most affect. We are able to get it to humanitarian employees and assist the battle effort.”

He’s additionally making an attempt to assist the Ukrainian civilian military who’ve volunteered to struggle Russian troops.

Thus far he’s collected and shipped out drugs, first support kits, sleeping baggage, clothes, protecting gear and electronics like two-way radios.

“There’s 150- to 200,000 individuals who volunteered for civilian defence and there’s not sufficient protecting provides for them,” he mentioned.

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Polataiko has a message for Albertans: “Please assist our effort from the place you’re and donate and we’ll make sure that Ukrainians who want it get it.”

For those who’re interested by donating or reaching out to Taras Polataiko, he’s lively on Fb and Fb Messenger.

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