Search and Rescue Drones Needed In Ukraine

Search and Rescue Drones Needed In Ukraine

From Matt Russo

I am raising money to assist Ukrainian soldiers with search and rescue efforts in war torn cities with the purchase of a thermal image drone that can be flown in all weather and at night to search for survivors

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 In 2000, my wife and I adopted a beautiful Ukrainian baby girl that has now grown into a wonderful and successful young lady. Whilst in Ukraine, we made life long friendships that we continue to cherish to this day. In the summer of 2021, one of our dearest friends Yuri Safonov came to visit us while escorting Ukrainian orphans to summer placement homes here within the USA. As a parting gift to Yuri, I gave him one of my drones to fly back in his home city of Kyiv since he and his wife were big fans of aerial photography.

Recently, Yuri contacted me to inform that my gift has made its way to the front line of battle and is being used by his brother-in-law, Pavlo Lazurenko, for essential aerial surveillance. Pavlo Lazurenko, a private of special operation forces Azov Kyiv, is utilizing this drone to conduct search and rescue missions around the Maripol region. Pavlo has used the drone on a daily basis to fly search and rescue and reconnaissance missions to track Russian troop movement.

 Recently, Pavlo has asked me to assist him by sending a larger drone that would be able to be flown throughout the night and in all weather conditions. As an avid drone pilot, I have many drones but none capable of these necessary functions. The drone that would aid these missions is an Enterprise Edition Drone that has longer flight times and thermal imaging. These drones cost $13,900; with additional repair parts and batteries, the total cost is approximately $15,500 per drone.

In the hopes of providing aid for such a cause dear to me and the hearts of many around the world, I am hoping to raise funds to allow for the purchase of 3 Enterprise Edition Drones. 

The Ukraine military has continued to stun and amaze the world with their ability to fight and sheer persistence to defend their country. It is truly a modern day David and Goliath battle. A battle, that with your support, will allow the beautiful country of Ukraine achieve its well deserved FREEDOM. 

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