WASHINGTON— The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, today announced the following hearing:
Inside the Civil Society Campaign to Improve the Lethality and Survivability of the Ukrainian Military
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Dirksen Senate Office Building
A unique aspect of Ukraine’s decentralized defense has been the rise of civil society organizations marshalling grassroots support for the Ukrainian war effort and humanitarian response. Unlike the USO or care packages Americans send our overseas troops, NGOs are effectively serving as the quartermaster for Ukraine’s troops, supplying tactical gear such as commercial drones, night and thermal vision optics, encrypted radios, and body armor. In many cases, these organizations have supplied this war-winning gear in greater volumes than Ukraine’s government itself, freeing agencies like the Ministry of Defense to focus on securing advanced weapons systems from Western suppliers. These civil society organizations exemplify the total mobilization of Ukrainian society at levels that have only been seen in the West during the Second World War.
The hearing will examine logistical and regulatory challenges that often stymie efforts to surge needed gear to the front and will identify policy options for Washington and Brussels to declutter and harmonize an export framework that was never intended for a massive land war in Europe. It will also seek to answer the question of why frontline units with advanced Western weaponry still lack battlefield essentials such as combat optics, secure communications, and vehicles needed to transport casualties from the red zone to hospitals in the rear.
The following witnesses are scheduled to testify:
Assistance requests for the following and more from government entities and the population, have increased exponentially:
Tactical Medicine equipment and supplies
Night Vision equipment
Uniforms and related supplies
Other various requested items
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Blue/Yellow for Ukraine in Lithuania and Friends of Blue/Yellow for Ukraine USA (501(c)3) have transported over $30 million in defense and medical equipment over the Lithuanian border, through Poland and into Ukraine, donated privately from around the world, since 2014.
We are included among the top 10 worldwide NGOs supporting Ukraine per Forbes.
The organizations are led and inspired by Jonas Öhman, a former Swedish special-operations soldier, democracy activist and humanitarian. Öhman’s volunteer work first started when he assisted Lithuania beginning in 1990 as the USSR threatened to shut down the independence movement. He came to help and stayed. Fluent in Lithuanian, Russian, among many other languages, he delved into Lithuania’s painful history of brutal occupations while working as a journalist. He directed and produced three films about the various stages of the Lithuanian resistance and those who sought to kill it.
In 2014 Jonas witnessed the grassroots student-led Maidan protests against Ukrainian government corruption leading to a change in government. He and other like-minded volunteers founded Blue/Yellow for Ukraine in Lithuania and began providing concrete help to the Ukrainian regions that were invaded by Russia, finding himself and his team on the front lines. Our USA 501(c)3 followed with its founding in 2019.
Öhman is highly respected by Lithuanian, Polish, Latvian, Estonian, and Ukrainian leaders. They join our team for fundraising events, documentary films, interviews. He was awarded Lithuanian citizenship:
Our Blue/Yellow team includes those who were on Maidan and kept on working for Ukraine. Our unparalleled network experience in logistics allows us to coordinate the procurement and delivery of the exact aid needed to the location where its needed in record time, coordinating with governments and more than 100 battalions especially on the front lines, hospitals, and refugee organizations. Two very recent documentaries re: Blue/Yellow, are the films “Route to Kiev” and “Together to Victory” which show the results of the Russian war on Ukraine up-close: the bombings, killings, death, massive destruction, WW2 masses of refugees, all its horrors, and the work local volunteer organizations are doing. A CBS documentary about Blue/Yellow will be released shortly providing additional information on the critical nature of the on the ground military and humanitarian situation in Ukraine , encouraging strong US policy support and continued strong private support for Blue/Yellow for Ukraine.
Interview with Finnish journalist Rud Pedersen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkJIrhAi8cw&ab_channel=RudPedersenPublicAffairsFinland
Kyjivo Trasa (Route to Kyiv – directed by Pancerovas): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hoRIhY0ZMc
Kartu iki Pergales (Together to Victory-directed by Dominykas Kubilius): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqlTzOl6hGI
Concert/documentary from 1/13/2021 (the anniversary of the January 13th 1991 Russian aggression against the unarmed Lithuanian population): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RCVGVvPhuA
“Cyborg World” by Dovydas Pancerovas, about the Maidan and Ukrainian fighters, nicknamed cyborgs, who were fighting the Russians (a/k/a little green men) in the Donbass and elsewhere. Pancerovas discusses Ohman and Blue/Yellow. https://english.lithuanianculture.lt/lithuanian-culture-guide/2021/01/12/the-land-of-cyborgs-the-story-of-russias-war-against-ukraine/,
“Donbass Jazz” by Ohman about the Maidan, the war in 2014 up to the 2/24 major invasion offensive.
Our first newsletter is a compilation of aid we provided during the 1st 1oo days of the 2022 war. We have been providing similar aid to Ukraine for 8 years, and are continuing to provide assistance as requests from the government and population continue to increase:
over 250 transportation vehicles
over 9,000 units of protective equipment
over 297 units including sophisticated thermal camera drones and anti-drone equipment
over 9,300 units of uniform gear and ballistic vests
1,600 units of optics equipment including thermal, and night vision
24,902 units of tactical medical equipment and supplies
ca. 30,000 medical supplies, medications, and instruments
3,460 various types of units for communication
990 firearm accoutrements
220 units for the disarming of mines and bombs
4,000 units of CBRN protective equipment
1,780 units of miscellaneous tools and equipment
With the help of several other organizations:
2,000 refugees were evacuated
assistance was provided to Kharkiv's energy grid
A telemedicine program has been developed whereby physicians can provide health care to Ukrainians in need remotely
Highlighting the work Blue/Yellow does daily
Highlighting the work Blue/Yellow does daily
Follow the team at work while coming under Russian fire.
LITHUANIAN WORLD CENTER
DECEMBER 2ND AND 3RD
Please stop by and visit Blue / Yellow for Ukraine USA's table, LF8, to discuss our work, donate, get a t-shirt, a copy of Blue Yellow Ukraine Jonas Ohman's book "Donbaso Dziazas".
If you can't stop by, donate here:
US resident's and citizens: www.foblueyellowukraineusa.org
US HELSINKI COMMISSION CONGRESSIONAL HEARING
DECEMBER 7TH, 2022
Blue / Yellow for Ukraine USA and Blue Yellow Ukraine 's Jonas Ohman and Rima Žiūraitienė will be testifying at the Helsinki Commission Hearing on December 7th in DC, with three other non-profit organziations: Razom for Ukraine @comebackalive and Благодійний Фонд Сергія Притули / Serhiy Prytula Charity Foundation.
The hearing will be webcast on the Helsinki Commission's website.
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Ukraine Action Summit, Washington DC
Thank you Kerry Secrest! Thank you to everyone who participated in the event. The bids on donated auction items, direct donations brought in over $15,000!
"Kerry Secrest, Brattleboro resident and Honorary Consul to Vermont for the Republic of Lithuania, and her brother, Christian Stromberg, owner of Saxtons River Distillery, raised more than $15,000 for Ukraine at a fundraiser on Thursday at the distillery in Brattleboro."
On August 29th our MD, Rima Ziuraitis and Blue/Yellow Lithuania’s MD, Jonas Oehman, presented to a delegation of United States Congressional staff members brought to Vilnius by the Atlantic Council, on the work of both Blue/Yellow USA and Blue/Yellow Lithuania, and the current situation in Ukraine with frontline soldiers sharing their perspectives as well. It was a productive and informative afternoon! Thank you to the Atlantic Council!
Board of Directors:
President/Treasurer: Aušra Tallat-Kelpša
Kestutis (Kasey) Eidukonis
Jonas Öhman (Ohman, Ohmanas, Oehman)
Service Cross, Ukrainian Marine Corps, 2016
Medal of Merit, Commander in Chief, Ukrainian Armed Forces, 2016
Army Support Medal, Ministry of Defense, Ukraine, 2016
Medal “For Services to Lithuania”, President of Lithuania, 2017 (given for work in Ukraine)
Badge of Honor, Ministry of Defense, Ukraine, 2017
Medal “For the defense of Avdiivka”, 2018
Ukrainian Cossacks Cross III rang, 2018
Combat Volunteer support medal, President of Ukraine, 2018
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