January 16, 2023
Upon returning to Colorado on Thanksgiving Day, Aiden began raising funds for a rapid return to Ukraine.
The constant artillery attacks upon civilian infrastructure and medical facilities as well as the increased attacks on cities in the Donbas conveyed the critical need for medical supplies.
With an investment of personal funds and generous donations from guests of Aiden Sinclair's Underground Theater at the Stanley Hotel, The Ukrainian Aid Society began purchasing the needed supplies.
An additional donation from Denver 7 Cares of thermal Base Layers was added to the trip as well as a dozen cases of MRE Food Rations.
The road conditions near the front lines takes a heavy toll on vehicles and in the year of operating in the country we have gone through several cars and vans.
Thanks to a very generous donation from Mr. Robert Rhue of Colorado, we were able to purchase some new vehicles in Switzerland including this Jeep.
With the support of our partner NGO, we were able to take 12 bags and 1,200lbs of supplies to units fighting in the Donbas.
This trip we went to the front lines directly to get the medical supplies to those most in need.
One of our stops was the hospital in Kramatorsk which was receiving many casualties from the fighting in the city of Bakhmut.
We were also able to deliver critical medical supplies to the hospital in the city of Kherson. That hospital was struck in an artillery attack two days after we made that delivery.
A nurse was killed in that attack.
In addition to medical and humanitarian aid we were able to deliver a resupply of critical tactical and protective equipment to an element of the 131 Special Reconnaissance BN operating in the south of Ukraine. This unit of American, British, New Zealand, Albanian, French and Ukrainian Veteran Volunteers serves on the very front lines in defense of the Ukrainian people.
The donation from Mr. Robert Rhue of Colorado made that resupply possible.
Pete Reed, a United States Marine and volunteer medic who we met in Bakhmut, was also killed in a targeted attack as he was rendering aid to wounded civilians.
Van load of Humanitarian Aid heading to the front with our partner NGO.
Tourniquets, Chest Seals and Trauma Dressings.
In spite of the successes of this trip, we ended it with one vehicle less than we started after an accident sent our trusty Opel Wagon off the road.