Ocean’s 8 touches Ukraine

Remember that restaurant scene? Veselka is in the news again as an impromptu center for supporting the Ukrainian people. I thought this was a really interesting article about the significance of the restaurant. I still wonder whether Armitage ever ate there, and if so, what.

The increased prominence of Ukrainian-Americans in Wisconsin during the last week has also definitely expanded my awareness of the situation. I knew that my main co-op farmer had immigrated here from the area around Lviv in the 1990s, but it has a new meaning now.

The article has links to more options for donating to support Ukraine, including buying military supplies for the Ukrainians. I’m not comfortable with that (yet), and I am not sure how it’s even legal. We weren’t allowed to send money to the IRA back in the day and more recently, people have been convicted for supporting military groups in Central Asia. My money ended up going to Polish Medical Mission. They have been raising money for supplies for Ukrainian hospitals and also have been working in reception areas for refugees on the Polish / Ukrainian border. I have nothing against the big international charities (especially when there’s no other option), but I think there’s often less overhead when money goes to a relatively local group.

Slava Ukraini!

~ by Servetus on March 2, 2022.

8 Responses to “Ocean’s 8 touches Ukraine”

  1. Frugal option? I’d say so. The $20 meat plate looks to easily feed two. The article may serve to draw larger crowds, at least in the short term, so I wouldn’t expect to see RA there if he’d rather frequent lesser-known establishments.

    I agree w/donating to local groups as a means of getting more aid to exactly where it is needed, and sooner. I found some good options here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/02/27/how-to-help-ukraine/

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    • If you click on the blog post I linked, you’ll see I originally asked this question in 2018. However, it’s generally a popular restaurant, not just now.

      Thanks for the additional suggestions. I also posted some from Timothy Snyder in my original post on the topic.

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  2. I also always forget this, which isn’t a local charity but is there now. Very serious people and I have a lot of respect for Andres.

    https://wck.org/

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  3. Nous avons fait un don de produits d’hygiène a une équipe de professeurs dont un collègue est marié à une ukrainienne. Ils partent aujourd’hui pour les livrer à la famille en Ukraine. Mes pensées sont avec eux. Ici il y a beaucoup de micro-mobilisations.

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    • I have heard such stories, too and I am really gladdened that people are doing this. I think the method of delivery is just as important as the fact of it, and people helping people directly sends an important signal.

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  4. Wanted to thank you all for the links to orgs that are reputable and hopefully getting contributions to those in need, and also the articles that broaden our understanding of the situation and what we might do in a small way. My family have been to both those Ukranian restaurants in E Village many times over years, many celebrations; my sister and husband adopted a little girl from Ukraine. Sometimes I get lost in Armitageland and forget there is a world out there where people are under attack and scared. Glad for these blogs and for your taking time to write on these topics and mk suggestions for how we might help in ways we can.
    PS: I saw Ocean’s 8 when it came out, not knowing at that time that one day years on I’d be A-obsessed! If he did have borscht at Viselka I hope he protected his tie.
    —Pam

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    • The mess from borscht is non-trivial.

      I really support everyone figuring out their own path to charity. I’d like to say “the main thing is that you give,” but the truth is that charity is an entire industry and in crisis situations like this, there are all kinds of fake charity trying just to take advantage of well meaning people. And if you find later that you’ve given to a scammer, how likely will you be to give again?

      Apparently there was a whole group of people essentially stuck in Ukraine because they were in process of adoptions and picking up children conceived by surrogate. Scary. I saw a couple interviewed on the BBC from Kyiv. I hope they got out.

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