Tampa-based nonprofit Project DYNAMO first to begin rescuing Americans from Ukraine
The Ukraine crisis has many fathers, including Germany. Image via AP.

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A group of 23 evacuees were headed by bus to a country neighboring Ukraine.

A Tampa-based nonprofit specializing in extricating Americans from hostile regions around the world said it began rescue operations in Ukraine minutes after Russia invaded the country.

Project DYNAMO said it began planning for rescue missions in January after President Joe Biden indicated the U.S. wouldn’t be able to conduct rescue missions if the country were invaded. Biden encouraged Americans in Ukraine to leave in the days and weeks leading up to the invasion. Last week, the U.S. State Department evacuated diplomatic personnel from its embassy in Kyiv and planning rescue operations began in earnest.

“Right now, our team is working to get the first group of nearly two dozen American citizens and residents out of Ukraine,” James Judge, a Project Dynamo spokesperson said. “They are currently traversing the Ukrainian countryside and trying to make their way to an American embassy in a neighboring country. The evacuation began minutes after our team on the ground physically felt the nearby explosions in Kyiv.”

Judge said DYNAMO has received a “significant uptick” in applications of Americans desperate to flee the country. He said the group still is accepting applications on its website.

“This is what DYNAMO does and does better than anyone else,” Judge said. “They get Americans out of harm’s way, and we have been watching it play out today in real-time. It is not without risk, however, and we are praying they will successfully make it safely out of the country in the next few hours.”

According to DYNAMO, a group of 23 evacuees were headed by bus to a country neighboring Ukraine. From there, they will be transported to the U.S.

After months of speculation and bluffing about tamping down tensions, Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday launched an invasion of Ukraine. Putin warned foreign countries attempting to interfere would face “consequences you have never seen.”

Russia, which has a much more robust military than Ukraine, has thus far been met with more resistance than anticipated. Sen. Marco Rubio said the people of Ukraine’s refusal to capitulate is an inspiration to the world. One Ukrainian woman was seen on video walking up to a Russian soldier, standing face-to-face and telling him he should “put sunflower seeds in your pocket so they grow when you die.”

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7 comments

  • Ronald E Solano

    February 25, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    Its a great thing you are doing, especially now in Ukraine.

    -Ron

  • Kathleen Wertz

    February 26, 2022 at 2:17 pm

    I have a way of possibly helping that does not fit into standard means. If interested – please contact me

  • anna feigelman

    February 26, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    my son now in Kharkiv. Can you help him to get out

  • Galina Vereshchagina

    February 28, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    Hi!
    I am an American Citizen living in Phoenix AZ. My senior parents are Ukrainian citizens (but have American visa), and are currently in Kiev, Ukraine. I am looking for organizations that could help with rescuing them from there and bringing them to somewhere I. Europe or in the US. I would greatly appreciate if you know which organizations might help me with that. Thank you in advance!

  • Cliff Menting

    March 1, 2022 at 1:28 pm

    I have a very dear friend in Kiev, her name is Nina Lomizova. She has a valid US visa.

  • Sydney Pallone

    March 3, 2022 at 1:29 pm

    how to donate

  • Edward Lyle

    March 3, 2022 at 4:30 pm

    Meanwhile, at the southern border of the United States, the invasion of America continues unabated. While DC politicians bloviate and pontificate of the sovereignty of another country, they willingly surrender ours. And what’s all the hubbub over a sovereign nation being invaded by a bunch of illegal criminals anyway… I’m sure “they’re just looking for a better life”. I mean, the whole scene looks akin to one of those “summer of love” type of blm/antifa “mostly peaceful” protests. Why get so worked up just because “some people did some thing”

    I gotta tell ya folks… irony can be pretty ironic sometimes

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