NEWBURYPORT – Hours after Russian forces invaded Ukraine on February 24, the family of Newburyport resident Nadiia Sadowski was living behind enemy lines.
Since then, Nadiia has spent most of her hours on the phone obtaining information about the Russian occupation of Nova Kakhovka and relaying it to those close to her, according to her husband, Jarred Sadowski.
“On the first day, the Russian army passed through his town,” Jarred said in a recent interview with a Daily News reporter.
Nova Kakhovka is located about an hour east of Kherson, one of the first towns in southern Ukraine to fall after Russian troops invaded from the annexed state of Crimea.
While Nadiia was busy keeping in touch with her family, Jarred injected funds into their phones and other devices through his wife’s Ukrainian bank account so they could stay connected, he said.
“She’s just on the phone all day,” Jarred said.
In addition to her parents, Nadiia’s sister, her brother-in-law and many friends live in and around the busy city.
While that connection remains open and viable, Jarred and Nadiia are now sending money electronically to local volunteers Nadiia has worked with to purchase food, medicine, beds, hospital equipment and other much-needed items. . Since March 4, they have collected $17,000 and sent $7,000 to Nadiia’s Ukrainian bank account.
“I am grateful to all the people who empathize with Ukraine and its people. I still can’t fully understand that all of this is really happening. But unfortunately it is and everyone tries to do everything he can to help and support Ukrainian citizens in this tragedy,” Nadiia wrote in an email. “We have already raised over $17,000 and our Ukrainian volunteers are helping families in the city For two days we have already been able to deliver food to more than 200 families, including elderly and disabled people.
People can also donate to the American Red Cross, UNICEF and other charities, but Jarred said people often want to know that the money they donate is going directly to people in the community. need. Jarred said all donated money will go to the people of Nova Kakhova.
“These systems are great but unfortunately it will take weeks to reach villages and towns all over Ukraine as the Russian army does not allow much movement. We are able to get money to people quickly working directly with volunteers in his town using local electronic bank transfers. We wish we could help every town and village, but we also believe that anything we can do right now helps the greater cause,” the Sadowskis wrote in a recent Facebook post seeking donations.
Asked what he and his wife thought of the US response to the invasion, Jarred said they wanted the country to do more.
“We don’t like it, the United States has to step up,” Jarred said.
Jarred said he understands President Joe Biden’s reluctance to act directly, given that it could trigger World War III against a nuclear adversary. However, he said there were options that would not directly involve the United States, pointing to a “no-fly zone” across Ukraine that would be overseen by the United Nations.
With the Russian army seemingly bogged down before they could directly attack the capital and other major cities, and the Ukrainian resistance fighting harder and more effectively than many had expected, Russian forces bombarded towns, killing hundreds of civilians in the process. A “no-fly zone”, he said, could end much of that suffering.
“It’s my family. I’m fighting to make sure they’re okay,” Jarred said.
For more information or to donate, contact Jarred Sadowski at: [email protected]
Dave Rogers is a reporter for the Daily News in Newburyport. Email him at: [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @drogers41008.