Meet John Kosschuk

John Kosschuk, speaker at Saturday’s Ukraine Vigil, and wife Ludmilla

Hi, from John Kosschuk   to all in Resolven– Just a quick note about myself and Ukraine.

 I was born in England, my parents were displaced people from Ukraine after the Second World War. I am married to a Ukrainian woman, Ludmilla, and have been for the past 25years.  Back in Ukraine she was a school teacher. We have been living in Tonna for the past 5 years, before we lived in Bournemouth for 20 years.

 I often visit Ukraine to see family and friends, in actual fact I am due to visit Ukraine in June this year, Sometimes I drive across, fly across and used to take Eurolines buses. What is happening in Ukraine is barbaric– looting, rape and murder of innocent civilians. What you hear and see on the news is only the tip of the iceberg. When it all will come out people will be shocked to hear what has happened, and why  the West let it happen.

 At the moment I am collecting money for Ukraine and have set up a link with Poland and Ukraine. All the money I collect goes straight to a bank in Poland. I let my family in Ukraine know that I have sent the money, they ring friends in Poland and tell exactly what is needed. The items are taken across the Polish/Ukrainian border and delivered to a distribution centre in Yavoriv Ukraine about 20Km from the border, then it is taken where it is most needed. At the moment most of the money I raise goes to buy medical supplies for the front.

 Just over £1100 was collected on Saturday at the Resolven Vigil.   WOW.

All 100% goes to Ukraine no admin charges. I wish to thank all the people that have contributed to me, on behalf of all Ukrainians and myself we thank you all. Most of my family and friends are staying to fight in the Ukraine and defend the land against the Russian invasion.

 Wales has strong ties with Ukraine, read the following article I took from Wikipedia, John James Hughes (1814 – 17 June 1889)[1] was a Welsh engineer, businessman and founder of the city of Donetsk. The village was originally named Yuzivka (Hughesivka)

 Reading this, Wales has a bigger claim to Donetsk than Russia. More about John James Hughes can be found on Wikipedia.

Best Regards

 John Kosschuk