Gvozdika! Ukraine MP crowdfunds artillery piece to defend nation from Putin's invasion

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The artillery piece funded by the Ukrainian public has already been handed over to the military where it will be used in battle.

The piece, named “Gvozdika”, met all standards for use in the Ukrainian Armed Forces and will serve with the Ivan Bohun 1st Brigade.

It comes as the Ukrainians continue to make advances against Russia after the liberating the city of Kherson.

The Goncharenko centres, founded by the MP and involved in the fundraising bid, are a Ukrainian network of learning centres providing aid to those affected by Russia’s unprovoked and illegal invasion.

The network was founded in February 2021 by Mr Goncharenko with the aim of providing free education. This includes English language courses for children and adults, preparing teenagers for final exams, bolstering financial literacy skills and teaching the elderly about modern technology.

The campaign was organised in response to the military’s international calls for aid and fulfilled a specific order request by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

It marks the first time that volunteers in Ukraine have been able to buy a self-propelled artillery piece for use on the frontline.

Mr Gonchrenko said: “We have always said that nothing is impossible for Ukrainians.

“Older people, children, doctors and teachers, visitors to Goncharenko centers and anonymous citizens donated.

“Children brought money. Mykola, who is only five years old, brought his piggy bank to our centre in Podilsk and donated money for the self-propelled artillery, and six-year-old Sofiyka from Teofipol created a roadblock with her friends to collect money and help buy Gvozdika.

“Our people are simply incredible and united in their desire to win!”

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