First Stopify donation goes from Latvia to Ukraine

In the course of a few weeks, EUR 37,000 has been collected for the Ukrainian army thanks to the “Stopify” donation streaming platform created in Latvia. Quadricycles, drones, thermal cameras, tactical gloves, and other equipment have been purchased, Latvian Television reported November 24.

The first load has already been completed and is traveling to Ukraine. There are two quadricycles and other things needed for active warfare. The author of the “Stopify” idea, Māris Upenieks, said the idea of streaming occurred to him accidentally, thinking how to support the army on a regular basis.

“There was such a lightbulb moment — we're used to subscribing to different streaming services and watching movies and series for a small monthly amount. And we thought how it would be like to subscribe to something more important – our freedom and future, which is on the battlefield right now,” Upenieks said.

On the “Stopify” platform, the minimum amount of the donation is EUR 7. All those who created and maintain the platform do it voluntarily. Every donated euro is being put toward Ukraine.

Currently, the number of subscribers reaches 3,000 and donations come from 37 countries, including the US and New Zealand.

Partners of the platform are the “Ziedot.lv” and the Ukrainian Embassy in Latvia, which best knows the needs of the army.

"It means we're taking another big step toward winning. Everything that goes to Ukraine, from candle and canned meat to quadricycles, brings victory closer and relieves the victims.

Without the destruction of this regime, we will never be able to live normally. Even if we get Putin to admit defeat, it means leaving this war for our children. Anyway, it's Putin's, Shoigu's, Lavrov's Russia. Aimed at aggression, which will address situations this way and control its own people. So today's mission is with Ukrainian army forces to destroy the army of the Russian aggressor, and then the collapse of the political regime will follow. And then maybe a democratic Russia can follow," said Ukraine's ambassador to Latvia Oleksandr Mischenko.

Donations to the cause can be made at https://stopify.org.ua/.

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