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Bethenny Frankel praised Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky for staying in Ukraine and pledging to defend his country against Russian invasion.
In an interview with Fox News Digital on Saturday, the “Real Housewives” alum echoed a statement she posted on Twitter Friday night: “Zelenskyy is a bada–.”
“It just seems like he’s not giving up, and that’s an interesting thing to watch,” said the entrepreneur and founder of the BStrong initiative.
“It’s inspiring because he leads by example and people fight back. If he wasn’t fighting for his own country, no one else would want to, so that’s amazing.”
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Zelenskyy posted a video on social media on Saturday showing him marching through the streets of Kiev after a night of artillery fire in different parts of the city, telling the nation, “I am here.”
“We will defend our country,” Zelenskyy said in a short video address to Ukrainians.
“There is a lot of false information online that I am calling on our army to lay down their arms and there is an evacuation,” Zelenskyy said. “I am here. We will not lay down our arms. We will defend our country.”
Despite Russian with the forces closing in on central Kiev, Zelenskyy declined an offer from the United States to be evacuated from the city.
“The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a round,” Zelenskyy said, according to The Associated Press, who spoke to a senior intelligence official.
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Frankel also shouted out the Ukrainian people. “They seem very strong,” she said.
The former reality TV star is doing his part by sending $10 million in aid to Ukrainian citizens affected by the Russian invasion through its disaster relief initiative, B strong.
BStrong is a global initiative in partnership with Global Empowerment Mission. Over the past two days, the “The Real Housewives of New Yorkalum shared updates on his nonprofit’s urgency to help Ukrainian citizens flee to safety as the crisis escalates.
Speaking about BStrong’s concentration for the next two days, she confirmed that her initiative has set up a base camp in Medyka, Poland, near the Ukrainian border.
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“This will be the first of many base camps where we will welcome refugees, connect with them, provide them with very basic needs, and our crisis boxes are on the way,” Frankel said. “It’s $10 million in aid coming, but we’re going to meet what are mostly mothers and children and move them. So get them on a train or a plane and transfer them to friends or in the family – somewhere safe – and give them really basic survival needs for the time being.”
BStrong was launched in 2017 and has seen Frankel and his team immediately help those in need during major disasters around the world, including Puerto Rico, Haiti, Bahamas and more.
Frankel is fortunate that BStrong has $16 million in aid in its warehouse, making a rapid response possible in Ukraine.
“Every disaster is different and it’s not a natural disaster. We’ve grown to this point where we have a huge warehouse full of aid,” she said. “Before, we had to beg for help and hoard help all over the country and really scramble for it. Now we have help, so that’s something we’ve got way ahead of anything. the world and where we were. This help is all donated and will be distributed in these crisis kits.”
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Crisis kits will help civilians with basic survival items including blankets, water, chargers, toiletries, etc.
Historically, BStrong has provided payment cards to victims of natural disasters, but the group’s focus in Ukraine is similar to the work done during the emergency response for victims of an apartment collapse in Surfside, in Florida.
“It used to be that we usually did cash cards so people could have the dignity to do what they wanted and rebuild their own communities. But, in this case, it’s a different need, like Surfside in Florida, where we wanted to relocate them and connect them with accommodations or places to go. Here we meet them at base camp and say, ‘Okay, what family do you have? What friends do you have? Where are they?” Frankel explained.
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The TV star noted that Americans who are safe at home, and others around the world, can help.
“Donate and keep talking, because communication spreads information and saves lives rather than eyelashes,” she told us.