Ukrainian creates airplane wreckage into essential fobs to money war effort By Reuters

© Reuters. Keychains made from the fuselageof a Russian SU-34 wreck by a Ukrainian start-up, under ‘Made in Russia, recycled in Ukraine’ project, amidst Russia’s intrusion of Ukraine, is envisioned, in Kyiv, Ukraine, April 29, 2022. Picture taken April 29, 2022. REUTERS/


By Leonardo Benassatto

KYIV (Reuters) – Never mind creating swords into ploughshares; a Ukrainian business person is turning scraps of wreckage from a downed Russian fighter airplane into keepsake essential fobs and offering them abroad to support the war effort.

“Many of my friends tell me ‘$1,000 – nobody will give you this for this piece of metal, it’s crazy,” stated Iurii Vysoven, creator of “Drones for Ukraine”.

“In the morning, I woke up and understand on my phone (that) it’s already $20-30,000 collected, and we see this constant flow of messages of people asking questions and telling (that) they want to donate more, they tell us it is an incredible idea.”

The airplane is a Russian Su-34 two-seater tactical fighter-bomber that the Ukrainian military states it shot down over the town of Borodianka, northwest of Kyiv, early in March, when Russian forces were attempting to catch and hold the location.

Ukraine’s defence ministry has actually published pictures of the wreckage, which it states had the tail number RF-81251 and the call indication “31 Red”.

After the Russians withdrew and refocused their intrusion on eastern Ukraine, Vysoven asked the area’s protectors if he might have a few of the wreckage, spread over farmland.

The soldiers informed him both the airplane’s pilots had actually been eliminated. Among the wreckage revealed by the ministry was a helmet stencilled in Russian with the last 3 letters of a surname ending “-NOV”, and an empty leather holster significant “Buryat” – the name of an ethnic group that resides in Siberia.

Russia does not verify information of its military losses, and Reuters was not able to confirm the scenarios in which the airplane boiled down.

Vysoven, who operates in marketing, has elongate pieces about 10 cm (4 inches) long marked out of pieces of fuselage, then machined, polished and printed with info about the airplane and a “thank you” to the purchaser. Each is perforated to get a keyring, and inscribed with a unique identification number.

“The uniqueness of this keychain is that we made it from the wreckage of a real Russian plane,” he stated. “This is a really unique gift to those who helped us.”

In his workplace, Vysoven has an example of the infra-red thermal imaging drones that he purchases for the Ukrainian army with the profits of the keychains.

“Now that we have raised a lot more money, we feel a lot more responsibility,” he stated. “My dream is this fund – we wouldn’t need it anymore. My dream is to win, everyone safe,” he included, in English.

“Everyone return home safe. And (that) we don’t need to collect money to save someone’s life.”


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