We are the association "Network 4 Freedom", which was founded in 2022 from a private aid network. Since February 24, the day the Russian army invaded, we have been active in Ukraine, Germany, Romania and Moldova. So far we have evacuated over 2200 people to Germany with over 40 buses and special transports for disabled people and small children. In addition, we delivered around 650 tons of relief supplies of all kinds to the Ukraine, worth over 1.5 million euros. At the beginning, our main task was to evacuate Ukrainian refugees to Germany and other EU countries with coaches, or in more difficult cases (babies, disabled people, etc.) to evacuate them with private cars and to ensure that they are accommodated properly. We work very closely in Suceava with the Mandachi aid organization, the church, local business people in Ukraine, Romania and Moldova, as well as with various organizations in Chernovitz, Odessa, Schytomyr, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv, Kiev, etc. Furthermore, our Network to transport urgently needed relief supplies. We drive these to UA ourselves or have reliable partners pick them up. The relief supplies are then distributed on minibuses and distributed in cities like Odessa, Zhytomyr, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv, Kiev, etc. In addition, at the beginning we organized hundreds of hotel rooms and dozens of private accommodations for refugees in Dresden. Together with our Romanian, Moldovan and Ukrainian partners, we have set up a very well-functioning network here on the Ukrainian border.
One of the most difficult problems at the moment is exporting grain products from Ukraine and selling them at a reasonable price. Before the war, Ukrainian farmers sold their crops to wholesalers in Ukraine and received the proceeds immediately in cash. Wholesalers, in turn, exported the harvest through Ukrainian ports. But now the situation is very different. Since the ports are closed, occupied or only partially working, it is impossible for many farmers to sell their crops in Ukraine. As a result, farmers are desperately looking for other ways to sell their 2021 harvest. In addition, the harvest of 2022 is now being harvested. So if they want to sell their products now, they have to find buyers in the EU. But that's not so easy, because the export by road by truck is very expensive and the drivers have to wait for days (up to 7 days) at the border. This also means that urgently needed transport capacities are standing instead of rolling. The next problem is that the Ukrainian farmers have always worked only with cash and now they face the problem that they do not have accounts abroad and cannot open them so easily. If the farmers cannot sell their harvest quickly enough, they also lack the funds for new seeds, fertilizer, spare parts and renting arable land. This means: No new harvest in 2023 !!! Therefore, the following conditions must urgently be created on the Romanian EU side:
Immediate expansion of border crossings and staffing
Help from EU border police officers
Use of mobile X-ray stations for trucks
reduction in bureaucracy
Loans to Ukrainian peasants
Help opening an account in the EU
In the longer term, everything possible must be done to find transport options by rail. You need ramps to load the products from the truck into the wagon. But that shouldn't be a big problem. In addition, truck scales would be needed on site.
Supergau NPP Zaporizhia / Attack on the energy supply
Should a catastrophe occur in the nuclear power plant, millions of people will be on the run. This also applies to the winter if the Russians attack parts of Ukraine's electricity and gas supply. That will happen with a high probability. The residents of megacities like Kyiv or Odessa would then have no chance to stay and would have to flee. We must be prepared for this !!!
For emergencies must now !! and not only when it has occurred, the following things must be made available:
large tents from 200 sqm
Beds including bedding and mattresses
medicine of all kinds
mobile kitchens for the supply of warm food
Diesel aggregates for power supply
All of this should be loaded onto trucks and ready at the border in Romania. In order to be able to react flexibly at any time and to provide first aid, so to speak. In addition, funds are needed to pay for buses at any time that transport the refugees onward, so as not to overload the initial reception after the border.
These are the 2 most important things that need to be addressed at the moment. We are always available for detailed questions.
Since the beginning of the war we have evacuated over 1700 people to Germany with buses and special transports. We have organized hundreds of hotel rooms and dozens of private accommodations for refugees in Dresden. We also took over the complete procedure on site for all other buses that did not go to Germany.
Our network organizes the transport of urgently needed relief supplies. Over 500 tons so far. We drive these to UA ourselves or have reliable partners pick them up. The relief supplies are then distributed on minibuses and distributed in cities like Odessa, Zhytomyr, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv, Kyiv, etc
House of Goodness
In the "House of Goodness" in Chernivtzi, Marta, the good soul of the house, accommodates approx. 250 women and children. Many of them are babies and small children without parents. We support the facility with food, cosmetics, clothing and baby diapers.
SOS Remar is a Spanish aid organization that has 2 large tents in Chernivtzi, among other places, where around 1,500 meals are distributed to refugees every day. We support Remar with relief goods, a refrigerated truck, administrative tasks and have set up 50 m by 3 m tents for the entrance area.
At the moment we are preparing a 7.5 ton 4x4 truck to drive over the small villages of central and western Ukraine. There we want to help, together with SOS Remar, to support the needy with relief supplies and medical care.
One of the most difficult problems at the moment is exporting grain products from Ukraine and selling them at a reasonable price. Since the ports are closed, occupied or only partially working, it is impossible for many farmers to sell their crops in Ukraine. As a result, farmers are desperately looking for other ways to sell their 2021 harvest. We are trying to establish direct contacts in the EU to make this possible.
AKW / Winter
Should a catastrophe occur in the nuclear power plant, millions of people will be on the run. This also applies to the winter if the Russians attack parts of Ukraine's electricity and gas
supply. We must be prepared for this !!! That is why we are currently contacting various authorities and organizations so that we can react in an emergency.