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Assist Ukraine Director, Olga Shpak, Plays Critical Role in Dramatic Beluga Whale Rescue

In a remarkable feat of coordination and expertise, Dr. Olga Shpak, one of the world's leading beluga whale experts, played a critical role in the rescue of two beluga whales from an aquarium in the war-ravaged city of Kharkiv, eastern Ukraine. The whales were safely transported to their new home at Europe’s largest aquarium in Valencia, Spain. This complex rescue operation has been hailed by...

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Ukraine: The Latest | The Telegraph

Assist Ukraine Director Olga Shpak and our friend, journalist Anna Husarska have recently been interviewed by The Telegraph, one of the major UK newspapers for their podcast Ukraine: the Latest. The conversation with Olga and Anna about Assist Ukraine starts at 47:22. Click here to listen to the Youtube Podcast.

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THE NEW YORK TIMES GUEST ESSAY

Have Gear, Will Deliver: Why I Carry Supplies to Ukrainian Troops (excerpts)By Anna Husarska, a journalist and political analyst Kharkiv (Ukraine) This past summer, Britain’s defense minister at the time, Ben Wallace, chided Ukraine for not showing enough gratitude for the West’s weapons supplies. “We’re not Amazon,” he said. No, but there is a kind of Amazon for the Ukrainian military, in...

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POLITICO MAGAZINE: Ukraine Needs More Than Just Weapons to Win. That’s Where I Come In.

I drive donated equipment to Ukraine’s frontlines. Here’s a photo diary of my deliveries. When Vladimir Putin’s Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, I was a long way away, scuba diving in Madagascar. Having decided to stop reporting on conflicts, I was writing a book on Cuba. But when the war broke out next door to my native Poland, I was overwhelmed by the scale of the monstrosity and...

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MOTHER JONES: She Was on the Front Lines of Whale Conservation. Now She’s on the Front Lines of War

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine upended Olga Shpak’s life—and a generation of science. Jackie Flynn MogensenJuly+August 2023 Issue The first time I spoke with Olga Shpak, I made the mistake of beginning as I often do when interviewing researchers: by asking for some basic biographical information. “I used to be a scientist,” she said, not sounding bitter, only a bit nostalgic. Now, she clarified,...

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ALASKAN PUBLIC MEDIA | PBS NPR | With Alaskans’ help, Ukrainian woman gets much-needed supplies to her war-torn country

With Alaskans’ help, Ukrainian woman gets much-needed supplies to her war-torn country By Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage May 8, 2023 An aid group with roots in Alaska has been working to get much-needed supplies to Ukraine, as that war-torn country continues to battle Russian invaders. At the end of what is now an international chain of volunteers and donors is a Ukrainian woman...

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CNN PODCAST | The People Fueling Ukraine’s ‘Will to Win’

The People Fueling Ukraine’s ‘Will to Win’ It’s been one year since Russia invaded Ukraine, setting off the bloodiest land war in Europe since World War II. Since then, the bravery and ingenuity of the Ukrainian people has been on full display while its military has defied the odds and inflicted staggering losses on the Russian army. In today’s episode, we hear some of their stories and look at...

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SCIENCE.COM | The Volunteer

The volunteer. Olga Shpak made headlines around the world in 2017, when she captured the first footage of a pod of orcas using teamwork to hunt a young bowhead whale in the Sea of Okhotsk. The drone video was a sensational moment in her 2 decades of methodical fieldwork investigating bowheads, belugas, and other whale species—studies that had thrust the Ukrainian marine mammologist into the...

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