A German-Ukrainian couple is turning a downed Russian fighter jet into luggage tags as part of their efforts to raise money in support of the ongoing war in Ukraine.
Fred Roeder and Maria Semykoz, a German-Ukrainian couple are part of the resistance to the ongoing Russian war in Ukraine. However, their method of helping is quite creative and involves recycling parts of a Russian fighter jet that was shot down during the war to create luggage tags. For a donation of $399 US Dollars, donors can receive a luggage tag and help the ongoing war effort.
SU-34 shot down over Chernihiv by a Ukranian SAM. No.24 pic.twitter.com/txPJwG0hva— OSINTtechnical (@Osinttechnical) March 5, 2022
Semykoz, who is from Sievierodonetsk in Donbas, Ukraine – a place currently occupied by Russian forces – and her husband Roeder started a non-profit organization known as Recycle Russia.
“Russia’s fighter jets and helicopters terrorize Ukrainians. They kill with bombs, missiles, and salvos. Ukrainians defend their homeland and turn Russian war machines into scrap. We recycle this scrap into luggage tags. The money we raise goes to support Ukraine’s defenders.”Recycle Russia
The luggage tags are made from the scrap metal left over from a downed Russian Sukhoi SU-34 fighter jet and are part of a limited edition of tags designed to raise awareness and funds for the ongoing war effort in Ukraine. One report notes that Russia has already lost as many as 17 SU-34’s during the war thus far.
The company is a non-profit 501(c) which means US donations are likely tax deductible (always consult your tax advisor for specific details).
The couple is also sponsoring drones to be used in the war effort and for a donation, you can fund and name your own drone.
According to Airport Technology, Recycle Russia donates 100% of its funds directly towards helping Ukraine and in previous efforts has shipped over 750 thermal cameras, 400 two-way radios, vests, helmets, drones and many other items.