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Sneads Ferry tavern helps couple get supplies to Ukraine

Published: Mar. 1, 2022 at 8:17 PM EST
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SNEADS FERRY, N.C. (WITN) - The Backyard Tavern is accepting military supplies and monetary donations to help Ukraine in its defense against Russia.

Some local residents, including Slava Petukhova, have a personal reason to help get supplies to Ukraine.

Petukhova says some of her friends and family are still in Ukraine and described the strained relationship between her homeland and Russia.

“It was just a scratched record. Now it’s a completely broken record,” Petukhova said. “One of my best friends is sitting in the basement already for five straight days because they have a fight over there.”

Petukhova and her husband have already received supplies like camo uniforms, weapon holsters, and backpacks.

“We’re just trying to make a difference however we can,” they said.

Their friend, Martin Rademacher of The Backyard Tavern, said he was glad to offer the tavern as a drop-off site, despite the dangers of what the couple plans to do.

“I support that 100% you know. I say it’s bigger than us,” Rademacher said.

Flights into and near Ukraine have been delayed in several parts of Europe.

Rademacher and The Backyard Tavern say they will continue to accept supplies or cash donations until they know when and how they’ll be able to take them overseas. Updates can be found on The Backyard Tavern’s Facebook page.

They also say you can help through the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

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