Timothy Snyder, Professor of History at Yale University, became the ambassador for the UNITED24 fundraising platform. He became the second ambassador for the initiative after actor Mark Hamill to focus efforts on fundraising for Defence and Demining.
“Timothy Snyder met with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky in person during his September visit to Kyiv. Recently, the famous historian made his course of Yale University lectures, The Making of Modern Ukraine, available for everyone. It has already gained almost 3 million views. Now he will support Ukraine in his new role as an UNITED24 ambassador. Snyder will raise funds for an anti-drone system to counter the UAVs constantly used by Russia to attack Ukraine’s critical infrastructure,” the press service of the President’s Office informs.
According to the President of Ukraine, Timothy Snyder is a true friend of Ukraine. “In his works, he tells the whole world about the importance of Ukraine, its true history, values, the way they were shaped, and why we need to protect them. I am also grateful that more people will understand not only the reasons and preconditions of our fight but also learn about how they can help us,” Zelensky said.
According to Snyder, he supports Ukraine because “Ukraine must win this war.” In his opinion, the Ukrainian victory will open the region and the world to democracy and give us all hope. “Much of Ukraine is under occupation. The aggressor, breaking all the laws of war, seeks to kill civilians and deprive them of the basic means of existence such as food, water, and electricity. To protect Ukrainians, to protect Ukraine, and thereby to defend all these values, we must be able to stop these attacks,” Snyder noted.
He noted that he wanted to raise money to rebuild libraries, schools, and universities in the long run. “But right now, we have to do what is more urgent, which is to raise money to help Ukraine to defend itself from murderous drones. That is why I have set my goal as raising $1.25 million for anti-drone defence,” the historian said.
United24 is a fundraising platform initiated by the President of Ukraine and the main site for collecting donations in support of Ukraine. For the six months of the platform’s operation, $213 million was raised from citizens of 110 countries.
Outstanding athletes Andriy Shevchenko, Elina Svitolina and Oleksandr Usyk; American actors Liev Schreiber and Mark Hamill; Imagine Dragons band; singer and actress Barbra Streisand; and astronaut Scott Kelly are among United24 ambassadors.