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Title: A veteran Republican operative relocated to Kyiv he says Ukraine can win the war
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URL Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/worl ... 14b6dff&ei=20#image=AA1lfALt|1
Published: Mar 9, 2024
Author: Rebecca Rommen
Post Date: 2024-03-16 21:23:47 by BTP Holdings
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A veteran Republican operative relocated to Kyiv — he says Ukraine can win the war

Story by rrommen@insider.com (Rebecca Rommen) • 9 March 2024

Steven Moore in DC. Steven Moore/Ukraine Freedom Project
© Steven Moore/Ukraine Freedom Project

> Veteran Republican operative, Steven Moore, relocated to Kyiv after Putin's full-scale invasion.
> Moore founded the Ukraine Freedom Project, delivering over $1.2M in aid to the front lines.
> He is critical of the reluctance of some Republicans to supply Ukraine with military aid.

Steven Moore used to work the halls of Congress for the Republican cause, but he has left behind the collonades of the Capitol and the political hustle of Washington DC for the bomb shelters of Kyiv and the war-ravaged Ukraine.

Moore, the former chief of staff to the senior Republican Congressman Peter Roskam, who left office in 2018, relocated to Kyiv after Putin's full-scale invasion.

Within a week of Putin declaring war on Ukraine in 2022, Moore founded the Ukraine Freedom Project (UFP). The nonprofit organization has since delivered more than $1.2 million worth of aid to the front lines, including medical supplies, food, generators, power banks, drones, and Starlink WiFi.

Ukraine's ambitious US weapons wish list includes F-18 Hornet fighter jets, Apache helicopters, and giant transport planes
©Photo by Philip A. McDaniel/U.S. Navy/Getty Images

> Ukraine presented a wish list of weapons to US officials in a closed- door meeting.
> The list included high-ticket items like large transport jets, as well as fighter jets and air defense systems.
> Senate Republicans have blocked a Ukraine aid bill in a dispute over immigration.

Despite a Ukraine aid crisis unfolding in the Senate, Ukraine still has high hopes for receiving key Western weapons to carry on the fight against Russia.

On Wednesday, Ukrainian defense officials presented a wish list of weapons needed by the military in a closed-door meeting in Washington with US government officials and defense industry executives, according to Reuters.

The list included more supplies of items they already had, such as Abrams tanks and artillery, as well as a few surprising big-ticket such as big jets.

The US has not committed to providing all of the weapons that Ukraine has requested, but the Biden administration has said it is committed to providing Ukraine with the necessary military assistance to defend itself.

Here is a list of some of Ukraine's desired armaments, according to documents seen by Reuters.

Meanwhile, Moore was once an insider regarding DC's lobbying culture or congressional standstills, having spent years on Capitol Hill, is disillusioned by the stagnating support from some of his fellow Republicans back home.

A $95 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan is being held up by the House of Representatives by some Republican lawmakers. GOP House Speaker Mike Johnson is blocking it after it was overwhelmingly approved in a Senate vote, saying he was in "no rush" to adopt the legislation.

"What most Americans don't realize is that the weapons we're sending are secondhand weapons we have. I've seen the Humvees that have gone over there. They're not in the best shape," Moore told Business Insider.

Moore said Ukraine's urgent need for military aid was symbolized for him when he saw a Ukrainian soldier using a My Little Pony backpack for his munitions.

'Ukrainians can win if we give them the weapons'

Members of the Ukraine Armed Forces in Chernivtsi accept high-end Yaesu radios from Steven Moore, second from left, founder of the Ukraine Freedom Project. Courtesy of Steven Moore>br> © Courtesy of Steven Moore

"I'm trying to bridge that gap between Americans and Ukrainians and help Americans understand that the Ukrainians are people like them and the most horrific things in the world possible are happening to people like them. If we don't continue to support Ukraine, then the Russians will roll through Ukraine," Moore told BI.

However, he recognizes that the roots of Republicans' dwindling support for Ukraine stem from prioritizing homegrown problems.

Moore believes the top issue for Republican voters is the border and the migrant crisis. Ukraine was bottom of the list, he said.

Given these priorities and the aftermath of Iraq and Afghanistan, "it is understandable that Americans don't want to get involved in another foreign adventure that they see no benefit from," Moore told BI.

Steven Moore and Karl Ahlgren near a hospital in Kherson. Steven Moore/Ukraine Freedom Project
© Steven Moore/Ukraine Freedom Project

But Ukraine also has direct ramifications for US citizens, he said. With global stability at an all-time low, Russia pushing through Ukraine would only further destabilize the international arena and imperil NATO countries like the US.

Following the failed Ukrainian counteroffensive last summer and recent gains for Putin's forces with the hard-fought capture of the eastern town of Avdiivka, there's a "narrative that's out there, which is not true, is that Ukraine can't win," said Moore, who said he had witnessed the resilience and determination of Ukrainians at firsthand.

"What I have seen is that Ukrainians can win if we give them the weapons," he said.

'I'm doing the right thing'

Steven Moore, founder of the Ukraine Freedom Project, pictured in front of a bombed out building in Irpin. Courtesy of Steven Moore
© Courtesy of Steven Moore

Moore has been hands-on and has visited the front lines "a dozen times." For several months, he and a Ukrainian friend, Anatoly, "ran around Ukraine, like Batman and Robin, bringing supplies to places and just filling in the gaps where we could."

In the early months of the war, Moore witnessed civilian casualties he saw pouring in from battles in Irpin and Bucha. "The place was just overwhelmed. These doctors didn't have the meds. They didn't have the space. They didn't have the equipment. But they were trying to save these people's lives," he told BI in 2022

One recipient of UFP aid was American combat nurse Rebekah Maciorowski, who has been evacuating soldiers on the front lines since the early days of the full-scale invasion, notably from the recently fallen town of Avdiivka.

Others include 22 hospitals stocked with medical supplies thanks to donations made to UFP.

He has found partners to support his efforts, including a significant one in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma —Medical Supplies Network Inc. is putting together a container of pre-owned medical and orthopedic equipment, hospital beds, and other much-needed donations for Ukraine.

"It's worth well over a million bucks," said Moore.

The energy, enterprise, and potential of Ukrainians inspire Moore.

"In the first year of the war, the Ukrainian tech sector grew 21%, so that's a testament to the entrepreneurship of Ukrainians," he told BI.

"In Ukraine, they're making music and they're building startups in garages in garages. Every third person I meet is an entrepreneur in Ukraine. So it's a really exciting place to be— to be in that environment was just mind-blowing," he said.

Moore left the Hill around 2014, and his career has taken him around the world, including other conflict zones. Work had him spend an earlier stint in Kyiv from 2018 to 2019 when he first tasted the city's exciting up-and-coming energy.

Moore stocked up as best when the Russian invasion began before heading to Ukraine.

Steven Moore at hospital in Kramatorsk. Steven Moore/Ukraine Freedom Project
© Steven Moore/Ukraine Freedom Project

That meant sweeping through a hunting store in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, for "everything I could figure out that might be somewhat useful to anyone in a war," Moore said. That initial haul included satellite mapping gadgets, walkie-talkies, knives, flashlights, and binoculars.

"Bass Pro Shop was not designed to outfit soldiers, but I took everything they might have," he said in a previous BI interview.

He then "hopped on a plane, landed in Bucharest, drove to the border with Ukraine, and started trying to help and have been helping ever since," Moore said.

"The opportunity cost for my being here in Ukraine in terms of personal finances is a foolish decision, but I'm doing the right thing," he said.


Poster Comment:

Meanwhile, Zelensky has sent half a million Ukrainians to the graveyard, and they are allowing 43 y/o men to go to the front. In the U.S. if you are 41 you cannot go to the front.

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#1. To: BTP Holdings (#0)

Zelensky has sent half a million Ukrainians to the graveyard, and they are allowing 43 y/o men to go to the front.

Allowing? Sure is an odd way to describe a forced march with a bayonet poked in ones arse. Then again Moore's use of the word win is very odd.

ghostrider  posted on  2024-03-16   21:41:29 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: BTP Holdings, Dakmar (#0)

Ukraine can win the war

Yes, GayZ has already won the war, you just need to reframe the parameters.

The stated objective was to collapse Russia. Putin was just trying to stop the slaughter of ethnic Russians in the Donbass or wherever it was. The outcome has destabilized the whole World (Venezuela is at war with Guyana, ME, Eastern Europe, etc.). Bankrupt and destabilize the US, and just kind of fuck things up to the point that a nuclear exchange is a real fear. "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED"

My little physician GF came here to play with Dak on 4um, get some food and dicq until Monday morning until about 0500. She's not interested in geopolitics too much.

“The most terrifying force of death comes from the hands of Men who wanted to be left Alone.
TRUE TERROR will arrive at these people’s door, and they will cry, scream, and beg for mercy…
but it will fall upon the deaf ears of the Men who just wanted to be left alone.”

Esso  posted on  2024-03-16   21:52:54 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: ghostrider (#1) (Edited)

Allowing? Sure is an odd way to describe a forced march with a bayonet poked in ones arse.

That's a fucking good point. Kinda the way Bidet "allowed" 15 of my friends to get the clot-shots or lose their jobs.

My 'funeral jeans' got almost as much wear as my work jeans did for awhile.

“The most terrifying force of death comes from the hands of Men who wanted to be left Alone.
TRUE TERROR will arrive at these people’s door, and they will cry, scream, and beg for mercy…
but it will fall upon the deaf ears of the Men who just wanted to be left alone.”

Esso  posted on  2024-03-16   21:58:57 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: BTP Holdings (#0)

Please. No more crap from MSN!!

They are sending men up to age 70 to the front. They have drafted multiple men with Downs Syndrome.

The Truth of 911 Shall Set You Free From The Lie

Horse  posted on  2024-03-16   23:21:52 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Horse, 4um, Dakmar (#4)

No more crap from MSN!!

I kind of get a kick out of it. It's so simple-minded, it's funny.

They have drafted multiple men with Downs Syndrome.

My younger sister was Down's, very low functioning, IQ too low to measure. Dr. Kimmy (when she was in HS) met her when we were dating in the late 70s.

Maybe GayZ should put all the homo/pedo/trannys up front. I don't know nuthin', I'm not a tactician.

There was a great propaganda video about the ukrainine soldiers telling them to surrender or die. It was really slick. I wish I could find it, I know me or the interns posted it, I didn't bother on EweToob, I looked on rumble briefly.

My new (old) gf doesn't like me wasting our limited time together, but she's trying to figure out what's in my head after 44 years and get Dakmar's info. She loves that sumbitch.

“The most terrifying force of death comes from the hands of Men who wanted to be left Alone.
TRUE TERROR will arrive at these people’s door, and they will cry, scream, and beg for mercy…
but it will fall upon the deaf ears of the Men who just wanted to be left alone.”

Esso  posted on  2024-03-17   0:00:44 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: BTP Holdings (#0) (Edited)

He is critical of the reluctance of some Republicans to supply Ukraine with military aid.

He is critical of the reluctance of some Republicans to supply Ukraine with military aid.

When OUR Borders are Wide FUKN OPEN!

What Kind of REPUBLICAN supports BRANDON!!!

PULL Your HEAD OUTTA YOUR ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Listen for the "POP", that Sound Made When your Head IS

FORCEABLY Removed from Your ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ricky  posted on  2024-03-17   0:27:26 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Esso (#2)

GayZ has already won the war, you just need to reframe the parameters.

I know it Plus Scott Ritter says the eastern provinces of Ukraine have already voted to join Russia. And the U.N. rules allow the partitioning of Ukraine. ;)

"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one." Edmund Burke

BTP Holdings  posted on  2024-03-17   18:01:33 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Ricky (#6)

Then there is the vacuum issue causing invertedness.

ghostrider  posted on  2024-03-17   18:02:48 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: Esso, Horse (#5)

No more crap from MSN!!

I kind of get a kick out of it. It's so simple-minded, it's funny.

It is. Plus, MSN is just the conduit. The story originates from Business Insider. ;)

"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one." Edmund Burke

BTP Holdings  posted on  2024-03-17   18:09:06 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: BTP Holdings (#0)

What a grifter.

A rainbow coalition against Jews doesn't require Whites or Pro-Whites. It can be just as brown or anti-white as you like.

Prefrontal Vortex  posted on  2024-03-17   23:08:19 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: Prefrontal Vortex (#10)

What a grifter.

The Uke's excel at asymmetric warfare sending armed drones to Moscow to bring a piece of the war to Muscovites. ;)

"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one." Edmund Burke

BTP Holdings  posted on  2024-03-19   21:56:15 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: Esso (#3)

Kinda the way Bidet "allowed" 15 of my friends to get the clot-shots or lose their jobs.

I know a nurse who refused the clot shot over religious objections and it worked. ;)

"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one." Edmund Burke

BTP Holdings  posted on  2024-03-19   22:00:43 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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