gas masks for Ukraine

Bob Basset AKA Serhiy Petrov is a Ukrainian artist who creates internationally recognized works of wearable art in a genre known as Technoromanticism. His work has appeared in the pages of Vogue, in TV and film, and has been worn by numerous celebrities around the world. Right now he is in Ukraine, working on raising money to help the brave men and women who are defending their country. For this endeavor, he has partnered with Kyrylo Kyslyakov, renowned event producer and co-owner of Barmandictat, one of the top bars in Ukraine. Together, they hope to raise money to help supply Ukrainian soldiers with gas masks due to the impending threat of Russian chemical weapons.

As you are undoubtedly already aware, on February 24, Russia began an unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, and has shown little hesitation in attacking civilian populations. Countless noncombatants, including the elderly, women, and children, have been killed by Russian forces, alongside Russian bombing and missile attacks targeting churches, hospitals, and schools. It is increasingly clear that no one in Ukraine is safe from Russian aggression, and the Ukrainian people are fighting not only for freedom and democracy, but for their very survival. Millions of lives are at stake, and they need help.

The Russian military has already demonstrated that it has no qualms about using chemical weapons (it previously used them in Syria) and there is a high risk of Russia using them in Ukraine. Because of this very serious danger, Basset and Kyslyakov are attempting to raise funding to purchase gas masks, which they will then donate to the Ukrainian armed forces to help to protect Ukraine’s defenders in the event of Russian chemical attacks. Their initial goal is $10,000. We hope that you can help them in aiding the brave men and women fighting to defend Ukraine and its people.

Fundraising is temporarily suspended