Companies from big retailers like Amazon to owners of small Etsy shops are showing their support for Ukraine with a flood of new products, some even using profits to help the war-torn country.
For example, for the low price of $8.18 plus shipping, Etsy Winding Road Canada shoppers can purchase a set of blue and yellow polymer clay earrings shaped like hearts, circles, and more to support besieged Canadians. Ukraine through the branch of the country’s Red Cross.
“Here are a lot of Ukrainian-themed earrings,” wrote store owner Sarah. “Wear them and support freedom and peace for Ukraine. All proceeds from sales, with the exception of shipping fees, will go directly to the Red Cross campaign to combat the crisis in Ukraine.”
Sarah also said they will “cover the cost of materials as long as it’s sustainable” and provide proof of donations to customers if they ask.
Other smaller Etsy stores offer products that directly support various groups in Ukraine, such as the National Bank of Ukraine and the Armed Forces.
Many Etsy shop owners show their support for your Ukraine by selling products and donating profits to various Ukrainian organizations, including the Red Cross and the Armed Forces. Canadian store Winding Road Canada put up earrings for just $8 in various shapes, including hearts, as a sign of support for the Ukrainian people.
Sarah, the owner of Winding Road Canada, has been hard at work creating beautiful polymer clay earrings to donate to the Red Cross in Ukraine.
Retail giant Amazon has also faced a large influx of Ukraine-inspired merchandise, especially American and Ukrainian flag T-shirts.
Many T-shirts feature the words “I support Ukraine” and a popular item features a play on pieces: “Pak Futin” in a defiant statement against the Russian president.
One shirt description that read “I support Ukraine, Pak Futin” read: “I support Ukraine, Pak Futin’s design, the perfect idea to express support for Ukraine and its people.”
Another read: “I support Ukraine to show support and love for Ukraine and all Ukrainian people.”
Most shirts cost between $15 and $20.
Retail giant Amazon saw a flood of new T-shirts this week showing support for war-torn Ukraine as Russia forcibly invaded the Eastern European nation. Many of the T-shirts featured the colors of the country’s flag, blue and yellow, as well as American flags. The popular T-shirt also featured a play on words to denounce the Russian president with the words “Puck Futin” written in large letters.
Another Etsy store called “USSR Merchandise Store”, owned by a woman named Maxim, who usually only sells watches and jewelry, is selling a digital print of a Ukrainian girl holding the national flag in a field to help her family.
“My family lives in Ukraine,” she wrote. “My USSR goods store is going on vacation for an unknown period. As you know, my country, Ukraine, was attacked by Russia.
“We are limited in our ability to earn and send packages. If you want to support us, please buy this listing. Thank you for your kind heart!
The digital download comes at a small price of $5.
An Etsy store in Washington, D.C. called Liberty1765 is also following this trend, selling a Ukrainian flag shirt, the Gadsden American flag snake, famous for its phrase “Don’t step on me”, with the Ukrainian spelling “Go f”. **to me’ in honor of a brave soldier on Snake Island in Ukraine who told an enemy warship: ‘Russian ship: fuck you’.
It is reported that 13 soldiers on an island located in the Black Sea were bombed by Russian aircraft and eventually died.
“We honor their dedication and daring spirit with this redesign of the Gadsden flag,” wrote store owner Tim. ‘[One hundred] a percentage of the profits from the sale of this shirt will go to a fund created by the National Bank of Ukraine to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine.”
The shirt sells for $22.50 plus shipping.
Ukrainian store owner Maxim, whose business had to be put on hold due to the inability to deliver goods in and out of the country, offered a cheap digital painting of a Ukrainian girl with the national flag to help his family in the country.
A small Etsy shop has played up the Gadsden flag, famous for its phrase “Don’t step on me”, by adding the Ukrainian flag and the country’s language to it. A phrase quoting the soldiers on Snake Island on Friday who told the Russian warship to “fuck you”
The Americans were not the only contingent to use the commodities power to raise funds for the people of Ukraine, as the UK also showed its support for Amazon.
Some items include sweatshirts and a classic British item: a pint of beer.
Other ways to donate to Ukraine are through UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders, Children’s Voice, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the United Nations Refugee Agency and others.
The British site Amazon also showed sweatshirts and t-shirts in support.
The UK also showed its support on Amazon, with beer pints printed with the words “I support Ukraine” retailing for around $20.
As the war continues, Western officials are warning that Russia could use a brutal superweapon that vaporizes bodies and destroys internal organs if its attack on Ukraine falters tonight.
They fear that Vladimir Putin may resort to powerful thermobaric weapons, dubbed the “father of all bombs,” as brave Ukrainians resist his attempts to take control of Kyiv.
There are also fears that units that are behind schedule as they face stiff resistance may resort to indiscriminate shelling as a weapon of terror.
Thermobaric weapons, also known as vacuum bombs, are powerful explosives that use the atmosphere itself as part of the explosion. They are among the most powerful non-nuclear weapons ever created.
A thermobaric bomb dropped by the US on the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2017 weighed 21,600 pounds and left a crater more than 1,000 feet wide after detonating six feet above the ground.
Thermobaric weapons were developed by both the US and the Soviet Union in the 1960s. In September 2007, Russia detonated the most powerful thermobaric munition ever created, which produced an explosion equivalent to 39.9 tons.
The American version of the weapon is reportedly worth over $16 million each.
“I fear that if they do not meet their deadlines and goals, they will use violence indiscriminately,” the official said. “They do not adhere to the same principles of necessity, proportionality and the rule of law as Western powers.”
A small contingent of 13 military personnel was stationed on Zmeiny Ostrov in the Odessa region and defended the territory after Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
The bomb works by using oxygen from the surrounding air to create a high-temperature explosion, making it far more lethal than conventional weapons.
While Russian special forces have reached the suburbs of Kyiv, it is believed that the bulk of Russian heavy equipment is still more than 30 miles from the capital.
Western officials have suggested that Russia would assassinate Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his ministers if they took Kyiv.
Russia is launching a massive amphibious assault to bring thousands of troops ashore in Ukraine on Friday as Kyiv puts up a more aggressive defense than Moscow ever expected.
In addition, the US has counted 200 Russian missile strikes to date. Although most of them were fired at Ukrainian military targets, some hit civilian areas.
A senior US defense official said on Friday that Russia appeared to have lost some of its momentum due to Ukraine’s fierce resistance.