Mercury Public Affairs is conducting US outreach for GloBee International for Regional Development about the plight of the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.
Ukraine’s second-largest city had a population of 1.5M prior to the Russian invasion. It has suffered a constant barrage of Russian shelling and missile assaults that has killed at least 500 civilians.
GloBee is a non-profit group of business people, lobbyists, PA professionals and American/European expats living in Ukraine.
It organized a Cyber Security Summit in Kyiv in 2017 to warn about cyber threats from Russia. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken attended that session.
GloBee is currently pushing for the US and NATO countries to “close the skies over Ukraine,” a point that president Zelensky stressed during his March 16 presentation to the US Congress.
Mercury is working for GloBee on a pro-bono basis. Managing director Jake Dilemani is a director of GloBee.
The Omnicom unit on February 24 terminated relations with Russia’s En+Group and Sovocombank after president Biden sanctioned them following Putin’s assault on Ukraine.
Mar. 17, 2022, by Joe Honick
Sadly and realistically, the only way to "close the sky" is to be able to reenforce that decision with armed means to do so, implying friendly aircraft on patrol and ready to do battle with and shoot down Russian aircraft. That action would obviously set up direct confrontation between the U.S. and Russia.
There is no question about either the courage of the Zelensky Ukraine or the moral correctness in helping as far as we can and as Biden has gone to bat despite the hypocracy and sabotage efforts of the American right.
The most immediate and susceptible target just might be the rumored demoralized front line Russian troops.