The White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 is honored to present our newest addition to the Historic Moments of the American & Global Presidency Coin Collection
Ukrainian Resistance: One Year After the Invasion of Ukraine by Russia
“The glory of Ukraine has not yet perished, nor the will”*50% of profits will be donated to Ukraine House, a 501C Charitable Foundation, in Washington D.C.
Coin #15 honors the Ukrainian peoples resistance, sacrifice, resilience, bravery and innovation during the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. On February 24th, 2022 Russian forces invaded Ukraine, causing widespread destruction that triggered an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Roughly one-third of Ukraine’s entire population has been displaced within the first year of war, with 8 million refugees outside of Ukraine and 6 million internally displaced.
From the beginning of the war, the Russian strategy towards Ukraine was designed to demoralize and demotivate not only Ukraine, but also neighboring countries such as Moldova, Poland and the Baltic countries. In the face of destruction from unchecked Russian aggression, the world witnessed the resilience of over 100,000 Ukrainians trading in their suits and laptops for army fatigues and AK-47’s to work side-by-side with Ukrainian military commanders to create the “Territorial Defense Forces”, a heroic resistance effort by Ukrainian civil society to delay and disrupt Russian military operations.
In what initially appeared to be a paralyzed landscape and a stalled economy, Ukrainian civilians known as “Volonteri” banned together to defend their cities through humanitarian and civilian warfare efforts. “Hedgehog” anti-tank barriers, infamously painted in yellow and blue honoring the Ukrainian flag, Molotov cocktails, “Made in Ukraine” flack jackets, camouflage nets, periscopes, “bourzhuyki”, and portable stoves amongst other forms of set the global stage for Ukraine’s civilian resourcefulness and resilience.
Civilian Information Technology (I.T) Specialists aided in the creation of apps that warned of air raids, known as the ePPO app. This app enabled Ukrainian citizens to locate a missile or drone helicopter and then feed it’s coordinates to respective aerial defense teams. By leveraging citizen and soldier influencers on social media, Ukraine has expanded the reach and influence of its underlying messaging.
“The glory of Ukraine has not yet perished, nor the will”
Ukraine has personalized this message more than any previous information campaign. Most importantly they’ve signaled a change in the future of information warfare, especially in the wake of relentless Russian propaganda.
This spreading civilian resistance has eroded Kremlin control of previously occupied areas throughout Ukraine. The patriotism of Ukrainians and their willingness to defend their country and democracy, even at high costs is amplified by the strategic failure of the Russian leadership and Russian military. NATO and its members remain in awe of Ukraine’s ability to respond to the invasion and it’s ability to innovate and adapt throughout the conflict.
The volunteri will create Ukraine’s postwar culture. Those who stayed and volunteered will help rebuild the cities and run the country in the future. They’ve shown the world what it takes to resist Russian influence, corruption and occupation. In forming the volunteri, they have separated themselves from a Russian autocracy that suppresses spontaneity and creativity.
Taras Shevchenko’s powerful poem, “Keep fighting- you are sure to win! God helps you in your fight! For fame and freedom march with you, And right is on your side!” will be finely etched along the entire perimeter of each commemorative coin.
In dialogue with the Ukrainian government, 50% of profits will be donated to Ukraine House, a 501C Charitable Foundation, in Washington D.C. as selected by President Zelenskyy. Our CEO, Anthony Giannini, will visit the Ukraine Embassy to present the first $50,000.00 support check to the Ukraine House in the Spring of 2023, an ongoing philanthropic initiative to support Ukraine from the Official White House Gift Shop Est. 1946.
We are honored to share with you that the #1 and #2 coins for our entire Ukraine commemorative coin collection, including the Christmas & Epiphany coin, will be presented to President Zelenskyy and First Lady Olena Zelenska at Christmas time, as well as members of their cabinet team.
Our goal is to raise at least $1,000,000.00 this year for Ukraine House in Washington D.C. in support of President Zelenskyy and First Lady Olena Zelenska's philanthropic missions for the people of Ukraine.
Here at the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 we believe it's vitally important for all Americans to remain aware of the vital role of Ukraine in sustaining and upholding Democracy in Europe.
If Ukraine falls, so too, Democracy.
Each coin will have the following features:
*Certificate of Authenticity with Edition Number
*Velvet Presentation Case Includes Outer Two-Piece Box with Gold Presidential Seal
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Please Note: This is the 40th coin presented in the Historic Moments of the American Presidency Coin Collection
Anthony F. Giannini
Chief Designer Global Historic Moments of the American Presidency Collection
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