Entrepreneurs from Fargo, Ukraine team up to get needed supplies to people in war

A shared business interest has brought a Fargo man together with an entrepreneur from Ukraine who is doing some incredible work, helping save the people of his country. He is collecting and distributing everything from anti-biotics to diapers, bullet proof vests and more.

Eugene Lukyanov has been working to get donated supplies to the people of Ukraine.
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FARGO — One look at Realtor and Airbnb owner Eugene Lukyanov social media, and you can see life in Kyiv, Ukraine, is good.

Jason Boutwell is an entrepreneur in Fargo who heard about Lukyanov's effort to help his people save Ukraine and thought the story needs telling.

"It is not just the average Joe, it's the average Joe who's taking up arms to fight the Russians," Boutwell said.

His new friend, Lukyanov, spoke to WDAY News from western Ukraine Tuesday, March 8.

"The explosions and bombings, but it's less active today than usual," Lukyanov said.


Right now, Lukyanov and others are driving much-needed supplies across Ukraine to people trying to survive bombings and missile strikes.

"They need basic stuff like clothes, food, drinks, children need Pampers, et cetera," Lukyanov said. "But as for the people fighting, they are in urgent need of Kevlar vests, bullet proof vests, helmets, (and) thermal imagers."

Eugene Lukyanov with his wife.
Photo submitted by Eugene Lukyanov

Lukyanov's wife is safe in a border country, but is also involved in getting medical supplies out to hospitals.

"They've already delivered, I think, 20 tons of medicine," Lukyanov said.

Just months ago, life was normal for people like Lukyanov. Now, his beloved Kyiv, his people, are under siege.

"I am so thankful that we're able to connect and rally behind our friends in Ukraine fighting for freedom," Boutwell said. "It's a terrible, terrible comparison, but back in the flood-days in Fargo-Moorhead, where (people's) walls were down and we were all acting as one, I see that type of thing in an amplified fashion."

In Fargo, one man's effort to help a friend he's never met.

"We'll be praying for you, Eugene," Boutwell said.


Paypal donations to help Lukanov and his volunteers in Ukraine can be sent to . More information can also be found on his Facebook page .

Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia, Juarez,Mexico and the Middle East. He is an multiple Emmy and national Edward R. Murrow award recipient.

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