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Ukraine: from steel giant bracelets to support fleet

Initiative by United24, Metinvest with material from Azovstal

17 November, 19:40
(ANSA) - UDINE, 17 NOV - The United24 fundraising platform, created by the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, and Metinvest Group, a steel giant based in Ukraine, which produces 45% of the whole country's steel, launched the final edition of 'Azovstal - A Symbol of Perseverance' bracelets made of the final pre-war batch of steel manufactured at Azovstal steelworks. The last edition of bracelets was made of steel letters that spelled out "I believe in the Armed Forces of Ukraine," which stood for a month at the foot of the largest Ukrainian flag in Kyiv. The initiative aims to support the Ukrainian army and protect Ukraine's maritime territory and cities from Russian warships, Metinvest explained. The bracelets can be purchased in Ukraine as well as in the EU, the US, and Canada. All profits from the sale of the bracelets will go towards developing the first-ever fleet of maritime drones for the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. "For every Ukrainian, Azovstal is more than just the name of a steel plant.

It has become a symbol of the courage and steadfastness of Ukraine's defenders, who proved stronger than steel. That is why the 30,000 bracelets in the first and second editions made of Azovstal steel sold out in days. Today, the sale of the final and, therefore, special edition begins", Metinvest management pointed out. The batch was made of 17-meter-high letters spelling out "I believe in the Armed Forces of Ukraine" so that thousands of people could share their faith in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Metinvest's participation in the 'Azovstal - A Symbol of Perseverance' project is part of Rinat Akhmetov's Steel Front military initiative. "I hope that the next batch of bracelets will be produced from the first batch of steel from the rebuilt Azovstal in Ukrainian Mariupol," said Yuriy Ryzhenkov, CEO of Metinvest. (ANSA).

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