Ukrainians are urging George Pataki to push for a no-fly zone

“We need our skies closed!”

That’s what desperate Ukrainian refugees tell the former New York governor. George Patakiwho travels the war-ravaged country and its border with Hungary on a humanitarian mission.

Regardless of their personal woes and hardships, Pataki told Ukrainians, to one person, first they say they want to set up the US and NATO no-fly zone to prevent Russian invaders from bombing their country into oblivion.

“That’s the first thing they say. Close the sky. We need our closed heaven. Why don’t you close the sky?” Pataki told the Post in a phone interview on Friday from southern Ukraine90 minutes from the Hungarian border.

He said he was struck by the spirit of the Ukrainian people while enduring terrible circumstances in a war-torn country.

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Former New York Governor George Pataki is on a humanitarian mission in Ukraine.
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Former New York Governor George Pataki says he is impressed by the strength shown by the Ukrainian people.
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Map of Russian attacks in Ukraine as of Friday, March 11, 2022.

“To see the strength of people — lots of mothers separated from their husbands fighting the Russians — is really inspiring,” Pataki said.

Pataki, who has family ties to neighboring Hungary, said humanitarian needs are great.

The corona pandemic is making things even more difficult. Only about a third of Ukrainians have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

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He said doctors in Hungary were testing some of the Ukrainian refugees at the border for COVID-19. More doctors are needed to deal with the humanitarian crisis, he said.

“They have real problems with COVID because of the low vaccination rate,” he said.

The former three-year-old Republican governor recalled seeing a mother with four children, all infected with the virus, and visited a wing of a children’s hospital full of COVID patients.

He said there was a great need for medicines. A mother made a 12- to 14-hour round trip to and from Hungary to get medicine for her sick children.

The response from the Hungarians was enormous. He said a group of young footballers from Hungary welcomed football-playing teenagers from Ukraine into their homes. The problem: no place for their mothers.

Pataki said New Yorkers and Americans would respond to humanitarian appeals and there would be announcements from groups contributing medical supplies and prepared meals.

“The response we’re getting from the people of the United States is very encouraging,” he said.

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Former New York governor George Pataki says Ukrainians are asking him for a no-fly zone in particular.
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Pataki’s trip was organized by his nonprofit organization Pataki Leadership Center in collaboration with the Appeal of Conscience Foundation. His delegation also included former ambassador to Finland Earle Mack and industrialist Peter Brant. He also met with Ukrainian and Hungarian dignitaries. Ukrainians are urging George Pataki to push for a no-fly zone


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