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A Personal and Organizational Stand with Ukraine

Updated: Oct 13, 2023

In these trying times, where conflicts displace families and dreams are shattered by the heartbreak of war, we are reminded of the poignant truth: our shared humanity binds us, and in times of adversity, it calls us to act, stand united, and lend our voices in solidarity with those suffering and resisting.

My name is Maria Gorskikh, and while today I speak to you as the founder of DREAM Venture Labs, my words are deeply personal and stem from a place of pain, hope, and a fervent belief in the power of self determination and collective action.

The unfolding tragedy in Ukraine, ignited by Russia's invasion in 2022, has cast a long shadow not just across Europe, but over the entire world. It stands as a stark reminder of the pervasive and devastating impacts of war, which breed unspeakable suffering, mass displacement, and profound socio-economic ramifications.

Though I am an immigrant from Russia, I have always firmly stood with Ukraine.

The actions undertaken by the Russian government – ones of unprovoked aggression and blatant disregard for international law – are actions I entirely condemn. The shattering of peace, the loss of innocent lives, and the resulting humanitarian crisis are injustices that we, as a global community, cannot ignore.

After arriving in Boston at 17, I found a home that celebrated diversity and championed the potential of each individual. Inspired by the resilience and fortitude of the Ukrainian people in the midst of unimaginable strife, and grounded in my own experiences as an immigrant, Dream Venture Labs was founded with a mission to support refugees and immigrants fleeing due to such terrible circumstances through entrepreneurship.

But our commitment goes beyond providing practical support. It is also moral and unequivocal. We stand in staunch solidarity with the people of Ukraine, and we fiercely condemn any acts of aggression against sovereign nations and their people. Peace is not merely the absence of war but the presence of justice, and we, therefore, call upon the international community, fellow organizations, and you – our steadfast supporters – to join us in standing with Ukraine.

In this enduring crisis, your support can forge bridges of solidarity and hope for those whose lives have been drastically altered by war. Let us foster a future where our collective actions usher in a wave of positive change, resilience, and undeterred pursuit of peace.

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