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Like so many others around the world, “Real Housewives” star Bethenny Frankel considers herself a big fan of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for staying put in his country and vowing to defend the land from a Russian invasion.
“Zelenskyy’s a bada**,” the reality star tweeted late Friday night, plus echoed during an interview with Fox News. “He just seems like he’s not giving up, and it’s an interesting thing to watch.”
“It’s inspiring because he’s leading by example and people are fighting,” she continued. “If he weren’t fighting for his own country no one else would want to be doing that, so it’s amazing.”
On Saturday, Zelensky posted a video of himself walking around the streets of Kyiv after a night of artillery fire in different parts of the city. He told the world both in words and with his actions, “I’m here.” It’s just another example of the president’s bravery, which has been on display multiple times already since Russia invaded.
Meanwhile, Frankel is ramping up efforts to help Ukraine in her own way. The “Housewives” alum told followers she was “trying” to get to Ukraine to distribute supplies after helping to raise $10 million through her BStrong disaster relief initiative.
The reality star told Fox News Digital that she’s attempting to travel to Ukraine to help distribute supplies.
“I’m actually planning right now. I’m trying to go. I’m talking to my team. They’re not having a lot of service right now, so I wouldn’t be able to do everything I’m doing if I were there on the border,” Frankel said. “It’s very hard to get in touch with my partners on the ground so they’re asking I stay right now otherwise nothing will be able to get done.”
The “Real Housewives” star mentioned how moved she was that the millions of dollars in donation came from regular people, not other millionaire celebrities.
“This is an effort of $50 donations of the average American. This is really not a celebrity, high-profile money effort at this time,” she told the publication of her fundraising efforts. “This has been a literally million and a half dollars of people around the world whose small donations is all they can afford and that’s what’s so beautiful about it.”
Frankel also discussed how committed she was to the cause, especially after seeing images of destruction in Ukraine via social media. “It’s hard at night, you just think about it and see the images of tanks running over cars and superficial people posting superficial things and you’re sort of in shock where you’re living in this vortex where this isn’t the only thing going on in the world,” she told Fox News.
“Just to donate and keep talking because communicating spreads information and makes it more about saving lives than eyelashes.”
BStrong in partnership with Global Empowerment Mission is distributing 100,000 hygiene and survival kits, plus using the money raised to assist “individual cases and families through cash, cards and plane tickets.” Representatives are stationed at a welcome center in Poland to help fleeing Ukrainian refugees.
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