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Brazilian Air Force Departure Towards Ukraine with 11 tons of Cargo in Humanitarian aid During Repatriation Operation

 

Brazilian Air Force Departure Towards Ukraine with 11 tons of Cargo in Humanitarian aid During Repatriation Operation | MORE THAN FLY

The Brazilian Air Force (FAB – Força Aérea Brasileira) sent on March 7, 2022 a KC-390 Millennium aircraft with the mission to rescue Brazilians who are leaving Ukraine. The outbound flight to the aircraft has 11.6 tons of humanitarian aid on board for the European country that is suffering from the war invaded by Russia. The shipment sent is made up of food (learn more details later in this article), water purifiers and medicines from donations. The material was packed on pallets, that is, on platforms used to stack or transport materials by means of forklifts, loaded on the KC-390, which originated on Sunday, March 6, 2022, where at 10:35 am, it took off from the Air Base of São Paulo (BASP), in Guarulhos (SP), arriving, on the same day, at the Anápolis Air Base (BAAN) at 1:35 pm.

 

As per the mission schedule, the cargo was relocated to another KC-390, which took off from the Brasília Air Base (BABR), the day after March 7th. The final destination of the aircraft is Warsaw, capital of Poland, where citizens must board as defined by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MRE).

 

Brazilian Air Force Departure Towards Ukraine with 11 tons of Cargo in Humanitarian aid During Repatriation Operation | MORE THAN FLY

With the assistance of the Embassy of Brazil in Warsaw, the Brazilian donation will travel from the Polish capital to its final destination in Ukraine. The mission takes place by determination of the Presidency of the Republic under the coordination of the Ministry of Defense (MD) and the MRE.

 

For the Chief of the Operations Section of the First Troop Transport Group (1st GTT - 1º Grupo de Transporte de Tropas), Major Aviator Daniel Elias Souza, conducting the humanitarian mission generates a great feeling of satisfaction for the Zeus Squadron. "Planning, a fundamental part of the process, was a challenge that demanded attention to every detail and, in this context, our entire team has been working uninterruptedly so that the mission is accomplished efficiently, safely and without obstacles. That the Brazilian flag will once again be raised to a high level by our crews, representing, internationally, all the professionalism, altruism and dedication of the various sectors of the Brazilian Air Force", he highlighted.

 

The 11 ton Logistics Heading to Ukraine

 

Part of the cargo sent to Warsaw was 50 water purifiers, of national technology and manufacture (with a combined capacity to purify around 300,000 liters of water per day); 50 voltaic kits with solar panel to supply energy equipment autonomously; 10 tons of highly nutritious dehydrated foods (400,000 meals); and 5 medicine kits for medical emergencies, from public stocks managed by the Ministry of Health, without compromising national supply.

 

Brazilian Air Force Departure Towards Ukraine with 11 tons of Cargo in Humanitarian aid During Repatriation Operation | MORE THAN FLY
Photo © Juliano Palma.


The logistics of delivering the expressive load of food was only possible thanks to the joint and selfless effort, in the middle of Carnival, of the Movimento União BR (BR Union Movement) and the companies Simple Nutri, LATAM Airlines and Luna Express, and to the close coordination with the Federal Government and the United Nations.

 

Brazilian Air Force Departure Towards Ukraine with 11 tons of Cargo in Humanitarian aid During Repatriation Operation | MORE THAN FLY
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At the request of the Brazilian Cooperation Agency, the United Nations purchased 10 tons of dehydrated foods, 100% natural, with a high nutritional content and easy and instant reconstitution. This essential load was provided by Simple Nutri, a Brazilian dehydrated food company that works in social entrepreneurship with the aim of fighting hunger and malnutrition by connecting various sectors of society with a global reach – which acted in recent catastrophes, such as the earthquake that occurred in Haiti and in the floods in Bahia, Minas Gerais and Maranhão and in the landslides in Petrópolis (RJ). Now, his risottos and soups will not only satisfy the hunger of Ukrainians, but above all, feed them, physically and psychologically.

 

Brazilian Air Force Departure Towards Ukraine with 11 tons of Cargo in Humanitarian aid During Repatriation Operation | MORE THAN FLY
Bought by the UN, dehydrated foods are manufactured by the Brazilian company Simple Nutri
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“Faced with such a serious situation, it is very important to be able to help those who need it most. Our food will be fundamental to ensure the nutrition and survival of thousands of victims who are living this conflict closely”, said Rafael Romano, founder of Simple Nutri.

 

For Itamaraty, the union of all was essential to make the operation viable. These foods, as well as the other items of the humanitarian donation from Brazil, were gathered “to meet the most pressing needs of the Ukrainian people”, he explained in a note from the Brazilian Foreign Ministry.

 

Active throughout Brazil since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Movimento União BR (BR Union Movement) was responsible for the national, air and land logistics articulation, which, in an instant, managed to bring Simple Nutri food from the interior of Rio Grande do Sul. South to São Paulo Air Base, in Guarulhos, to board that FAB aircraft. This task force was made possible thanks to the partnership with LATAM, through its “Avião Solidário” program, which offers free transport of people and cargo in emergencies in Health, Environment and Natural Disasters, and Luna Express, which provided its trucks and their teams.

 

Brazilian Air Force Departure Towards Ukraine with 11 tons of Cargo in Humanitarian aid During Repatriation Operation | MORE THAN FLY
Photo © Juliano Palma.


"We managed to transport the 400 thousand meals from Rio Grande do Sul to São Paulo with an emergency air and land operation in the middle of carnival and in less than 30 hours", says Tatiana Monteiro, founder of the Movimento União BR (BR Union Movement). "It was really an initiative between companies, movements and civil society. All strengthened by the greater good, which reinforces the importance of working together and the full force of organized civil society", she concludes.

 

Movimento União BR (BR Union Movement) is a non-partisan national movement that brings together volunteers from all over Brazil and was founded at the beginning of the pandemic in the country, in March 2020. Present in 24 states, it has already benefited more than 15 million people and raised more than R$ 280 million, used in the donation of personal protective equipment (PPE), in the acquisition and distribution of tons of food, in the creation of beds, equipment and hospital supplies and in the management of courses.

 

The Movimento União BR (BR Union Movement) also led donations of plants and mini oxygen plants to the State of Amazonas, in the SOS Manaus campaign and helped generate income for the manauaras. In addition, he worked at SOS Bahia, supporting the reconstruction of the State, after the heavy rains in the south of the region, at the end of 2021.

 

In 2020, the Movimento União BR (BR Union Movement) was the winner of the Social Entrepreneur Award and the 2021 Reader's Choice award; is recognized by the UN as a world case. Its mission is to carry out assistance work in order to promote a legacy in the places where it operates, forming an emergency aid hub.

 

Readers of MORE THAN VOAR already know about LATAM Airlines Group through its program called “Avião Solidário”. The program has been in existence for 10 years and makes available to several communities in South America all of LATAM's logistics experience and air network for the free transport of people and cargo in emergencies in Health, Environment and Natural Disasters. It is directly connected with the LATAM Group's Sustainability Agenda, which has goals in Environmental Management, Climate Change, Circular Economy and Shared Value.

 

Operation Repatriation

 

The landing of the outbound flight in the Polish capital is scheduled for Wednesday (9) and the repatriated 70 Brazilians should arrive in Brazil on Thursday (10).


 

* DISCLAMER:

This publication is content provided by the Air Force Agency (Agência Força Aérea), originally authored by Lieutenant Marayane and Aspirante Eniele of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) and reference information from União BR and Simple Nutri provided by FSB Communication of original authorship by Sthephanie Thomazini and Felipe Aragonez. Text and article adapted by MORE THAN FLY (MAIS QUE VOAR).

This publication was written in Portuguese (Brazil) and automatically translated by Google robots to English. MORE THAN FLY, adopted Google technology for everyone around the world to have access to information and optimize our time and budget with translations. We ask for common sense to take into account translation errors. After all, every robot is limited and is never compared to the superiority of a human intelligence.

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