Calling Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine “a wake-up call for America,” NASCAR superstar Richard Childress has made an incredible offer to the besieged Ukrainian people.
According to Fox News, the legendary driver and team owner says he’s ready to send Ukraine 1 million rounds of ammunition as citizens there continue to battle invading Russian forces.
“I was listening the other day and heard President Zelenskyy say he didn’t want out, he wanted ammunition,” Childress told Fox and Friends host Brian Kilmeade on Wednesday.
“I called my good friend Fred Wagenhals, who is the Chairman of AMMO, Inc., which is a publicly traded company, POWW, and I said, ‘Fred, we gotta help these people. They need ammunition.’ And he stepped right up, he said, ‘We’ll do it,’ and now we’re turning our production to this as our number one priority,” he added.
Childers is on AMMO’s board of directors; he is said to have amassed a personal wealth of some $250 million.
“This is a wake-up call for America, and why we have to have our Second Amendment. We have 82 thousand, 82 million gun owners in America, and to see the people in Ukraine fighting — it’s terrible to see the lives that are being lost over there,” he noted when asked why this project meant so much to him. “We have to do all we can, and I felt with Ammo Inc. and myself, we were doing the right thing.”
Though the offer is as generous as it is unique, getting the ammunition to Ukraine won’t be as easy as boxing it up and putting it on a plane.
“We’re working with some government agencies, but to get it there quickly, we’re going to work through a private company that will be working to get it in there,” Childress said. “The number one ammo they’re needing right now over there is the 7.62s, and that’s what we’re going to be producing.”
As to Ukrainian resolve to fight off the Russian invasion, Fox News noted in a separate report:
With the Russian military at their doorstep, everyday Ukrainians from all walks of life are stepping up to fight for their freedom, their democracy and their land.
The government handed out tens of thousands of automatic rifles to civilians last week, asking men between ages 18 and 60 to stand and fight Vladimir Putin’s invading army. Even C-suite executives and lawmakers are getting their hands dirty in defense of their country.
“After seven days with a machine gun, I started to forget that I can also talk to people,” Volodymyr Omelyan, Ukraine’s former minister of infrastructure, told Fox News Digital.
The outlet added that so many Ukrainians attempted to enlist in the armed forces earlier this week that recruiting offices had difficulty signing them up:
In Kyiv, the country’s capital and Putin’s prime target, a group of defiant Ukrainians built up makeshift defenses, roadblocks and checkpoints. It includes soldiers, lawmakers, prominent business leaders and the president himself.
“They will never capture Kyiv,” Omelyan said. “We are ready to fight.”
He also predicted that the Russians would pay dearly for every inch of the capital they managed to capture.
“I believe that Russians still remember that it’s pretty difficult for tanks or transporters to enter a hostile city,” he said.