Ukraine-based pet products supplier Collar Company has launched an appeal to help its workers, their families and other citizens of Northern Ukraine following the invasion by Russian armed forces.
The company’s main office and manufacturing facility are located in Chernihiv, which has become one of the hardest-hit cities in the entire country during the war.
Shelling and bombing has killed civilians in the city and left them without electricity, water, or heating supplies. Hospitals and schools were destroyed, and grocery stores and petrol stations stopped operating. Communication infrastructure, including both mobile and internet connections, was also badly affected.
The Collar Company’s offices were shelled, breaking all the windows and damaging the production facilities. The organisation is now working to evacuate as many of its employees and their families as possible to a safer location, and is asking the trade to support its efforts.
Press manager Lesya Nevolko said: “Collar Company is responsible for a team of 596 employees and their family members, numbering 1,500 of them. Now we are trying hard to restore our work in Ivano-Frankivsk, which is located 600 km from Chernihiv. We have rented a hostel, storage and office facilities.”
Hundreds of thousands of Chernihiv residents have lived in cellars and bomb shelters for weeks, among them Collar Company founder Yuriy Sinitsa and his family, including his 9-month old daughter. Even though Russian troops are now leaving the northern region of the country, the risk of airstrikes remains high.
More information on how to help the company and make a donation is here: https://collarglobal.com/help/