Kansas City Politicos & Biz Host Ukraine War 2024 Funding Junket

An anonymous message sent to our blog community just moments ago . . .

"TKC readers might be interested to know about this PR appearance designed to garner sympathy and support for more American tax dollars to be spent on this 'war' . . ."

Again . . . This is another low-key local event that has garnered some social media interest with very little coverage from mainstream news outlets.

Agree or disagree about the merits of supporting the fight against Vlad & the Russkies in the cold & desolate regions of Eastern Europe in order to avoid the very unlikely possibility that they'll march down Southwest Blvd . . . 

There's no denying that local PRO-WAR PROGRESSIVES seem supportive & upbeat about the Ukraine war effort and unconcerned about the CARNAGE & ALL OF THE EPIC COSTS OF THIS DEADLY CONFLICT that doesn't seem to be making any advances.

Real talk . . . The GOP majority talks a good game but have also signed on to fund this war as well.

And so . . . Our www.TonysKansasCity.com will share resources given to the press . . .

Ukrainian Ambassador Oksana Markarova will be coming to Kansas City along with GMF President Heather A. Conley (a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State) and Howard Buffett to talk about the war in Ukraine.

The visit, organized by GMF, a DC think tank, is a part of a 10-state trip across the United States which will highlight American support for Ukraine. As the war enters its third year, Congress struggles to pass a budget let alone a Ukraine supplemental, and attention shifts elsewhere in the world, Whistlestops for Ukraine seeks to foster conversations about Ukrainians’ ongoing struggle.

Media is welcome to join us at any of the events throughout the day. Among other events, the Ukrainian ambassador and other special guests will be speaking to a class of UMKC students, we’ll be putting the mayor of Odessa, MO in conversation with the governor of Odesa, Ukraine, the special guests will be visiting Heart-to-Heart International in Lenexa to see portable medical clinics being sent to Ukraine.

There will be press availability for Ambassador Oksana Markarova, GMF President Heather A. Conley, and Howard Buffett at 12:30pm in the Chamber of Commerce lobby in Union Station. If you are interested in attending, could you please RSVP . . .

Attaching the current draft of our agenda and a one-pager about Whistlestops for Ukraine. On our website we also have further info, including a launch video and a video about our first stop in Minnesota back in November


7:15am – 8:00am Travel Time to Odessa 8:00am – 9:15am Breakfast and Community Conversation Between Odessa, MO & Odesa, UKR JJ’s Down Home CafĂ©, 119 S 2nd Street, Odessa, MO and Odessa Public Library conference room

9:15am – 10:15am Travel Time (50 minutes) 10:15am – 11:00am Visit Portable Medical Clinic & Volunteers Packing Hygiene Kits for Ukraine Heart-to-Heart International, 11550 Renner Boulevard, Lenexa, KS 11:00am – 11:30am Travel Time (20 minutes)

11:30am – 12:15pm Boxed Lunches & Conversation with UMKC Students Class: Politics of Developing Countries with Dr. Mona Lyne University of Missouri Kansas City campus

12:15pm – 12:30pm Travel Time

12:30pm – 1:00pm Press Availability Lobby of Chamber Board Room, Kansas City Union Station

1:00pm – 2:00pm Kansas City Business Community Roundtable Chamber of Commerce Board Room, Kansas City Union Station

2:00pm – 2:20pm Travel Time

2:30pm – 3:15pm Conversation with Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas

3:15pm – 4:00pm Travel Time to Airport

Developing . . .