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Dear Strelets team,
I think you are located in Charkiv, Ukraine.
We are looking at the pictures on TV that are transmitted around the globe from your beautiful city, and we are horrified to see dead children, men and women covering the streets. We pray for your safety.
I want to say thank you for thousands of boxes filled with little toy soldiers that were planned, designed, produced, packed and shipped by you and sent to me through dealers over the past 20+ years. Words are not enough to describe how you have contributed to my happiness.
In this hour, I wish I could return the favor, and send my entire toy soldier army to protect you. So the soldiers on both sides of the conflict would drop their weapons and started playing, to return with joy in their hearts to their families.
May you all remain unharmed. May the war end. May a miracle happen. May peace be with you.
Glory to Strelets
thank you very much for kind words from you and all other our friends, that were sent both to this forum and privately to our e-mail.
Indeed, manufacturing side of the business is located in Kharkov, whereas sales/distribution comes from London.
Three last days were quite hot in Kharkov starting with several reconnaissance groups entering the city outskirts but pulling out later that day after some skirmishes. There are no street fights at the moment.
As you understand, all of our manufacturing processes have stopped.
We keep daily contact with all our team members there and all of them are safe and alive for now. People mainly sit in their homes to avoid the worst, as areas, especially adjacent to military installations, can be rather dangerous. Kharkov was a major military centre with various military units, academies and plants, which became targets. Possibility of becoming a "collateral damage" - euphemism for perished civilians - isn't insignificant and military vehicles on the roads or between buildings along with armed militias don't contribute to safety either. Food stuffs are there, although choice may be not that broad for obvious reasons. Electric power, Internet, water, sewage are all there. There's no panic, people show restraint, attempts of looting are dealt with, it's not massive anyway. Media reports from all sides shall be taken with a pinch of salt, as they are geared for propaganda mode.
Sculptor that made many figures for us, including WSS series, and whose face may be familiar to you as we put his photograph on one of our older boxes, conscripted to the National Guards.
We also maintain contact with our colleague from Orion/DDS/Red Box, who currently resides at his dacha that is 20 miles south from Kharkov. He is OK as well.
That's how things are looking at the moment.
We will keep you updated if anything of significance pops up.
Thank you very much for your support once again.
thanks for the update. Stay safe! You and all your loved ones! Our best wishes, prayers and thoughts are with you! Material losses can be replaced - someday, God willing - loss of life never! Stay strong as strong and brave at heart as you've been all this time!
All the best!
Thank you for the update, Strelets.
All that we can say is stay safe, we are all thinking of you.
Thanks for the update. My prayers are with you and your nation.
Thanks for the post about how things are currently.
We all certainly care about the Strelets team at this difficult time, as we do for all those in Ukraine. So thank you for the post.
I am sure all who post on here will all agree that we hope everyone from team Strelets stays safe & well.
Glory to Ukraine
If we all were in a place of prayer, I would want Jan to lead it. He so eloquently says what we feel for all of you in the Ukraine.
Thank you so much for taking the time to reach out to us. You can't imagine how much it means to us to just hear from you, especially to hear that you are safe. And special prayers for your colleague who has been conscripted into the National Guards.
As often as possible, please reach out to us and give us a wave and a smile.
Faithfully yours - GC
Très content de ces nouvelles. Restez tous en sécurité, c'est le principal.
Happy to hear that everything is fine despite the tragedy that has struck you. I hope from the bottom of my heart that all this will end as soon as possible... for now I wish you all the best. Stay safe Strelets crew.
I cannot improve on what the others have said very well, but I would still like to add my thanks for all you have done for us, my heartfelt admiration and sympathy for the people of your country and my earnest hope that this will be over soon and that you will all come through it safely.
A bonus figure of hero Zelensky in a future Strelets set would be great! Stay safe, and be strong. Slava Ukraini!
Thank you very much for the update. I have taken the liberty of posting your message on TMP (The Miniature Page) as I know many here were, and are, concerned about you all. Stay safe please, hold on for better days and hope to see you soon.
Thank you for giving us some news, when the reality of war meet toy soldiers ! We've seen the brave people of Ukraine fighting for their country, outnumbered, and still standing in an heroic manner, while many civilians tried to flee the conflict and became refugees (not to mention casualties). It's something rarely seen in history and the world is watching and will not forget.
My small contribution has been to intensify the buying of strelets figures these past days, (20 boxes) and will still make as much order as possible to provide you the only support I can in the coming days, weeks and months.
My heart goes with Ukrainians wherever they are.
Stay safe, Strelets Team. You're in our thoughts and prayers.
Stay Safe love your toys thank you!
You have my heart felt admiration , to all of you at so many levels, stay safe.
i hope and pray that all Strelets team and their families remain safe in these terrible times as well as all Ukrainians, hopefully actions by rest of the world will bring this war to a halt asap
i also respectfully suggest we boycott buying any Russian products, models, kits figures etc
Zvezda is a Russian manufacturer.
Let us hope that soon enough, Putin will step back, due to internal or external causes.
He is a dangerous man and as he is getting older, he may wants to be remembered as a great Russian. Adolf Hitler wanted the same but he achieved the opposite... We remember him as a skum...
So Mr Putin, be careful and come to your sense !!!
...and, STRELETS, be strong and stay safe. We need you and our thoughts stand by you and by Ukrainian people!!!
I also want to thank you for Your Great Sets ! I wish you continue Your perseverance, I wish you all the best !
"After night there is Day" !
All the very best from New Zealand guys! We are thinking of you all - the gallantry and bravery that Ukraine has exhibited is the admiration of the World.
I saw a great quote recently concerning it -
"What great landmarks can you see of the Earth when in orbit in space?
(1) The Great Wall of China;
(2) The Great Pyramid of Giza;
(3) Volodymyr Zelenskyy's balls."
Thank you Strelets for the update. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your staff in this time of trouble. May you stay safe!
It is good to hear that You are alife, unharmed and well. I wish the best only! I have read about Ukraine before and I hope to visit this beautiful country/state some day.
Will this mess of war be over soon.
All best wishes from Scotland to the Strelets team. Stay safe, guys. The world is with you. More than 100 of my countrymen, all military veterans, volunteered yesterday to travel to Ukraine to fight by your side. They will not be the last. Slava Ukraini!
Thank you very much:
Jan, that was one of the best posts ever on this forum. :clap:
Strelets, that was certainly the most relieving news that could reasonably be expected, given the circumstances. :+1:
Keep the spirit, stay safe, and let us know if there is something specific we can do for you! Regards, Pa