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Humanitarian Rescue in Ukraine: A Conversation with David Black
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Please join the Harriman Institute for Humanitarian Rescue in Ukraine: A Conversation with David Black, Co-Founder and Director of Moderated by Elise Giuliano, Senior Lecturer in Political Science.

Black co-founded Technical Aid Ukraine / Search and Rescue (Tausar) in May 2022 with Andre West of Hanover, Germany, Serhii Yaskovets of Kyiv in response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine triggered by the Russian invasion. It now operates from three locations adjacent to frontlines in Donbas and Kharkiv, and enlists 20-30 volunteers at a given time in Ukraine – from Ukraine, the United States, Germany and Poland. As of mid-November the organization has completed over 250 Frontline Evacuation missions, evacuated over 1,500 civilians, and delivered over 300,000 pounds of humanitarian aid. Black is based in Kharkiv, Kyiv, and Dnipro, and works with three field teams whenever he can, but is mostly on the road. He will be joining from Germany, where he is acquiring one of the 4×4 vehicles necessary to continue the work in winter conditions.

David Black is the co-founder and director of, a humanitarian rescue operation that evacuates elderly people, women, and children from the Donbas, Kharkiv, and Zaporizhia Oblasts in coordination with Ukrainian officials, and conveys medical and food aid to the Donbas region of Ukraine. A native of New York City, he graduated from Bard College with a degree in Political Studies. He first traveled to Ukraine in October 2021 to conduct research on late WWII and early Cold War intelligence networks.




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