An East Kilbride company director is calling on all Lanarkshire businesses to stand in solidarity with Ukraine and tell Russian citizens the ‘truth about this evil war’.
In a bid to influence the Russian people, Eco-Mist Biotechnics took the bold move to ax its Moscow-based supplier this week, and wants others to take similar action.
Pleading for peace, director Graham Mylchreest wrote to the sales team at Potok Inter LLC informing them that they will be cutting all ties following their leader President Vladimir Putin’s deadly invasion of Ukraine.
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Graham told Lanarkshire Live: “We call on all businesses and individuals to take action, however small, to exert a cumulative influence on the Russian people to halt this evil war.
“We are seeing horrific pictures every day of the devastation of parts of Ukraine, against civilians who are terrified for their safety and lives, who are being displaced from their homes, living in bomb shelters with little food, water or electricity.
“There are over one million refugees, almost all women and children, who have left Ukraine – probably never to return. Men aged 18 – 60 are forced to stay and fight, meaning families will inevitably suffer terrible and unforgettable losses.
“What is indisputable is the terror, distress and cruelty being experienced by those who are sheltering in bunkers and basements. It is heartbreaking and beyond belief that in the year 2022 – over 100 years after World War I, that we seem to have learned nothing .”
Eco-Mist Biotechnics manufactures and supplies eco-friendly sanitizing products to treat surfaces and the air against all types of pathogens, including Covid-19. The Nerston-based business started in 2012 with the objective of improving hygiene in all sorts of environments to prevent avoidable illnesses.
Its dry misting systems have been used in COVID test centers across the UK during the pandemic to prevent cross-contamination between people who attend for a test.
Their systems are also in use in ambulances across the world, including Portugal, Morocco, Scandinavia, the Middle East and the UK.
The product it was buying from Russia is the InfectionGard airProtect – an air cleaning machine developed for NASA and used on the space station to protect the astronauts.
Condemning the war in an email to the Russian firm, Graham wrote: “As a result of your country’s unprovoked aggression against Ukraine, we will no longer represent or promote your products in the UK or through our international distribution network.
“I tell you this, because I am aware that information and news is severely controlled in Russia. I want you to know the truth.
“All it takes for evil to prevail, is for good people to do nothing.
“We plead for the support of good Russian citizens – give peace a chance.”
Last month global software company, Ideagen Plc at East Kilbride’s Scottish Enterprise Technology Park issued a statement condemning Russia’s attack on Ukraine and terminated contracts with all suppliers and customers in Russia.
Graham told Lanarkshire Live: “I know our voice probably means little, but it is the very least we can do to express our outrage at the Russian aggression and the potential threat to world peace.
“We felt we had to make a stand against this. Up until now our relationship with the supplier has been very positive. They are a professional organization backed by good science and testing.
“But, we believe the very least we can do is to send a message to the Russians that we cannot accept their military aggression against a peaceful nation.
“We are aware this small act might have minimal effect, but if more businesses refuse to trade with Russia, the truth will reach the people.
“If everyone who any ability to influence or inform Russian opinion did their part, the cumulative effect would be considerable.”
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.