By Judith Miller
When Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska visited New York in September, former Gov. George Pataki asked what her country needed most. “Heaters, heaters, heaters!” she exclaimed.
Mr. Pataki relayed her request to his friend Earle Mack, a real-estate developer and former U.S. ambassador to Finland. Outraged by Russia’s invasion, both men had traveled often to Ukraine to express support and deliver whatever food, clothes and supplies they could muster. Now they had a new mission: Find industrial-strength heaters to prevent Vladimir Putin’s missile assault on the country’s power grid, water plants and other critical infrastructure from freezing Ukrainians to death in winter and paralyzing their fierce resistance.
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