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A briefing by Kalush Orchestra, Winners of Eurovision Song Contest 2022, will take place at Media Center Ukraine on May 17, at 11:30 AM.
Journalists will be able to ask questions and get a first-hand account of the song contest.
Why this is interesting:
Kalush Orchestra represented Ukraine at Eurovision Song Contest 2022. Oleh Psiuk, the band’s frontman, pleaded for the rescue of Mariupol defenders during the band’s appearance despite the prohibition of political slogans on the stage.
“Save Mariupol, save Azovstal now,” Kalush Orchestra’s lead singer shouted at the end of his song. However, the jury considered the slogan humanitarian rather than political.
The band got 631 points and won the contest.
If you are interested in this topic, you can obtain the subjects’ contacts from the Producer Department of Media Center Ukraine.
On May 15, specialists of Ukraine’s Navy extracted and neutralized two russian anchored mines. It was reported by the press department of the South Operational Command. These two mines were washed ashore in Odesa Oblast.
According to the Ukrainian Institute of Black Sea Strategic Studies, russians planted about 400 anchored mines in the Black Sea and accused Ukraine of having done so. Some mines broke off from their anchors and drifted to the coasts of Romania and Bulgaria in late March.
On March 26, the Turkish government was forced to stop vessel traffic in Bosporus Strait after detecting a stray old-model sea mine. The press department of the Turkish Navy stated that russia’s invasion of Ukraine affects the safety in the Black Sea region directly and has effectively paralyzed the free navigation of all Black Sea countries.
According to Odesa Oblast Military Administration, the holiday season in the region has already been disrupted due to mines planted at sea. It affects the region’s economy directly.
In addition, russia’s Black Sea Navy blocks the Ukrainian seaports.
According to Serhii Bratchuk, spokesperson for Odesa Oblast Military Administration, it creates problems not only for Ukraine but also for the international economy. For instance, the termination of grain deliveries from Odesa’s seaport to the Middle East and North Africa can give rise to a food crisis in the affected countries.
If you are interested in this topic, you can obtain the subjects’ contacts from the Producer Department of Media Center Ukraine.
Viktoria (the name was changed at her request) used to work as a reporter for a Ukrainian news portal in Kherson.
Despite the war, Viktoria decided to stay in her home city to keep doing her job. Almost all Ukrainian media stopped working in Kherson once the occupation started. So the journalist decided she would stay home to inform Ukraine and the whole world about crimes perpetrated by russians. Initially, she worked openly; however, the situation in the city became tenser, and invaders started kidnapping residents who disagreed with them. Currently, the reporter is working in the underground.
If you are interested in this topic, you can obtain the subjects’ contacts from the Producer Department of Media Center Ukraine.
A group of friends from Lviv decided to become charity volunteers after the start of the all-out war. Initially, they relied on their own resources; by now, they have set up a charity organization and received funding from the USA and Europe. They are evacuating residents from combat areas and deliver there dozens of tonnes of humanitarian aid.
The organization also launched a psychological support project that offers gratis psychological support by professionals to people affected by russians’ acts.
Plotting the course, determining the vessel’s location, or calculating its movements are the navigator’s duties on a vessel. These jobs are usually done by men. However, Yevheniia Bakai is the first female navigator of the Navy of Ukraine’s Armed Forces. She mastered the Ship Navigation specialty some time ago and then practiced her skills on ships and powerboats of the Ukrainian Navy. Currently, she is a crew member on one of the combat vessels.
Over 20,000 Ukrainians from various cities have already joined Dobrobat, a charity volunteering project. These people with different skills help Ukraine’s Emergency Response Service for free. They carry out searches and clear debris of buildings ruined by the russian army. They also started rebuilding the damaged settlements. Dobrobat’s volunteers work currently in Kyiv Oblast—in Bucha, Irpin, Vorzel, Hostomel, and Borodianka. They play to start working in the liberated areas of Chernihiv and Sumy Oblasts.
Scythia’s Oysters is a unique farm on the shore of the Tylihul Estuary founded in 2014, during the earlier russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The farm restarted its operations despite the war and shelling by russians. They try not to pause their lives even in this difficult situation; they work and pay taxes that the country needs desperately. Scythia’s Oysters not only cultivate cheap mollusks and supply them to restaurants all over the country. According to them, they review Ukraine’s historical craft that disappeared after the soviet occupation.
Ukrainian lawyers will also be able to work as volunteers. They developed the #адвокатиЗСУ project. Lawyers will provide primary legal advice and help prepare documents for social benefits and guarantees. The military personnel and their families are eligible for assistance from the government, ranging from the provision of subsidies for utility services to grants of land plots. The initiative was supported by Valerii Zaluzhnyi, Commander-in-Chief of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, who invited lawyers to join the project.
Volodymyr Brychka, a volunteer from Rivne Oblast and the pastor of a local church, rescued 1,800 people. For instance, he evacuated over 50 children from an orphanage in Vorzel. The children were shelled by invaders for almost a month. Volodymyr also delivers humanitarian aid. People from his village decided to nominate him for the highest national title—Hero of Ukraine.
Volodymyr is 67 years old. He has 12 own children and two adoptive children, and 43 grandchildren.
Olena from Hostomel searches for her sister Liudmyla who disappeared together with her husband from Hostomel while the russians occupied it. On March 22, Liudmyla came under fire. She suffered serious leg wounds. russian soldiers took her purportedly to the military hospital. Ihor, her husband, went there together with his wife. However, they never came back from the hospital.
It has become known by now that Ihor is kept in a pre-trial detainment facility in russia, and no information is available as to what happened to Liudmyla. After Hostomel had been liberated from russians, Olena submitted a statement to the World Organization Against Torture. She hopes to find out what happened to her sister and where she is.
Dmytro Kozatskyi, known as the Azov photographer with the call sign Orest, who had been in Azovstal Iron and Steelworks for a long time, called on journalists to distribute his photographs taken at the plant and send them to participate in various professional competitions. The fighter also said that as of today, May 20, he is in russian captivity.
“Well, this is it. Thank you for shelter, Azovstal — the place of my death and my life. By the way, while I am in captivity, I will leave the photos in the best quality for you to send them to all journalistic awards and photo contests. If I win something when I’m out, it will be very nice. Thank you all for your support. See you soon!” — Dmytro said on social media.
Dmytro “Orest” Kozatskyi is the photographer behind all the pictures and videos from Azovstal that were featured in the world and Ukrainian media, including the photo of the soldier standing in a sunbeam, which recently circulated the world.
High quality photos of the serviceman can be downloaded here.
Oleksandra, 82 years old, and her daughter Vira spend nights together with their dog and cat in a shed near their house destroyed by the russian army. The ladies sell potatoes to buy bread. Unfortunately, all their clothes remained under the building debris. When Ukrainian journalists told their story, people from all over Ukraine started sending aid to the old ladies and raising funds for them. Iryna Vereshchuk, Minister for the Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine, also paid interest in their story. However, the ladies still have no home.
Associated Press published video footage from the bodycam that belongs to Taira, a volunteer taken into captivity. Yuliia Paievska, who went by call sign Taira, is a Ukrainian paramedic, volunteer, founder, and leader of Taira’s Angels, a medevac volunteer unit.
Yuliia was captured by russian invaders in Mariupol after handing over the footage to journalists. Videos show scenes of her saving the wounded and consequences of the shelling of Mariupol by the enemy. There is also footage of russian POWs.
Yuliia was taken into captivity in mid-March. russian propaganda outlets portray her as a “member of Azov battalion.”
Roman Kostenko is a 38-year-old defender of Donetsk Airport, a colonel of the Security Service of Ukraine, and a current member of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. After the all-out invasion started, Kostenko volunteered to go to the frontline and is now defending Ukraine in the south. At the same time, he keeps performing his parliamentary duties by working online and attending sessions of the Verkhovna Rada in Kyiv whenever possible. Roman Kostenko publishes exclusive footage of fighting on his social media page.
Roman Kostenko’s briefing about how the situation on the frontline develops and how he manages to combine the roles of a soldier and a parliamentarian is scheduled to take place in Media Center Ukraine on May 24 at 11:00 AM.
Almost 44,000 citizens came to Ukraine on May 22. According to the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, the growing trend of people returning to the country persists.
According to Ukraine’s Ministry of Interior, over 6,200,000 Ukrainians had to leave the country because of russia’s all-out invasion of Ukraine. Most of them (over 3 million) moved to Poland; at least half of them still remain there.
Kharkiv Metro railway, whose stations offered shelter from shelling to hundreds of people after the commencement of fighting, resumes its operation. People living at the stations will have to be resettled to shared hostels. Some people with nowhere to live because their homes were destroyed have already been provided hostel beds. However, some of these people are afraid of leaving the Metro and unwilling to move.
Domivka, a pet rescue shelter in Lviv, helps rescue pets who lost their masters due to the war. Volunteers sheltered more than 3,000 pets. They include a goat named Borys that is treated for burn wounds. Bombs destroyed the goat’s shed in Hostomel, but the goat managed to get out. Witnesses joke that Borys later chased invaders away from a house—the animal took over a building earlier occupied by the russian military. The goat spent three weeks in the house.
In March, 14-year-old Serhii from the village of Yahidne in Chernihiv Oblast was seriously wounded during the occupation of the village. Without parental permission, the russians brought the boy to a hospital in Belarus. The mother did not know where her son was for several weeks. Later, the family saw a Facebook post where Serhii had been looking for his parents. However, a new problem emerged—the boy could have been declared an orphan and placed in an orphanage in Belarus. In this case, he would not have been able to leave the neighboring country until reaching the age of majority. The Ukrainian officials and concerned ordinary people joined their efforts to bring Serhii back home.
Kostiantyn, a staff sergeant of the National Guard of Ukraine, defended his home city of Chernihiv from the first day of the war. On the third day of the foe’s all-out offensive, Kostiantyn, together with his friends, took captive two russian military servicemen from the crew of a wrecked tank; one of them turned out to be a tank battalion executive officer. Later, he protected his subordinates at the cost of his health. A projectile exploded nearby while the soldier moved from one trench to another. Medics literally assembled his leg bone part by part. The hero from Chernihiv has already been serving for 20 years. Now he needs several months to rehabilitate and recuperate.
More than 1,000 people wounded in active fighting areas are treated in Lviv’s medical institutions. Trains with wounded people arrive in Lviv almost every day. They bring in people with mine-blast injuries who have no arms or legs; they often do not have relatives. City authorities send the wounded people for medical treatment abroad in cooperation with foreign clinics. Also, the city council launches a large-scale Nezlamni (The Unbroken) project aiming to build a National Rehabilitation Center. This work has been going on for over a month now. The goal is to build a center that will be the first of its kind in the world. It will provide prosthetics, rehabilitation, socialization, and psychological support thousands of Ukrainians need now.
A businessman from Chernivtsi Oblast makes all-terrain buggies. He developed them himself. The vehicle is not armored but moves fast and can access terrain forbidding for regular cars. The buggies are usually used to deliver weapons or evacuate the wounded personnel from the battlefield. The buggy is relatively cheap and costs USD 5,000.
Large volunteering charities took an interest in this vehicle, and Serhii Prytula’s Fund is already procuring the buggies for the Ukrainian army.
Psiuk’s hat became a fashion trend immediately and is offered for sale for EUR 5 or UAH 200. For each EUR 5 donation, a lottery participant will get a mark. The more donations, the more marks, and the better odds to win.
The Eurovision trophy will go to the most generous participant. Payment can be made even in cryptocurrencies. The auction will last till 7.00 PM on May 28.
Daria and Stanislav’s family lived near Donetsk airport before 2014. When russia invaded Donbas, they moved to Mariupol; however, they lost almost everything there this year—their apartment near Azovstal Steel Works was burned down. Their business—an eatery with thousands of loyal customers—could not work either. Nevertheless, the family decided to hold on. They opened a cafe in Lviv together with their friends who also came from Mariupol. Currently, they are open for delivery and takeaway of Japanese food.
Due to the war, Kyiv Horse Race Track lost all opportunities to earn money and, accordingly, to manage and train horses. As a result, many horses with good chances of becoming champions do not have them anymore. For this reason, employees of the Horse Race Track decided to ask everyone to help. Everyone can sponsor a young horse. Also, everyone can help the Horse Race Track with money to be spent on managing, purchasing, transporting, caring for, and training young pedigree horses.
By way of background information: Kyiv Horse Race Track is the core of the entire horse husbandry sector, employing hundreds of people in breeding institutes and state-owned and private pedigree horse breeding farms. It also employs veterinarians, blacksmiths, coaches, and jockeys.
On May 27, 2022, an auction will take place to sell Ivan Marchuk’s Temptation Garden painting painted in the USA 26 years ago. Goldens auction house will offer this painting from a small series of still life paintings together with 19 more works of art at the Art Can Help charity auction. Painting collectors will transfer half of the proceeds to the Come Back Alive foundation to support Ukraine’s Armed Forces.
By way of background information: Ivan Marchuk is one of the most prominent painters in modern Ukraine. In 2007, he made it to The Daily Telegraph’s Top 100 living geniuses list. In June 2021, Ivan Marchuk’s Golden Night was sold for USD 96,800, the highest price paid for the painter’s works.
Sales of paintings by Ukrainian artists have already helped to raise funds to meet the needs of Ukraine’s Armed Forces. On May 5, 2022, Maria Prymachenko’s Flowers Grew Near Unit Four was sold for USD 500,000, setting a record price paid for works by Ukrainian artists. According to Serhii Prytula, the auction organizer, TV host, and volunteer, the money was used to buy 125 minibuses for the Ukrainian army.
Symbols of Ukraine’s victory at the Eurovision Song Contest will now help Ukraine win the war against russian invaders. Kalush Orchestra, together with Serhii Prytula’s Charity Fund, will raffle off the frontman’s pink hat. They will also raffle off the Eurovision crystal microphone-shaped trophy to raise funds for the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Serhii Prytula will bring the one and only pink hat and tell the story of the idea, why the guys agreed to give their Eurovision trophy to help Ukraine’s Armed Forces, and how to join the raffle.
Start of the event: May 27, 10:00 AM
People who lost their homes due to the russian invasion can find temporary shelter in a modular camp in Bucha, Kyiv Oblast. The houses are being installed now and will provide shelter for 350 people soon. Every unit has a kitchen and a canteen, toilets and shower rooms. In rooms, there are beds for 4 people and the necessary furniture. Poland provided these housing units under the #PolandFirstToHelp program.
By way of background information: On April 2, Kyiv Oblast was liberated from russian forces. Numerous killings of civilians were recorded in the liberated towns and villages. It is especially valid for Bucha, where at least 400 people were killed. According to Bucha’s mayor Anatolii Fedoruk, 22 apartment blocks in the city were damaged, two of them beyond repair. Also, 243 private homes suffered so much damage that they had to be demolished.
Over 80 rescue workers, who worked under occupation in Chornobyl, have recently returned to work. These people did not leave their stations after russians had occupied the territory. Instead, the rescue workers controlled the area to ensure that nothing bad happened at the ChNPP site and responded to fires. All the time, these men worked while held at gunpoint by russians.
Leading plastic surgeons offer free surgeries to people who got scarred due to the war in Ukraine. The surgeons call their campaign #NoScar
People injured because of fighting and requiring reconstructive surgery are invited to contact plastic surgeons participating in the campaign. They only have to send their photograph and a description of their injury.
By way of background information: According to the UN data, 4,654 Ukrainian civilians were injured because of russia’s all-out invasion as of May 24.
About 40 people still live in a bomb shelter on the outskirts of Chernihiv. These people’s homes were destroyed completely or partly. Some of them fear that bombs can start falling again.
Residents of the bomb shelter said they visit their ruined homes during the day to clean up, but return to the basement every night.
By way of background information: According to Chernihiv authorities, 1,500 private homes and 10,000 apartments were destroyed completely, and 37,000 more were damaged in the course of active fighting in the city.
Families of defenders of Mariupol announced the establishment of the NGO “Ladies of Steel.” The Council of Wives and Mothers of the soldiers will control the process of the repatriation of POWs. For instance, they will launch a Telegram channel for communications that will help exchange the Ukrainian soldiers. Furthermore, they plan to become a mediator between the Ukrainian authorities and the defenders’ families.
Viktoria (the name was changed at her request) used to work as a reporter for a Ukrainian news portal in Kherson.
Despite the war, Viktoria decided to stay in her home city to keep doing her job. Almost all Ukrainian media stopped working in Kherson once the occupation started. So the journalist decided she would stay home to inform Ukraine and the whole world about crimes perpetrated by russians. Initially, she worked openly; however, the situation in the city became tenser, and invaders started kidnapping residents who disagreed with them. Currently, the reporter is working in the underground.
Polina and Kostia, who relocated from Kherson, opened a cafe in Ivano-Frankivsk. They used the money the couple had been going to spend on their honeymoon trip. For more than a month, the couple has been developing their business in the new city, making coffee for residents and guests of Ivano-Frankivsk. Their cafe in Kherson stopped working on February 24 with the start of the all-out war.
At the start of the war, Domazhyr, a bear sanctuary near Lviv, took in seven new residents from Bila Skelia, a bear shelter in Kyiv Oblast. According to Domazhyr employees, the journey was very hard because some roads were unsafe. Trucks with bears had to make a long detour because of fighting on the most direct road.
Four bears from Kyiv Oblast have already been moved to Germany. Four bears still live in Domazhyr. They will be transported back home to Kyiv Oblast soon.
By way of background information: Domazhyr Bear Sanctuary helps bears by rescuing them from hunting training centers, traveling zoos and circuses, hotels, and restaurants. The living conditions in the sanctuary are close to the natural conditions.
Please visit the sanctuary’s website at: www.bearsanctuary-domazhyr.org/ua
Eyewitness stories, photos, and video footage—DATTALION (Ukrainian Data Battalion) project collects information from hotspots during russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The initiative has already obtained over 3,000 videos and more than 8,000 photographs. Usually, these materials are sourced from people on the frontline, which is out of reach for journalists. The founders believe that the world must see the truth of what invaders are doing in Ukraine. The database of photo and video footage is open. The project has already been supported by international volunteers.
Ukravtodor has offered its legendary traffic sign created on the third day of the war, “Go f*ck yourself, go f*ck yourself again, go f*ck yourself in russia” for an online auction at Prozorro.Sales. The road sign comes from Sumy Oblast. The online charity auction will take place on June 2. The starting price for the lot is UAH 50,000 or USD 1,500. The new owner can set it up within their household or elsewhere (apart from public roads). All proceeds will be transferred to the special account of the National Bank of Ukraine for Ukraine’s Armed Forces.
By way of background information: Once russian forces started their massive assault on February 24, 2022, it became evident that they had used obsolete means of navigation. Thus, Ukravtodor instructed its units to remove or paint over the traffic signs with settlement names. Ukrainians heeded the call. A universal road sign for invaders was developed instead.
Artists in Lviv paint fragments of russian missiles downed by air defense units. One of such fragments will be offered at an online lottery.
The lottery started on May 30; it will end with a live drawing on June 1, 8:30 PM. An online lottery ticket costs UAH 100. All proceeds from the lottery will be transferred to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
“A tour of Lviv that will never take place” performance art event will take place in Lviv on June 1 on International Children’s Day.
Empty school buses will be exhibited in Rynok Square to represent 243 Ukrainian children killed by the invaders who could have come to Lviv on a tour if not for…
Rynok Square (northern side)
The performance event will end at 4:00 PM
Roman Nabozhniak, a Ukrainian soldier, veteran, and entrepreneur, organized a charity auction to raise USD 50,000 and buy a Punisher assault UAV for the Ukrainian Army. He offered his own Veterano Brownie café for the auction and decided to sell it in parts.
At the online auction, everyone could buy a cup, a plate, or another “part” of their favorite establishment. USD 50,000 were raised within 26 hours.
Veterano Brownie, a cafe well-known in Kyiv, closed immediately after the start of russia’s full-scale invasion. Roman Nabozhniak took up weapons to defend Ukraine.
Objects from battlefields will be offered at a charity auction hosted by Lviv Municipal Arts Center on June 2 at 7:00 PM. These objects include, for instance, an RPG tube, Grad fragments, a helmet, and shell cases. Visitors will be told stories of each of these unique objects. The funds will be raised for the UAID charity foundation to procure items needed at the frontline. Paintings by Ukrainian artists will also be sold at the auction to help the Army.
Please follow the link to view all lots: https://www.instagram.com/accounts/login/?next=/uaid.auction/
Yevhenii Kompanets from Cherkasy makes varenyky for soldiers at the frontline together with his family. He claims to be using a special family heritage recipe—the dumplings are tastier, and the dough remains fresh longer. The family makes up to 2,000 varenyky dumplings per week, sending them to the frontline in freezer bags.
In Kharkiv, police officers sheltered a cat rescued from North Saltivka, the most affected area of the city. Locals asked them to find shelter for the pet; owners left the cat behind while leaving the city to go abroad. The cat lived on a staircase of the apartment block until the neighbors gave it to the police. Osia is now living at the police station, waiting for its owners to return home.
Oleksandr from Chernihiv has been working as a welder for 22 years. When russians started shelling the city, he decided to stay and help locals instead of leaving the city. The shelling left many people in the city without gas supply, so Oleksandr had to mend damaged pipes, with shells exploding a dozen meters away. He worked for 50 days without taking a day off in this hazardous environment.
Andrii Sahaidak is an experienced forester and founder of the Polissia Forest Crafts Museum. Before the all-out war, he organized tours of Mizhrichynskyi Regional Landscape Park in Chernihiv Oblast. Now, he resumes the tours of the park’s nature trail to raise money for Ukraine’s Armed Forces and help volunteers recuperate to be able to keep working for victory.
Maryna is said to be the first female mine clearance specialist serving in the National Guard. She has substantial military experience; she has recently mastered the mine clearance specialty and joined an engineering unit of Ukraine’s National Guard. She studied her new metier in Kosovo. Today, she is gaining new experience, deactivating hazardous ammunition in Kyiv Oblast.
Oleh Skavysh, also known as Tiahnyzub (Mr. Tug-Tooth) in Ukraine, has been treating internally displaced children in Ukraine’s west since the start of the russian invasion. Oleh works as a pediatrician for Western Ukrainian Specialized Medical Center for Children and, together with his mobile crew, makes house calls to shelters for people who had to flee their homes due to the war. He claims his little patients are not afraid of a huge tattooed strongman.
By way of background information: Oleh “Tiahnyzub” Skavysh is known for lifting and tugging various heavy objects with his teeth. In 2018, his achievements made it to the Guinness World Records. He pulled a 614-tonne cargo vessel for over 16 meters.
Ukrposhta, the national post operator, started supporting Ukrainian artisans before the all-out war. An “exporter’s school” was set up for them; they were trained in developing their business, selling their unique goods on Etsy and eBay. Today, they started a Made in UA Support Project, an initiative aiming to support financially Ukrainian entrepreneurs during the war. The support will be provided to manufacturers of clothing and footwear, furniture, toys, decorations, and cosmetics. Some artisans still work in the cities shelled by the enemy—for instance, in Kharkiv and Odesa.
Sleeping cars were placed on a railway track in Irpin to accommodate locals who lost their homes because of the war. The railcars are equipped for prolonged accommodation with shower cabins, individual beds, and a restaurant car.
Gazeboes and toilets were placed near railcars, and a fence was installed to prevent people from walking on the tracks. According to Irpin’s mayor, these railcars can be used as temporary accommodation for 150 to 200 people.
The State Military Veterinary Hospital opened its doors in Khmelnytskyi Oblast after russia’s all-out invasion of Ukraine. It treats service dogs and dogs owned by IDPs affected by missile and artillery attacks. Specialists of the hospital have already helped hundreds of animals after the onset of the war. The military veterinarians work not only in their region but also go on missions to cities and villages of Kyiv Oblast liberated from russian invaders.
Sociotherapy Kyiv City Crisis Center will begin operating in Kyiv on June 8. It will offer special anti-stress therapy pro bono to the Ukrainians affected by crisis events during the war. The Center’s doors are open to everyone. Its personnel will help with symptoms of an acute stress reaction, anxiety, or depressive disorder. They will organize group meetings and face-to-face sessions with psychologists and teach special self-help techniques in the case of stress. The Center offers a 4-week crisis therapy program.
100 educational institutions in Lviv remain a temporary shelter for forcibly displaced Ukrainians. On a daily basis, many educators combine teaching with volunteering work by helping those who have been forced to leave their homes because of the war.
In particular, “Lvivsky” lyceum alone has housed more than 500 migrants since the beginning of the war.
Ternopil manufacturer provides light electric bikes for mobile groups of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. With the start of a full-scale war, the company donated several bikes to the army. The military appreciated the advantages of such transport, so the designers re-equipped a civilian model specifically for the army: they painted it khaki, removed mirrors and lighting. The details were purchased at the expense of volunteers.
Electric bicycles accelerate up to 90 km per hour. If necessary, they can be used as a large power bank on wheels. In the field, the military can connect Starlink satellite Internet equipment to the bike battery.
The National Rehabilitation Center will help 50,000 Ukrainians every year. First, the Center will focus on the people who suffered physically and mentally as a result of russia’s military aggression against Ukraine. Rehabilitation services will also be available to patients who need it due to other injuries and illnesses.
The Center will also focus on surgery, including reconstructive surgery, as well as orthopedics and robotic prosthetics. Not only will the Center install prosthetics for Ukrainians affected by the war, but also produce them there. 3D printing of bone implants is also in the planning.
The project of the National Rehabilitation Center will be presented by Ukraine’s Minister of Health Viktor Liashko. This presentation will take place as a part of “NEZLAMNI” (the unbreakable) donor forum, which will take place on June 10 in Lviv. The forum’s venue will be disclosed after passing the mandatory accreditation.
Accreditation is available until 4 PM on June 9, 2022 via the link: https://forms.gle/SowfrvEw7Mo7uaxL7
Instead of the usual Roma songs, the musicians are performing Ukrainian folk or resistance songs. Recordings with their performances have already become popular on social networks.
Taras from Rivne, who was among the first to reinstate the occupation of a chimney sweeper, started building a new oven for the 83-year-old lady from the village of Horenka in Kyiv Oblast. Vira Pylypivna became famous after baking Easter bread in the yard of her house destroyed by russians. russian projectiles destroyed her summer kitchen and damaged her oven; the oven, however, remained in place. Now, Taras is rebuilding the old lady’s oven to enable her to uphold Ukrainian traditions.
The Ukrainian Army is using “anti-drone guns” successfully to neutralize enemy recon quadrocopters used to adjust artillery fire with “anti-drone guns.” The gun is manufactured by a Ukrainian company. The device uses radio interference to down the drones. Antennae aim the signal in the required direction, covering frequencies used by 99% of commercial and tactical drones. Once in the gun coverage area, the drone loses connection to the satellite or control panel. The image disappears as well because the drone can no longer film photos and video footage.
In some respects, this product is better than similar Western C-UAV equipment procured by Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense in 2021.
Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister, was initiated into Cossacks in Chernihiv. For his hairstyle, the British politician was given a genuine Cossack name – Boris Chupryna. The decision to initiate Johnson into Cossacks was made by the Cossack community of Saint Catherine Church. The appropriate diploma will be sent to London. On the occasion of this event, Kyiv artists Darya Dobriakova and Yurii Kutylov painted Boris as Cossack Mamay.
Joseph Woodke, a veteran of the U. S. Armed Forces and Paralympian, lost both legs after being wounded at war in Afghanistan. He came to Ukraine to show Ukrainian veterans with his example that life does not come to a grinding halt after the amputation.
Also, Jeremy Locke, a former U. S. Army Special Forces soldier and co-founder of Aerial Recovery Group, came to visit Ukraine. Aerial Recovery Group has been helping Ukraine for several months. Both veterans will stay in Ukraine for several days and have a number of meetings.
A campaign to gather embroidered items to support Ukraine’s Armed Forces is going on in Lviv. People bring both modern and old embroidered shirts and dresses. There are even designer items. These items will be sold at a charity auction in New York, and the proceeds will be used to help Ukrainian soldiers.
The company’s vineyards and production facilities are located in Mykolaiv Oblast on the boundary of the temporarily occupied territory. It is the second Ukrainian winery to win a Gold medal. At the same time, russian wineries were banned from participating in the contest.
In Denmark, the Bikes4Ukraine campaign is raising 2,000 bikes and UAH 8,500,000 to buy and deliver them to Lviv. Mikael Colville-Andersen, a Danish urban designer and TV host, became a project ambassador. The first bikes will be delivered to Lviv the next month. In the meantime, Rover.rent, a charity bike-sharing scheme for IDPs, is being set up in the city.
Lyana Mytsko, Director of Lviv’s Municipal Arts Center, suggested that the City Council’s Office for Transportation establish a bike-sharing scheme for IDPs. IDPs registered in the city will be able to take a bike at one of 10 stations to use it free of charge. The main condition is that the bike must be returned by the start of the curfew.
Terrorists of the self-proclaimed DPR sentenced to death a Moroccan citizen Brahim Saadoun who defended Ukraine against invaders. Brahim is 21 years old; he is a former student of Ihor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. He has been residing in Ukraine since 2019 and signed a contract for military service in 2021. He defended Azovstal Steel Works and was taken captive by russians. Nika, Brahim’s girlfriend, is fighting in Ukraine for his release from captivity.
By way of background information:
UK citizens Aiden Aslin, Shaun Pinner, and Moroccan citizen Brahim Saadoun were sentenced to death in occupied Donetsk. All of them moved to Ukraine and signed contracts with Ukraine’s Armed Forces before the onset of russia’s all-out invasion; thus, they are combatants protected by the Geneva Conventions.
Victoria managed to rescue 27 dogs and 15 cats during the shelling of Chernihiv. She picked up some animals in the streets and had to extricate others from locked flats. She brought dogs and cats to a steel and metal store she owns. She had to sit out shelling together with the animals in a bomb shelter on the premises. Now, owners are coming back to pick up their pets she rescued.
Surgeons of Lviv’s St. Nicholas Children’s Hospital rescued 13-year-old Sviatoslav from Lysychansk. A 4-cm long shell fragment passed through his neck and chest to get stuck in the boy’s lungs. According to surgeons, this wound is mortal. They considered it a miracle that Sviatoslav had not died on the spot. The surgery was very complicated – because an entire lung was affected – but successful.
According to Sviatoslav’s mother, Olena Rychkova, the boy was wounded in May near his home in Lysychansk.
Their family had also been affected by the russian invasion earlier. Sviatoslav’s older brother, who had lived with his family in Boiarka in Kyiv Oblast, vanished in March when russians attacked the region. The family has not heard from or about him so far.
Hands for a Mom, a final exhibition auction organized by a charity project of Ukrainian artists abroad, will take place in Lviv on June 16.
Generally, this project presents exhibitions by Ukrainian artists in various countries of Europe. Exhibitions were already opened in Berlin and Vienna, as well as in other cities. The proceeds from sales of the works of art will be spent on providing prosthetics to women who lost their limbs due to shelling.
On June 17, the organizer of the charity art project, representatives of the business community, and the government will talk in more detail about the initiative and achievements at a briefing at Media Center Ukraine.
Before the all-out war, Every Animal, an NGO, engaged in education projects to raise the Ukrainians’ awareness of veganism. Hundreds of activities, performances, and lectures were organized to rescue animals from suffering. Once the all-out war had broken out in Ukraine, the activists started cooking for both civilian and military vegans. Its charity kitchens staffed by volunteers work in seven cities, with the NGO taking care of about 200 vegans from Ukraine’s Armed Forces and about 100 IDPs.
After the outbreak of the all-out war, the East Ukrainian Technology Cluster left Kramatorsk, a city located near the frontline. Four companies evacuated their personnel and equipment to Lviv. Areal, one of the companies in the cluster, ambitiously aims to replace russian 1S accounting software and create an accounting ecosystem based on a Ukrainian software product. Svitlana Panova, a co-founder and director of the company, had to flee the war for the second time. Earlier, she had to leave her native Yalta in Crimea, currently occupied by russia.
Engineers of GlobalLogic, an IT company, developed modern blood collection equipment. The device analyzes the donor’s condition, determines the appropriate amount of blood and the blood collection rate, and prevents it from clotting in the container. This equipment is extremely important during the war in Ukraine because it saves time for medics, allowing them to handle more donors. Over 70% of the USA and European medical market use the blood collection equipment developed by Ukrainian engineers.
“We will offer ten paintings by modern Ukrainian painters at this auction. The list of authors is quite prominent,” Serhiy Prytula said.
According to the acclaimed volunteer and TV host, Serhiy Prytula’s Foundation cooperates closely with colleagues from the Army SOS Foundation, also known as developers of Valkyrie drones. Plans call for procuring 50 UAVs and training 50 drone operators.
Demir, a Turkish national currently living in Lviv, accommodated IDPs in his home after the russian invasion had started. A family from Dnipro lives now in Demir’s apartment.
Demir also bought two cars for Ukraine’s Armed Forces and the humanitarian aid delivery; he regularly donates blood for the military personnel.
He explains his supporting Ukraine willingly because he got help three years ago when he came to the country, so now it is his turn to help.
Starting from June 15, Irpin residents who lost their homes due to the all-out russian invasion will be sheltered in UZ railcars. These railcars can accommodate up to 100 families. Residents will also have access to gazeboes and footpaths, a steam bath railcar, and Wi-Fi. The food will be delivered three times a day.
Olha Honchar, Director of the Territory of Terror museum of totalitarian regimes in Lviv, is convinced that it is important to rescue not only museum exhibits during the war but also the museum staff. These people dedicated themselves to preserving culture and history. This is why she established a Museum Crisis Center. She and other museum workers and art historians in Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Uzhhorod, Kyiv, Vinnytsia, Chernihiv Oblast, and abroad help their colleagues with medicines and humanitarian aid. They also contribute to disseminating their work by reporting information about them to UNESCO, international partners, and donors.
Entrepreneurs are not afraid of resuming their work despite constant shelling. Twenty percent of market stalls reopened in Barabashovo Market. The legendary cook Amiran Tkemaladze, who has been cooking Georgian food in Barabashovo for 20 years, is also working. He took a two-week break after the start of the all-out war when a fire caused by the bombardment engulfed the market. But later, he came back to work.
By way of background information: A fire in Barabashovo Market caused by a bombardment with Grad MRLS was reported on March 17. The fire covered more than 7 hectares, and the whole city was engulfed by thick smoke. Attempts to get the fire under control took several days, and the market burned to ashes.
A Ukrainian cyclist plans to make 1,500 km riding his bicycle in the area near the frontline to raise UAH 1 million for Ukraine’s Armed Forces. After any amount is transferred to the account, the guy will ride one kilometer per UAH 700 raised. He will transfer the raised funds to two charitable foundations. Overall, the bicycle marathon is expected to take 7 to 9 days.
The famous Georgian singer Nino Katamadze will visit Media Center Ukraine on June 17. The celebrity will take part in a charity concert in Lviv National Philharmonic Society together with the INSO-Lviv symphony orchestra and Nikoloz Rachveli, a Georgian composer and conductor, that will take place on the same day. All proceeds from ticket sales will be channeled to support Ukraine’s Armed Forces.
Earlier, the singer visited patients of a hospital in Lviv who had been wounded in the course of the russo-Ukrainian war. Also, Katamadze paid a visit to Bucha and Irpin. The celebrity singer gave a concert in a metro station in Kyiv.
In May 2022, actors and directors of Mariupol Drama Theater found refuge in Zakarpattia Music and Drama Theater. They are currently working on the first full-fledged production in the evacuation, a play about the life of Ukrainian writer Vasyl Stus.
Employees of the Mariupol Theater were provided with housing in a dormitory in Uzhhorod.
By way of background information: on March 16, 2022, the russians launched an air strike on the building of Mariupol Drama Theater, which civilians were using as a bomb shelter. Several hundred Mariupol residents were killed in the air strike. After capturing the city, the russian invaders cleared the rubble of the theater, and the dead were buried in a mass grave marked with numbers instead of names.
On June 18-19, “Courage to Rebuild Ukraine” volunteer initiative will help the residents of Irpin and Bucha affected by the russian invasion to clear the debris and make major repairs. All volunteers who take part in the communal work will be provided with tools, gloves and food.
By way of background information: according to Mayor of Irpin Oleksandr Markushin, more than 1,000 buildings were damaged and 115 were completely destroyed in the city due to the russian invasion.
Temporary housing for pregnant women, who had to flee the war, is under construction in Lviv. Two houses with a total area of 1,300 m2 are to be built. Each will have bedrooms, laundry rooms, showers, toilets, lounges, children’s areas, kitchens and dining rooms. Houses made of wooden structures are being assembled on site based on the US experience.
Local authorities are planning to build a small lake and a park near the buildings. The women are to be settled in July.
Before russia’s all-out invasion of Ukraine, Serhii Melnychenko was doing conceptual photography and owned a photography school in his native Mykolaiv. Today, Serhii is an IDP living in Ivano-Frankivsk. In late April, Serhii offered his photographs for sale as NFTs. He donated all the proceeds to help Ukraine and the Ukrainians. By now, the artist’s donations exceed UAH 530,000.
Before the war, Vyacheslav Khabarov was a virtuoso guitar player who played with rock legends, such as John Lawton (Uriah Heep), Graham Bonnet (Rainbow), Dan McCafferty (Nazareth), and Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest). After russia’s invasion, Slava Khabarov joined the army, where he got the callsign “Maestro.” Unfortunately, the musician was wounded; a serious injury to his left hand can put an end to the career of a top-grade musician. However, Slava remains calm, keeps rehabilitating and rehearsing, and even restringed his guitar to play with his healthy hand.
In Kyiv Oblast, walking tours are organized in the towns that became victims of the russian invasion. Tour participants can visit interesting locations in Irpin, Bucha, and Borodianka and see the consequences of destruction with their own eyes. A walking tour costs UAH 150 per person.
In Kharkiv, volunteers help people renovate their apartments damaged by shelling. The volunteer helpers include both professional construction workers and dancers or even stylists. They clear the debris, mend windows, and generally put things in order. Everyone can ask them for help.
A briefing by representatives of the Tribunal for putin initiative will take place at Media Center Ukraine at 11:00 AM on June 22. The initiative was established during the russo-Ukrainian war. The initiators document the events that bear signs of crimes according to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide) in all regions affected by the invasion. The initiative is active at an international level aiming to use the existing mechanisms of the UN, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, the EU, and the International Criminal Court to stop crimes and punish the guilty.
Dmytro Komarov, the host of Svit Navyvorit (The World Inside Out) is offering his own Chrysler Crossfire for sale. He plans to use the proceeds to help Ukraine and its defenders. The car is auctioned off on Dmytro’s Facebook page. Everyone is invited to bid for the car in comments under the Facebook post before June 27; the car will be sold to the highest bidder.
By way of background information: Dmytro Komarov is a Ukrainian journalist, traveler, photographer, writer, and TV host – the anchor of the Svit Navyvorit (The World Inside Out) show. Earlier, Dmytro established a #CupOfCoffee charity initiative to help gravely ill children. His initiative raised over UAH 38 million and helped save the lives of 32 children.
Volunteers of the Repair Together Project help people renovate their homes damaged and destroyed due to the war. They also organize toloka – collective community work events – in villages to help clean up the debris from the destruction in the yards. Also, the initiative provides targeted aid to people in need, for instance, by providing people with the necessary household appliances. Currently, the volunteers work in Chernihiv Oblast.
Kristina has lived under occupation in Melitopol in Zaporizhia Oblast for over two months. Together with her mom, the girl took part in protests and saw with her own eyes that russian military personnel threatened, beat up, and kidnapped people. It took her one day and a half to get to Zaporizhia from the occupied city of Melitopol.
The training center of the LEV territorial defense battalion hosts free training for civilian residents of Lviv. Everyone can learn how to handle firearms and undergo weapon training. There are both men and women among the first trainees. They include Iryna Sabat, who spent 15 years of her life in France and decided to return home after the russian invasion had started. Her brother was mobilized, and she registered for the training course.
The Serhiy Prytula Foundation has announced a fundraising campaign for UAH 500 million for 3 Bayraktar drones for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The project is called “People’s Bayraktar”. In the first day along the initiative managed to collect over UAH 300 million. According to Prytula, most donations are small: from UAH 2 to 200.
Monobank, together with the UNITED24 initiative of the president of Ukraine, is raising USD 2 million to buy two Warmate combat drones and 40 kamikaze drones.
Warmate is a very smart and well-equipped system with kamikaze drones that are able to hit targets deep in the enemy’s rear.
There will be a drawing for the chance to write personal messages to the russians. 40 people among those, who donated money for the drones, will have their messages written on kamikaze drones! Moreover, the UNITED24 team will not only write on the drones, but also send a person a photo of their message being delivered to the enemy.
On June 24, Ukrainians can join the world-famous “Take Your Dog to Work Day” campaign and bring their pets to office, thus demonstrating a friendly attitude even during the war. In recent years, about 500 companies across the country have joined the initiative.
In Lviv, after 11 AM, members of the press will be able to chat (online or offline) with those participating in the campaign at a dog-friendly office.
A team of activists established the Lviv Self-Defense Warrior school almost immediately after the start of russia’s full-scale invasion. Initially, only men were admitted for training. Later, it was realized that women needed to be able to handle firearms. Today, the school founders aim to train Ukrainians to be ready to defend their homes at any time.
Artem Bakanov, an entrepreneur who had to leave his home in Kyiv when a russian airplane fell on the ground nearby, is one of the school’s founders.
SaveUkraineNow, the Carpathian Region Coordination Center of Assistance to the Armed Forces, announced a charity auction to support defenders of Ukraine. A T-shirt signed by the famous footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is offered for sale. This lot is owned by a 14-year-old school student from Ivano-Frankivsk who decided to raise funds for the military personnel of the Territorial Defense Force and the Armed Forces of Ukraine from the Carpathian region fighting now at the frontline.
The auction finals will take place on June 26.
Today, the highest bid for the celebrity footballer-signed T-shirt comes to UAH 60,000.
Bucha is a city in Kyiv Oblast that has been greatly affected by the russian occupation. Almost 2,000 residential properties, including almost 1,500 single-family houses, were damaged or destroyed. On June 24, Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister of Poland, and Oleksiy Chernyshov, Ukraine’s Minister of Communities and Territories Development, opened a modular camp for 352 residents in the hero city of Bucha. It accommodates residents of Bucha and neighboring cities. There are plans for building three camps like this one to accommodate 704 residents.
Iryna Dubchenko rescued a wounded Ukrainian serviceman in the village of Rozivka, Zaporizhia oblast, where the active combat started at the beginning of March. Then Ukrainian forces were forced to retreat. Iryna found out that one of the wounded, Serhiy from the Aidar Battalion, had been left in a village house without heating and food.
Iryna took care of the military man and planned to take him to Zaporizhia, pretending to be a couple. However, they did not have time to implement the plan: the soldiers in uniforms with the inscriptions of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic came to Irina. That’s how the journalist and the soldier were taken prisoner. The woman was released in early April. Now Iryna lives in Zaporizhia and is waiting for the deoccupation of her home village.
First respondents from Lviv region demined settlements of Kyiv region liberated from the occupiers. Experts say they looked for explosives in enemy trenches, forests and detached houses with the permission of the owners. Among other things, they found missiles and mines that hadn’t exploded. For example, more than ten thousand munitions were neutralized in one small area.
Every day, Ukroboronprom state-owned military enterprise receives inquiries from scientists and startups that offer their developments and inventions to strengthen the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Ukroboronprom and the Ukrainian Startup Fund, together with the government, will provide grants of up to USD 35,000 for dual-use projects. They say they should either help increase the country’s defense capabilities or its rapid post-war reconstruction. In particular, they are ready to finance cybersecurity.
Charity volunteers from 4.5.0 Kharkiv Residents Together have been helping locals since the first days of russia’s all-out invasion of Ukraine. Every day, they cook and deliver more than 10,000 servings of food. They deliver food by bus to all districts of Kharkiv. Food is given to people who lost their work because of the war and those who live in bomb shelters and basements.
UAnimals, an animal welfare organization rescuing animals during the war, has offered Leonardo DiCaprio’s authentic autograph for a draw among those who donated UAH 300. Thus, benefactors can help animals and try their luck in a draw.
By way of background information: The authentic autograph for the draw was handed over to UAnimals by Alex Krylov, an American collector of certified autographs of world-renowned celebrities.
Scientists from the Institute of Physics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine have created “Hydrobynt” (hydro-bandage) medicine, which helps heal burns from phosphorus shells. The drug is based on silver nanoparticles that stimulate healing of wounds, burns and ulcers. “Hydrobynt” was developed by scientists in two forms: as a bandage and as a spray for disinfection.
Scientists have already sent a batch of the drug to field hospitals and received positive feedback from doctors. According to doctors, the pain in patients decreases immediately after the application of “Hydrobynt”, and the wounds get cleaned.
Now scientists offer to provide their technology to manufacturers so it could be mass produced.
The presenter of the morning radio show helps retirees in Kyiv region, in particular, in the settlements affected by the russian occupation. To do this, the woman founded “Yulia’s Grannies” Charitable Foundation. One of the main Foundation’s activities is care for the elderly and lonely people. Recently the Foundation’s team visited Hornostaipil geriatrics center for the elderly and people with disabilities. The foundation delivered food there. Yulia is sure that for lonely old elderly there are no cooler grandchildren than Ukrainians who want to help.
Students of the “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute” have started collecting electronic cigarettes, spare parts of which might come in need for the production of drones. After all, the battery of an e-cigarette can become a part of the discharge system in drones for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The first batch of the collected parts has already been sent to the engineer.
Used cigarettes are collected on campus. In addition, an agreement has been reached with ROZETKA chain of stores: they will also collect e-cigarettes.
Roberto Brambilla, a surgeon from Italy, will visit Ukraine again soon. Before that, he helped Lviv medics rescue wounded children and adults for two months. He taught them to cover soft tissue defects with artificial skin. This technology allows regrowing damaged skin centimeter by centimeter without scars. A teenager who had been under missile attack on Kramatorsk railway station was among patients treated under this procedure.
Volunteers from Buduiemo Ukrayinu Razom (Build Ukraine Together) have been restoring buildings destroyed by the war in Ukraine’s east since 2014. Now, they help rescuers in Kyiv Oblast restore their damaged building. In Ukraine’s west, they renovate dormitory houses and private homes for IDPs.
In Mykolaiv, the State Emergency Service personnel rescued a Labrador from a block of apartments ruined by russians. The rescuers shot a video of the complicated rescue process. The pet owner asked them for help. The SES personnel used special equipment – a crane with a cradle – to rescue the dog from the destroyed building. This is not the only case of rescuers’ responding to calls to rescue pets in active combat areas. Pets were also rescued in Bucha, Borodianka, and Irpin.
A fundraising platform United24, together with the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces and the Ministry of Digital Transformation, announced its Drone Army project. The first goal is to buy 200 recon UAVs for Ukraine’s Armed Forces and gather thousands of the simplest regular drones. Everyone can transfer funds and buy or donate a drone.
Drones can be sent to the warehouse of the project’s partners – Help Ukraine Center in Poland or a hub in the USA. Then, it will be delivered to Ukraine from the warehouse. Ukrainians can send a drone via any Nova Poshta office.
KNESS, a Ukrainian group of companies from Vinnytsia, developed a standalone mobile solar power plant on wheels. The power unit is already in use by Ukraine’s Armed Forces. The design is really simple, so one only needs to turn a switch on. It is also very compact, with solar panels folding and unfolding conveniently. A solar power plant can power up a mobile phone, an electric kettle, a fridge, and military devices, such as a radio station.
Borscht is now inscribed in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List. So now, the Ukrainian borscht is officially protected by UNESCO. Yevhen Klopotenko, a chef who worked on popularizing Ukrainian cuisine worldwide, played a big role in achieving this. For instance, he authored a book, Borscht and With Borscht, containing many different recipes for this traditional Ukrainian food.
By way of background information: russia attempted to present borscht as its own national food. For this reason, Ukraine officially applied for inscribing borscht on the UNESCO heritage list in March 2021.
A family of IDPs from Donetsk Oblast opened a family bakery in Dnipro. They have had to leave their home twice because of russia’s aggression. In 2014, they left occupied Horlivka; this year, they had to leave Toretsk. Now, they bring bread and buns baked in their new bakery there. It is impossible to bake bread in Toretsk anymore because there is no water, no electricity, and no gas. However, there are still people in this city on the front line who wait for fresh bread.
The IDPs said they had planned to open one more bakery in March – in Sievierodonetsk in Luhansk Oblast. They even installed equipment there. However, they lost their property when the city was bombarded by artillery and then occupied by the russian forces.
A dog beaten and mined by occupiers was found near Makarov in Kyiv Oblast. The pet needs prolonged rehabilitation, according to Zoopatrol.UA NGO. They say the animal was found lying in a pit with waste. People wanted to pull the dog out but noticed that it was mined. Being unable to walk saved the dog its life. It is not known how much time it lay in the waste pit. The dog was demined by bomb technicians.
EcoCity, a team of inventors from Ivano-Frankivsk, has been monitoring air quality in Ukrainian cities and teaching children robotics for several years. Recently, they prototyped their first Hazard Detector – a device that monitors chemical threats and measures background radiation. The team founder Oleksii Trelevskyi explains that a device like this can save the lives and health of people who may face chemical and radiation hazards.
Come Back Alive, one of Ukraine’s largest charities, initiated a Sports Ambassadors project. The project is focused on injured and wounded veterans of the russo-Ukrainian war. Veterans who have already been rehabilitated and found themselves in sports visit military hospitals, sharing their experience of coming back to the active life with wounded fighters and offering them help along this path. The ambassadors offer adaptive sports that contribute to the rehabilitation of soldiers with all types of injuries, including even the loss of two extremities, such as biking, swimming, running, wheelchair racing, wheelchair basketball, and sitting volleyball.
In Kharkiv, employees of the Household Waste Removal Complex utility keep working despite the war. Their garbage trucks came under fire several times after the start of russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Some of them had to hide while working because a projectile fell nearby. Still, the utility employees remove several thousand containers of garbage every day.
REwind, a Ukrainian clothing brand, issued a limited collection of jackets made of SU-4 parachutes. These parachutes were used by russian paratroopers landing in Ukraine. REwind managers say that the collection has been developed to record the reality of what is going on in our country. Although the parachutes had come from Ukraine’s warehouses rather than from the battlefield, the Demilitarization collection was sold out even before it came to the market.
The above is an example of upcycling – the reuse of objects in a new function; each object of this kind is unique.
Veronika and Valeriy Petrychkovych are taking care of 47 cats and 25 dogs. They turned their house in the village of Horenka in Kyiv region into a real shelter for abandoned animals: the second floor is used to keep cats, and the yard was equipped for dogs. Together with volunteer veterinarians, the garage was turned into a field hospital where four-legged animals are sterilized, vaccinated and treated. At first, Veronika rescued animals only in Kyiv region. But when the russians were repelled from the region, many owners returned for their pets. So now the couple’s house is home to four-legged friends from other regions of Ukraine that suffered from the russian aggression.
Refugee volunteers from Donetsk region opened a meal center in Lviv, where they serve home-cooked meals. Lunches are free for internally displaced children with their parents. Other vulnerable groups can get a full three-course meal for UAH 50. Volunteers have also managed to set up their own production of macaroni in the meal center.
In Ukraine, “Letters of Love” project was launched to support people in the temporarily occupied territories. The goal of the project is to make sure that relatives who remained in the occupation remain in contact with their kin, or to support ordinary people. The plan is to collect about 10,000 letters during the rally. Letters can be written at the project website. The organizers promise to print out the letters and send them to the addressees.
Bikes4Ukraine, a Danish charitable project, delivered the first batch of 100 bikes for the Ukrainian IDPs from residents of Copenhagen. The Bikes4Ukraine initiative is led by the Danish urbanist Mikael Colville-Andersen. He aims to deliver 2000 bikes to Lviv and develop 20 kilometers of bike lanes linking the rental stations. This initiative will contribute to urban mobility so that IDPs can pick up a bike free of charge at rental stations.
Iryna Nykorak, a Kyiv City Council member, launches the military uniform production for women. She called her project Arm Women Now. The project’s goal is to supply military uniforms to every woman in the Ukrainian Army. According to the Councilor, the first uniform batch is being produced now. The next week it will be delivered to the Armed Forces of Ukraine to enable women fighters to test the uniform in combat. According to Nykorak, over 50,000 women serve in Ukraine’s Armed Forces, including 3,500 as field officers.
On July 8, the International Legion of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will host a media event in Kharkiv, offering journalists an opportunity to interview legionnaires from France, the USA, and the UK.
Interviews and topics must be signed off by the Legion’s Director of Communications on July 7 using Signal or Telegram messaging apps.
Details of the venue and time will be provided to each journalist separately.
Mykhailo Ivonin, an entrepreneur from Sievierodonetsk in Luhansk Oblast occupied by russians, designed a modular home for IDPs that can be erected without a crane. Also, it needs no finish inside and outside. In Luhansk Oblast, Mykhailo Ivonin owned a research and design institute. Due to hostilities, he had to leave his home for Kamianets-Podilskyi in Khmelnytskyi Oblast.
Now, Mykhailo Ivonin’s factory employs six IDPs from Sievierodonetsk. They produced the first modular home to accommodate their company’s office.
Wall-e mobile surveillance systems are one of the products manufactured by the Come Back Alive charity. These systems have already helped the Ukrainian military personnel to see the enemy from enclosed positions, acquire recon data, and properly adjust fire. They also rescued lives. No soldier has been killed or wounded by the enemy sniper fire at front line sections where 45 Wall-e systems were installed 1.5 years ago. However, most of the systems were destroyed due to active fighting. The first batch of 30 upgraded systems is currently undergoing final testing.
Leading plastic surgeons offer free surgeries to people who got scarred due to the war in Ukraine. The surgeons call their campaign #NoScar
People injured because of fighting and requiring reconstructive surgery are invited to contact plastic surgeons participating in the campaign. They only have to send their photograph and a description of their injury.
The grand opening of the exhibition of Pavlo Ponomarenko’s paintings and graphics will take place in HotArtHall gallery on July 14 at 6:00 PM. He lived and painted in Mariupol till March 2022. The artist had to leave his native city due to the war.
His exhibition titled Reflections offers an artist’s glance at the events in his native city, country, and the world as a whole. Using a limited range of geometrical shapes and a contained range of colors, the artist offers an opportunity to look into feelings and situations that he and his loved ones had faced.
RebuildUA project’s team is gathering information about destruction and damage to develop a geoinformation portal about the consequences of the war. Using drones and analytics, the volunteers digitize and appraise damage caused by the invaders. So far, the project has been working in Kyiv Oblast but is planning to expand to other oblasts. The volunteers have already digitized 50 settlements and 15,000 destroyed objects.
Nariman Aliev is a Ukrainian movie director of Crimean Tatar origin. He is the author of Dodomu (Getting Back Home), a film about the russo-Ukrainian war and the return to Crimea, which is famous in Ukraine. The author auctioned off the script for his motion picture that had never been published before to raise money for Ukraine’s Armed Forces. The auction ended on July 11 by selling the script for UAH 90,000.
Aliona Lapchuk saw her husband Vitalii Lapchuk alive for the last time on March 27 when he was abducted and beaten by occupiers. On May 22, Vitalii’s body was found in the Dnieper. His relatives could only recognize him in the photo due to a peculiar birthmark. Vitalii’s wife is still unable to get Vitalii’s body for the funeral.
Vitalii Lapchuk joined Kherson’s Territorial Defense Force in the first days of russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. He took up arms in late February and continued to fight as an underground resistance fighter even after russian forces had entered the city.
The UAnimals team evacuated five lionesses and one lion from a zoo in Donetsk region. Its territory is constantly shelled by the enemy, so it was extremely dangerous for the animals to stay there. The predators were taken to a shelter for wild animals in Kyiv region. In addition, the animals needed treatment, so people donated UAH 30,000 for the rehabilitation of the lions.
The UAnimals team continues to evacuate animals from various places in Ukraine that are suffering from hostilities.
Valeria Yezhova is the world checkers champion. She decided to use her talent to help the Ukrainian army. The girl played checkers with passers-by on the street and collected money. She won against literally every opponent. The girl was able to earn UAH 21,000. She brought the funds in cash to the office of Serhiy Prytula Charitable Foundation.
The training of the first 150 pilots for the Army of Drones began at the Dronarium school in Ukraine. This was announced by Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine Mykhailo Fedorov. According to him, in training the military will practice real flight tasks, camouflage skills, the development of tactics, drone control, as well as other tasks that will be performed at the frontlines.
For reference: United24 fundraising platform together with the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Ministry of Digital Transformation announced the launch of the “Army of Drones” project. This is a program that includes the systematic purchase of drones, their repair and prompt replacement, as well as a pilot training course.
“Riding into the Future” project works with military personnel suffering from musculoskeletal disorders, in particular, amputated limbs after participating in combat. In addition to riding lessons, military personnel have the opportunity to try a new type of therapeutic exercise — yoga on horses. The project was founded by a married couple, Oleksandra and Vasyl. Vasyl himself is at the frontlines now, so Oleksandra, together with Natalka, the founder of the public organization “Doloni Dotyk” (palm touch) holds horse riding classes for wounded soldiers every week.
Many of the horses used in therapy are rescued animals. These horses were evacuated out of Kyiv region at the beginning of the full-scale russian-Ukrainian war.
Journalists have the opportunity to visit a farm with an area of more than 1,000 hectares, which was under russian occupation. This is a good opportunity to see with your own eyes warehouses and silos, agricultural machinery and fields of wheat, corn and sunflowers that were burnt down as a result of shelling by the occupiers. The speakers will include:
Oleksandr Fischun, owner and director of Iveria Agro farm.
Hanna Hopko, Co-founder of the International Center for Ukrainian Victory.
Ivan Miroshnichenko, Member of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Agrarian Policy and Land Relations, Vice President of the Ukrainian Grain Association, former adviser to the Minister of Agrarian Policy of Ukraine
Ihor Melnyk, owner of “Agrogeophysica” subsidiary company, the territory of which is partly under occupation.
The farm visit will take place on Thursday, July 14 at 11:00 AM. Media accreditation form must be filled out to take part it the visit — https://bit.ly/3axlsef. After receiving your application, the exact address of the location will be sent to you.
Oksana, who lost her leg due to the russian shelling of Huliaipole in Zaporizhia Oblast, is preparing to get her prosthesis soon. She undergoes rehabilitation in Lviv. Oksana became one of the first patients of the Rehabilitation Center, a part of the #UNBROKEN network. Oksana will receive the prosthesis abroad.
According to earlier reports, the Nezlamni (Unbroken) National Rehabilitation Center is to open in Lviv. This 37,000 square meters large Center will help 50,000 Ukrainians every year, first of all, those who suffered physical injuries and mental trauma due to russia’s military aggression against Ukraine.
Yulia Stefaniuk, the leader of the Food Mission, organized the provision of hot food at Lviv’s Railway Station since the beginning of the russian invasion.
Together with her team, Yulia cooked 300 liters of soup every day to provide free food to everyone who was escaping the war via the Railway Station in Lviv.
Before russia’s all-out invasion, Yulia was the managing partner of FEST Catering, a project of FEST Holding of Emotions.
Meet Yulia during her briefing at Media Center Ukraine on July 15. Please follow the briefing schedule on our website.
On July 16, Lviv’s City Council and Lviv State University of Life Safety will host a familiarization training in actions to be taken in the case of a chemical, radiation, or biological attack. The training session will take about 90 minutes. Prior registration is required.
In Kharkiv, volunteers of BudDopomoha Kharkiv, a charitable organization, help locals cover the windows damaged due to the war. Instead of glass, they fit oriented-strand board (OSB) sheets. Later on, the sheets can be removed to set the glass in. In addition, the volunteers bring food to those in need and deliver humanitarian aid both within and outside the city.
Ukrainian zero-waste brands have been developing actively, trying to use the Ukrainian ingredients to be more sustainable. However, russia’s all-out war against Ukraine changed this. Not only did the production process become harder or their team leave, but they also lost access to ingredients, such as unique clays, plants, or packaging materials available in Ukraine. However, these brands keep fighting, some even expanding their product ranges.
On July 17, Syrup hip-hop band and Poryad charity will host an untypical charity event at Lisovyi Prychal (Closer) club in Kyiv. They plan to raise funds for two pick-up trucks for Ukraine’s Armed Forces. PVNCH band, XXV Frame rappers, Oi FUSK, and Wavy Dem will play live. There will also be DJ sets, a ping-pong tournament, a tattoo marathon, and a Ukrainian animation film showing.
Serhii Khrapko, a Ukrainian veteran severely injured in Ukraine’s east in 2015, started a campaign to raise funds to buy an SUV for Ukraine’s Armed Forces. He walked 2 km on his prosthetic leg on July 12; 4 km on July 14; 6 km on July 16; and 8 km on July 18. He will keep increasing the distance until he raises the requisite amount. The veteran is now in Vienna, Austria.
Olha owns a cafe in downtown Kyiv. Her coffee place tries to operate sustainably – they sell environment-friendly products, decorate the location with flowers in pots that one can buy, and refrain from using disposable cups –one can even buy a coffee to go in a genuine, reusable cup. After the start of the full-scale war, Olha equipped a bomb shelter in the building where her cafe is located and established a humanitarian hub.
The surgical team of the Luhansk regional oncology clinic has already performed 4 successful operations at a new location in Sarny, Rivne region. The staff of the medical facility had worked in Kreminna, Luhansk Region until April 18. They received a place to work from in Rivne region only in June. However, they have already started working and received new equipment. They treat both local residents and displaced persons from Kreminna, Severodonetsk and Lysychansk who want to continue to be treated by their doctors. The doctors managed to bring extremely expensive chemotherapy drugs with them during the evacuation. And now the oncology clinic continues to provide chemotherapeutic treatment in Sarny Central District Hospital.
The premiere of the play “Cry of the Nation” by Donetsk Academic Regional Drama Theater from Mariupol took place in Uzhhorod. The troupe of the theater was provided a place to work from on the stage of Zakarpattia Regional Music and Drama Theater. The first performance at the new venue was a story about the life of the Ukrainian poet Vasyl Stus. The premiere took place on July 16 — exactly four months after the russians destroyed the oldest theater in Mariupol with an airstrike, burying hundreds of civilians under the debris.
On July 24, a competition for weaving camouflage nets among youth centers will be held in “Na Valakh” park in Lviv.
As a part of the initiative by “Porokhova Vezha” (Powder Tower) camouflage net weaving center, TVORY! (create) network of youth spaces and Lviv Regional Youth Center will compete for the weaving cup. TVORY! network invites everyone to join their team.
The organizers will teach how to weave nets and tell about the evaluation system at the competitions.
Registration is available at this link.
Almost USD 100 billion is the amount of direct losses as the result of russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. These numbers were calculated at the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE). As part of “russia will pay” project, all financial losses of Ukraine since February 24 are recorded there. According to the KSE, residential buildings account for over a third of the damages. Some can still be restored, while some will have to be rebuilt from scratch. Business losses from the war have also been calculated. The damages include destroyed factories, and burned down warehouses as well as closed coffee shops, pharmacies, and stores.
18-year-old Ilona fled to Kyiv from the occupation in Kherson and has been working in the capital for 2 months. She is forced to earn money not only for herself, because her 85-year-old grandmother, who was deprived of her pension by the occupiers, remained in Kherson. So, the girl has to find ways to transfer money and medicine to her elderly family member.
Thousands of cats and dogs remained in settlements near the frontlines, from which most of the residents had left. That’s why Pavlo Vyshebaba, an animal rights activist and a fighter of the 68th Separate Jager Infantry Brigade, together with his brothers in arms, installed special feeders for animals in these settlements. “Yedyna Planeta” (one planet) NGO gave the feeders to the soldiers. Each feeder holds a week’s worth of food.
“RE:Ukraine” pilot modular town for 15 families will appear in Bucha, Kyiv region. Then a modular town like this is planned to be built in Ternopil region. Architect Slava Balbek, founder of balbek bureau initiated “RE:Ukraine” project, within which a system of modular towns is being created for temporarily displaced persons.
“As an architect, I think about everything, from the moment a person wakes up, at which table they sit down for breakfast, which street they take to work, whether they are comfortable in an office, house, neighborhood. It is interesting to be able to influence their comfort, and therefore life,” — Slava Balbek said.
Another charity project within the framework of “RE:Ukraine” deals with the protection of monuments from destruction during the war.
Luhansk Regional Academic Ukrainian Music and Drama Theater will operate in the city of Sumy. Theater performances can be attended at the Sumy National Academic Theater of Drama and Musical Comedy named after M.S. Schepkin.
Earlier, due to the occupation, the Luhansk Regional Academic Ukrainian Music and Drama Theater moved from Luhansk to Severodonetsk. They worked there for 8 years. During russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the building used by Luhansk residents was destroyed by the russian troops.
Ukrainian volunteers launched “RevengeFor,” a new platform to help the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The project will allow foreign citizens to order an inscription on any projectile that will fly in the direction of the russian occupiers. The developers of the platform are certain: foreign friends of Ukraine also want to help the Armed Forces defeat the russians, who have destroyed peoples and broken families’ lives throughout their long history. The funds from the orders go straight to the account of Come Back Alive fund. The minimum amount for which you can get a “revenge” photo is USD 500. The upper threshold is not limited.
In Odesa, a plastic surgeon operates on injured people for free after a rocket attack on Serhiyivka. For example, the operation of the first patient who sought help lasted one and a half hours. She had a bone fragment removed and her eyebrows contours restored.
On July 1, the russians launched rocket attacks on the village of Serhiyivka in Odesa region. 22 people died, about 40 were injured.
The construction of a modular town in Novoselivka, Chernihiv oblast, is almost complete. Currently, furniture is being installed there and water is being piped in. In general, people whose homes were destroyed as a result of shelling are planned to be housed in this town. According to preliminary data, about three and a half hundred people will be settled in the modular town.
At the start of russia’s all-out invasion of Ukraine, Uliana and Vitalii stayed in their Bucha apartment for two weeks (without electricity, gas, water, and communication). Later, they risked their lives to get out of the russian occupation. Now the spouses who use wheelchairs live in Lviv and help people with disability. For instance, they evacuate people with spinal cord injuries to other countries and provide humanitarian aid.
Nazar Kiryk, a Plast member from Lviv who runs a half-marathon daily to raise funds for a UAV drone for Ukraine’s Armed Forces, will visit Media Center Ukraine on July 26 at 1:00 PM.
In addition to his marathoner experience, he will talk about Lviv’s locations for running and share his professional expertise with all prospective runners. Furthermore, every week, he invites interesting people to run together, covering the stories on the web page of Lviv’s Plast group.
In Odesa, volunteers launch a project to provide women on the front line with uniforms and ammunition aiming to support female defenders of Ukraine with everything they need for combat missions. For instance, the volunteers found superlight body armor plates weighing 2.7 kg (versus regular plates of 4.1 kg) at the same protection level. The foundation emphasizes that they can supply not only lightweight armor plates but also appropriately sized helmets, footwear and uniform, hats and gloves, specific medicines, backpacks, first aid kits, underwear, and hygiene items.
Two friends organized a volunteer movement and furnished 50 empty houses for displaced persons in the village of Pancheve in Kirovohrad region. Tatiana Bosko and Vita Pankul cleaned, bleached, painted and hung wallpaper in old country houses with their own hands. After all, since the full-scale invasion, about 250 refugees have arrived in the village. Most spent a few days there and left, but some have stayed. About 70 families of refugees live here now. The friends are thinking about ways to provide heating for all the new residents in winter, because the houses only have stove heating, and firewood has become more expensive these days. But if necessary, they are ready to accept new residents.
Safe public transport stops will appear in Kharkiv. At first, they will be set up on the busiest bus, trolleybus and tram routes. According to the plans of the mayor’s office, these reinforced concrete structures will be located next to the stops. In the event of a threat of artillery fire, it will be possible to hide there and wait for an air alarm to end. According to the mayor of Kharkiv, similar shelters already exist in Israel.
Children who survived the occupation in Bucha are shooting a short film together with Ukrainian filmmakers. Together with teachers, children are writing scripts, selecting locations and props, looking for costumes and acting as directors. Filming takes place in two cities — Kyiv and Bucha. The theme of the short film is childhood and the bright future for children in Ukraine.
The project called “Film Holidays” is organized by Ukrainian Film School. The premiere of the film will take place on July 28 in Bucha.
On July 30, a running flashmob called “Running for Azovstal” will take place on Trukhaniv Island in Kyiv in support of the defenders of Mariupol. The project was organized by the Association of “Azovstal” Defenders Families.
The participants are free to choose to run a longer or shorter distance, or choose a route on their own. The race in Kyiv will not have a finish line, because, as the organizers explain, the finish line of the project will be upon the return of all the captured Azovstal heroes.
The goal of the race is not to let the world forget about Mariupol defenders.
At the beginning of August, volunteers of “Repair together” project will once again organize a clean-up rave party with the DJs in Chernihiv region. Recently, they already dismantled the ruins of the House of Culture in the village of Yahidne to the sound of music. In particular, DJs played their sets inside the House of Culture destroyed by russian bombs, and about 200 people, instead of dancing, dismantled its ruins.
For reference: volunteers of “Repair together” project help people rebuild houses damaged and destroyed as a result of the war. In addition, they organize communal work in villages, during which they help clean up the debris after the destruction in people’s yards. In addition, representatives of the initiative provide targeted assistance to those in need. For example, they can provide people with the necessary household appliances.
About a hundred works of the legendary Ukrainian artist Maria Prymachenko are exhibited in Andrey Sheptytsky National Museum in Lviv. The opportunity to see these paintings exists thanks to an art critic and an academician from Kyiv, Eduard Dymshits, who has collected the artist’s works for 30 years.
For reference: Maria Prymachenko is a Ukrainian folk artist who worked in the genre of naïve art.
At the beginning of russia’s full-scale invasion, a shell of the invaders hit a museum in Kyiv region, where a part of her paintings was kept. Local residents, risking their own lives, rescued the pieces of art from the burning building.
According to the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, 9,120 marriages were registered in Kyiv from February 24 to July 23 2022. For comparison, during the same period in 2021, the number of couples that got married in the capital was almost nine times fewer — only 1,110. Such determination of the newlyweds is explained by their desire to cope with the stress associated with the war. Also, the number of marriages was probably influenced by the simplification of the marriage registration procedure during the war.
Among the newlyweds, there are many soldiers, because according to the new rules, the military, police officers and employees of health care facilities can register their marriage online, without personal presence.
Serhii Khrapko, a Ukrainian veteran severely injured in Ukraine’s east in 2015, raised enough funds to buy an SUV for Ukraine’s Armed Forces. Throughout July, the man on a prosthetic leg walked several kilometers every two days, increasing the distance every time. The longest distance Serhii had to walk in a day was 10 km. The SUV, for which the veteran has managed to raise funds, is heading east. It will be handed over to the Armed Forces of Ukraine soon. Serhii Khrapko is now in Vienna, Austria.
Two Ukrainian ladies organized the ZSU Meet charity auction. One can pay for a meeting, a date, or even a professional consultation from auction participants. Among others, representatives of various industries and prominent Ukrainians joined the initiative.
The third wave of the ZSU Meet charity auction will start on Monday to raise funds for Ukraine’s Armed Forces. The first wave raised UAH 79,000 for our military within a week. After that, more people decided to participate in the auction, and its second wave started on July 25. It is ongoing, with the plan to raise UAH 100,000 within a week to buy pick-up trucks.
Volodymyr Alyokhin, a shepherd from the village of Pavlivka in Donetsk region, single-handedly herded 400 sheep to the village of Novostav in Volyn region. The man walked the first 50 kilometers. Then the flock was transported by a special truck for animals. There is still active combat in the man’s native village, his home was destroyed by russian troops, and more than 100 sheep were killed by mortar fire from the occupiers.
Volyn farmer Vasyl Melnyk is currently helping the shepherd from Donetsk region. Their sheep are now in a single flock, and, as the men say, they themselves do not know which is whose.
In Poltava region, a private ethnographic museum was turned into a shelter for refugees from Kharkiv. At the beginning of the full-scale war, the owner of the museum took half of the exhibits to Lviv so that the guests could settle in comfortably. Currently, the refugees are setting up an improvised kitchen and a small work area with a computer among the historic items that remained in the building.
A total of ten people have applied for shelter at the ethnographic museum since the end of February. In addition, locals helped them with food or clothes.
On Tuesday, August 2, the following reconnaissance UAV will be presented for the first time at a location in Kyiv:
- 2 Fly Eye 3.0 UAVs, which is one of the best NATO-type reconnaissance UAVs used by Polish special forces.
- 30 DJI Matrice 300 UAVs equipped with AI technology and thermal imaging that can focus on targets and identify potential dangers.
- 30 consumer drones donated by people from all over the world as part of the “Army of Drones” project, 10 of which are toy drones for children.
- 1 Raybird Skyeton drone and 1 Ukrainian-made SKIF UAV.
Immediately after the presentation, the drones will be sent to the frontlines.
At the presentation, journalists will be able to talk with Mykhailo Fedorov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Digital Transformation of Ukraine, and Yurii Shchyhol, Head of the State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine.
Destroyed buildings, ammunition fragments, shelled cars, and even love at the front line: photographer spouses from Odesa now take photos of the war. They used to shoot love stories for couples in love. Now, they are documenting events taking place in Ukrainian cities to demonstrate the truth to the world. They visited, for instance, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv, Bucha, Irpin, Sievierodonetsk, and Lysychansk. They visited some cities twice and even came under fire. Today, they are visiting Mykolaiv again, a city heavily shelled by the invaders.
The consultation outpatient clinic evacuated from Luhansk is now working in Dnipro. The institution provides medical attention to IDPs and everyone who needs it free of charge under the Program of Medical Guarantees framework.
It is the second time that the outpatient clinic from Luhansk has had to evacuate. Initially, it moved to Sievierodonetsk, but it had to move again from that city due to russia’s full-scale invasion.
Residents of a block of apartments in Bucha whose roof was destroyed by a russian missile are raising UAH 800,000 to renovate the roof. The rain coming down into the building continues to destroy it. Because of this, the residents got together to restore the roof before winter. They have already raised UAH 230,000.
The team of Starobilsk Hospital spent a month under occupation in Luhansk Oblast. Initially, the medics decided not to leave the city because they believed they should help patients despite the russian occupation. However, their work became impossible within a month, and the physicians decided to head for the territory controlled by Ukraine. They resumed their work in Dnipro; however, they needed time and much money to do so because the russians prevented them from taking the equipment.
25-year-old Valeria, callsign “Osa” (Wasp), signed a contract with Ukraine’s Armed Forces eighteen months ago voluntarily; a week before the invasion, she signed up for a course for Javelin and NLAW operators. However, she prefers using the Ukraine-made Korsar anti-tank missile system. She managed to destroy several russian tanks and armored vehicles on the first day of the full-scale invasion.
At the very beginning of russia’s full-scale invasion, a rescue worker from Mariupol had to deliver his wounded relative to the hospital because a projectile hit his house. In addition, he spent several days moving his family to a safe place. He repaired his car perforated with shell fragments under fire and got through 50 invader checkpoints. He works as a rescuer in Lutsk now.
Lviv School No. 23 will get a new building for its elementary classes. It will be built using 3D-printing technologies. Kyiv-based Balbek Bureau developed the exterior and interior design of the school. The first students will start using the new school building with the start of the new academic year in September 2023. The delivery of the 3D printer to Lviv is expected the next week.
Eleven years old, Lev evacuated from Sievierodonetsk in Luhansk Oblast this spring. Two months ago, he underwent a major surgical procedure in Lviv. Lev was in a grave condition, with a spinal tumor preventing him from moving; the child also had issues with inner organs. Lev and his family moved to Khmelnytskyi Oblast because his native city was under occupation. The boy is still being rehabilitated after surgery.
On August 6, Lviv City Council and Lviv State University of Life Safety will host a familiarization training for residents of the city on what to do in the case of a chemical, radiation, or biological attack. Registration for the training event is required. This event is organized for the second time after more than two hundred people took part in the first training event.
About 30% of educational establishments of all levels have already set up shelters, and other preparations for the educational process are ongoing. Lviv, Odesa, Ternopil and Khmelnytskyi regions, as well as Kyiv showed the best results. Local authorities are responsible for the preparation, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs has already assigned a rescuer responsible for each educational institution in the regions. However, educational institutions face another challenge, because many of them are still housing refugees from other regions. How do educational institutions prepare for the academic year during the war?
Families of “Azovstal” defenders will hold a rally in Lviv. The rally will take place on August 5 at 7:00 PM in front of the Lviv National Opera building. The purpose of the event is to call on the world community and international organizations to save the lives of the prisoners, to return the Mariupol garrison to the territory controlled by Ukraine, and to recognize russia as a state sponsor of terrorism. According to the relatives of Azov soldiers, there has been no contact with the Ukrainian prisoners of war for several months, and the russians violate all possible rules for the treatment of prisoners. The families of prisoners of war also plan to hold rallies similar to the one in Lviv in various European cities.
Jerzy Jurczyński from Poznań in Poland clears debris together with Kharkiv rescue workers. The 55-year-old man with 10 years of mountain climbing experience came to Ukraine two months ago as a humanitarian aid coordinator for a Polish charity. Now, he is the only foreigner in a team of Kharkiv steeplejacks. He cleared debris in schools, apartment blocks, and industrial areas ruined by the russian artillery. He also worked in Saltivka, the worst destroyed part of the city.
His wife and 12-year-old daughter are waiting for him at home. Jerzy will visit them in a week; after that, he plans to come back to Kharkiv and work with the rescuers till winter.
IDPs from Kyiv have opened a shelter with a dry pool in Vinnytsia. The shelter has a three-meter large screen with a movie projector and a small bar with coffee and pastries. Visitors of the “relax shelter” (called so because it operates in the basement) can relax and decompress. In addition, residents and guests of the city can go there to wait through the air raids.
In July, over 200 residents from different oblasts “swam” in the dry pool for free. The youngest guest was 2 years old, and the oldest was 52.
An exhibition on russia’s war crimes has been opened in PinchukArtCentre in the capital. It is a part of the exhibition presented by the Center in Davos in its “russian war crime house” during the World Economic Forum. The exhibition was founded in partnership with the Belgian Museum of Modern Art; it was the first time in the history of the arts that a museum offered a part of its collection to be exhibited in a country actively fighting the enemy.
José Andrés, the founder of World Central Kitchen, will give a briefing at Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform in Kyiv on August 9 at 2:30 PM. The restaurateur will talk about the company’s operations in Ukraine and food aid to the Ukrainians.
World Central Kitchen is a non-commercial, non-governmental organization that provides meals to victims of natural disasters and various emergencies. José Andrés, a celebrity chef, founded WCK in 2010: together with his team, he prepared food in Haiti following the devastating earthquake. World Central Kitchen has been working in various cities of Ukraine since the start of russia’s all-out invasion.
On August 12-14, 2022, Serhiy Prytula Charity Foundation will hold an exhibition of photographs by Dmytro Kozatskyi (call sign Orest), a photographer and head of the press service of the Azov regiment.
The purpose of the event is to raise funds for military aid for the soldiers of the Azov regiment, who continue to fight while their comrades are in russian captivity, and to remind the world about the defenders of Mariupol and their heroism. Along with 25 of Orest’s famous works, the exhibition will showcase his photographs from the Azovstal bomb shelters, which have not been published before. They were provided by his mother Iryna. Visitors will also be able to view videos that the defenders of Azovstal sent to their families right from the siege laid by the occupiers.
In addition, the three-day event will feature a meeting with relatives of soldiers of various units who were in Azovstal. It will be held on August 12.
Volunteers of Magic Moments community help the residents of Kyiv region to clear the buildings that collapsed as a result of the war. They have already made three visits to the region. They also helped to clean up the aftermath of the destruction and responded to the requests by locals to get the necessary appliances and furniture. Their next trip to Kyiv region is planned for the end of August.
For reference: Magic moments is a travel agency that organizes original trips in Ukraine and abroad. Both agency employees and tourists have joined the volunteer movement. Everyone is also welcome to join the charity initiative.
Since February 24, Lviv Defense Cluster, together with the city institute, have sewed 80,000 body armor vests for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. More than a thousand people were involved in the production. During the first few months, up to 1,500 bulletproof vests were produced per day. In the first months, all body armor was delivered directly to the warehouses of the Ministry of Defense for the fastest possible distribution to the troops.
A mine safety app has been made available in Ukraine. It was developed by volunteers of Free Ukraine, a Swiss charity, with support from the State Emergency Service of Ukraine. Users can view a map indicating potentially hazardous areas according to the SESU and receive alerts when approaching an unsafe area. This app is important for people living in Ukraine’s de-occupied areas because russian invaders have left many mined areas there.
Sociotherapy City Crisis Center in Kyiv offers special anti-stress therapy pro bono to the Ukrainian survivors of crisis events during the war. The Center’s personnel will assist with symptoms of an acute stress reaction, anxiety, or depressive disorders. The Center welcomes people who survived the occupation or evacuation or stayed in active combat areas. The therapy sessions are organized in groups and as individual sessions with a psychologist.
An Urban-toloka will take place in Lviv from August 12 to 14 to help clear the space for the future shelter camp for families with children. Residents of Lviv are invited to clean up an area of 5,700 square meters. A new modern shelter for people affected by the war is scheduled to open its doors in early October.
Students of the “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute” University have started collecting used electronic cigarettes, spare parts of which might come in need for the production of drones. After all, the battery of an e-cigarette can become a part of the discharge system in drones for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Used cigarettes are collected on campus. In addition, an agreement has been reached with ROZETKA chain of stores: they will also collect e-cigarettes.
A 15-year-old Lviv resident, Nazar, came up with and assembled a portable charger by himself. The device can charge phones, walkie-talkies and drones of the Ukrainian military in the field. The device itself can be charged from a solar battery. Lviv mayor Andrii Sadovyi has already noticed Nazar’s invention, but he said that the production of this device must be scaled up.
Due to hostilities in Donetsk region, the state enterprise “Artemsil” has stopped working. It is based in Bakhmut, for which the Ukrainian military is fighting fiercely at the moment. Artemsil used to be the main supplier of all the necessary salt to Ukrainians, but now most of the salt in Ukraine is imported. However, a salt deposit was found in Bushtyno community in Zakarpattia region. The mining will be begin in six months. This deposit will be enough to provide 100% of Ukraine’s salt needs.
Geoffrey Nice, a British lawyer, who was a prosecutor at the trial of Slobodan Milošević, Serbia’s former president, arrived in Ukraine. He will stay in Kyiv till August 21, meeting Ukrainian specialists.
Geoffrey Nice has been a barrister since 1971. He worked for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) from 1998 to 2006 and was a prosecutor at the trial of Slobodan Milošević, Serbia’s former president. The major part of his work since then has been related to cases of the permanent International Criminal Court (on Sudan, Kenya, and Libya) or to assisting groups of victims from those countries (Iran, Myanmar, North Korea) whose cases cannot be tried by any international court. The Times of London described Geoffrey Nice as one of the leading lawyers of his generation.
62-years-old Iryna was seriously wounded due to the russian artillery attack on her neighborhood in Sievierodonetsk. Only 5 buildings remain standing on the street where Iryna and her grandson used to live. Her thigh had to be amputated due to the heavy injuries. Currently, she is in one of the hospitals in Lviv Oblast. The Hands for a Mom project raised money to buy a prosthetic leg for Iryna. Within the framework of this initiative, prominent artists sold their works at auctions abroad and in Lviv. They raised over 30,000 euros to provide prosthetics for women gravely injured during the war. Soon, project organizers will buy prosthetics for two more injured women.
Due to russia’s all-out invasion, a posh restaurant in Zakarpattia Oblast is now working as a social canteen. In early March, the establishment’s owners decided to provide food to internally displaced persons from all over Ukraine free of charge. They had to work extremely fast and were assisted by volunteers and locals. The restaurant is still operating as a social canteen now.
Dubky, a modular home camp, was opened in Irpin, a town in Kyiv Oblast damaged by russian fire. Further 352 Irpin residents, who lost their homes, will get temporary shelter in their native town. The camp comprises 88 four-person residential units, with 55 units already occupied. They accommodate families of healthcare, education, and military personnel. The camp has a library, a small gym, an activity room for children, a recreation space, and a laundry/ironing zone. World Central Kitchen NGO helps provide camp residents with food.
Till late May, Sievierodonetsk Multidisciplinary Hospital worked under fire, treating both civilian and military ill and wounded. Physicians decided to relocate to a calmer region when the forthcoming occupation of the city had become evident, realizing that the medical team would not be able to keep helping the patients. By the time the medics left, the hospital building had been razed to the ground. They only managed to get out with three ambulance cars, an ultrasonography device, and a cardiograph. Other equipment was damaged. Thirty percent of the hospital’s personnel moved to Dnipro, including 70% of physicians.
10-year-old Daria from Odesa Oblast handed over UAH 10,400 for Ukraine’s Armed Forces. She raised this amount by cutting and selling her hair. DOBRE Events, an event agency, found out about what Daria did, invited the girl for a trip to Lviv, and handed over UAH 10,000 to her within the scope of their “Good Deeds Return Hundredfold” project.
Volodymyr Skovorodka, a rescuer of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, will run the “ultramarathon of gratitude”. The Emergency Service employee will run 800 kilometers from Kyiv to Warsaw in 14 days, overcoming 50-70 kilometers every day. It is planned that on August 24, on the Independence Day of Ukraine, Skovorodka will cross the finish line of the ultramarathon in Warsaw and set a record of the National Register of Records of Ukraine. The goal is to collect UAH 2 million for the purchase of special equipment to eliminate the consequences of hostilities in Ukraine. Also, Ukrainians can join the marathon offline by running kilometers together with a rescuer of the State Emergency Service.
Residents of Slavutych donated rare tableware used in the Chernobyl nuclear power plant’s canteens for a charity sale. In this way, people collect money to equip the soldiers from Slavutych who defend the country. They handed over plates, vases and glasses with the logos of the Chernobyl NPP to the volunteer center “Chernobyl”. Currently, they are looking for foreign platforms to sell these lots. In addition, the volunteer center “Chernobyl” has a workshop where the remnants of munitions of the occupiers are processed into works of art.
In Chernihiv oblast, volunteers of the “Iskra Dobra” (a spark of kindness) charity fund are helping to restore the homes of local residents destroyed due to the war. Since April, they have participated in the repair of more than 300 houses. Currently, there are 700 more buildings in the queue. In addition, since the end of February, volunteers have evacuated 2,500 people. They also provide food to those in need. Currently, the charity fund workers distribute about 30,000 food kits every week.
Lviv Defense Cluster will start manufacturing bulletproof vests for children who will be evacuated from the combat zone, as well as for medics. In addition, volunteers will also armor civilian cars that will go to the front line.
Lviv Defense Cluster unites specialists of defense enterprises, volunteers and production facilities from all over the country to provide the Defenders of Ukraine with high-quality and well tested body armor. Since the beginning of russia’s full-scale invasion, Lviv Defense Cluster has produced over 80,000 bulletproof vests.
A tent town for IDPs was set up in Mostyska community. It is located on the sports field of one of the schools. The area is 500 m2. The project was implemented together with the Swiss organization Remar S.O.S.
Currently, 14 people live there. In general, the temporary camp for internally displaced persons is designed for 100 tents. The tent town has sleeping places, a shower, a toilet, and a laundry room. There are also plans to open a children’s playground.
The artist Varvara Logvyn paints anti-tank “hedgehogs” in the style of Petrykivka painting. This style requires attention to detail, so creating an ornament on a huge military object takes several days. This initiative, conceived by the artist, combines the horror of war, which is represented by the anti-tank obstacle, and the greatness of traditional Ukrainian culture. Currently, the artist is painting an anti-tank “hedgehog” on Independence Square (Maidan). Anyone can watch her work.
In Ukraine, “Winter is Coming” initiative has been launched. As a part of this initiative, opinion leaders use their influence to raise funds for the restoration of houses. “Repair.together” charity project sets up construction camps for volunteers to rebuild housing. The goal of the initiative is to restore 12 houses and repair 25 more before the start of winter
In Kharkiv, a shelter for passengers was installed at one of the public transport stops. The shelter has 12 seats and a screen with video surveillance cameras. About 100 kg of sand will also be stored there for extinguishing fires. In general, safe stops are going to be set up in 25 locations in Kharkiv.
Three volunteers from Lviv Oblast evacuated 120 cows from a farm in Mykolaiv Oblast under artillery fire. The farm has suffered from being incessantly shelled by the russian army for three months.
The preparations took three days, and the evacuation took about three hours. The volunteers moved trucks with the cattle under missile and artillery fire while covered by Ukraine’s Armed Forces. The russian Orlan UAVs were the greatest danger because the foe used them to search for targets and adjust fire.
Over a hundred cows were moved to Lviv Oblast; some had to be treated for shell fragment wounds.
Max Nesterov, a barber, volunteers with his friends in one of Kyiv’s hospitals. He cuts hair and shaves the soldiers, having helped over two hundred fighters during wartime. Often, commanding officers or soldiers, whom Max helped earlier, call him for haircuts. The barber believes that his job has an element of psychological support for the wounded soldiers. This is not the first volunteering experience for Max; earlier, he founded the Hair for Share initiative to make wigs for children with cancer.
The shelter for rescued animals in Lviv provided shelter for more than 5,000 pets that lost their masters. Most have already been adopted, but some are still waiting for adoption.
Animal rights activists started building a new shelter on the land plot that had been handed over as charitable aid to the Shelter to keep helping the animals. The active construction work is ongoing at the site, and everyone’s help or donation is welcome.
Kyiv Horse Race Track helps horses from pedigree horse breeding farms located in the areas of active combat in Zaporizhia and Kharkiv Oblasts. Every day, animals face the risk of being wounded or killed by russian artillery fire. The Horse Race Track also raises funds for farms affected by the invasion. They use the money to transport, feed, care for, and train the horses. Furthermore, everyone can sponsor or even buy a horse they like.
Musicians of Kalush Orchestra announced a fundraising campaign on the occasion of Ukraine’s Independence Day. The funds will be spent on rehabilitating defenders of Mariupol and Azovstal. On August 24, the musicians will raise UAH 24 donations during 24 hours. They promise to publish details of a special charity account on August 24 at 00:01 AM.
Lviv physicians are rescuing a lady from Bakhmut in Donetsk Oblast gravely injured by the explosion of a russian missile. The missile hit nearby, and she was buried under a heap of soil. Barely alive, she was extracted from a 5-m deep shell crater created by the explosion. Oksana was hospitalized in Dnipro immediately. She spent 11 days in the intensive care unit. As soon as her condition was stabilized, an evacuation train brought her to the St. Panteleimon Hospital in Lviv. Currently, Traumatology and Orthopedics Unit specialists are treating Oksana’s abdomen, arm, and leg wounds.
Volodymyr Skovorodka, a rescuer from Kyiv, ran over 800 km from Kyiv to Warsaw to express gratitude to the Polish people and raise funds to demine water objects. The rescuer took part in a 14-day-long Ultramarathon of Gratitude. Everyone was able to support the runners with their donations. On August 24, 2022, Volodymyr completed the distance, reaching Warsaw. The ultramarathoners raised over UAH 500 thousand out of the required USD 2 million. However, you can still contribute now.
The U. S. charity Help Heroes of Ukraine purchased 13,000 square meters of fabric for manufacturing military uniforms for the Ukrainian military. Some fabric was donated to Lviv City Council. It will be used to sew 1100 uniforms for the Ukrainian Army personnel. The first samples of finished uniforms are already on their way to the front line.
Overall, the Help Heroes Of Ukraine charity has been helping the Ukrainian Army since the start of russia’s full-scale invasion. For instance, they purchase drones and anti-drone rifles. Representatives of the Help Heroes of Ukraine charity are currently in Lviv.
Relive is a project that transforms basements of apartment blocks into provisional bomb shelters. The project is run by Volonterska.Ua charity together with Kharkiv Youth Council. The goal is to prepare enough basements to accommodate 100,000 people safely.
Over the last two weeks, the volunteers have already prepared 12 basements that can take about 1,580 people. The next week, they will start transforming 16 more basements into provisional bomb shelters. It means that 4,000 residents of Kharkiv will have a safe place to stay during the bombardments.
The Ministry of Culture of Ukraine created a special account to collect funds for the restoration of cultural heritage objects destroyed by the russians. A special section with a list of objects in need of restoration was added to the Ministry’s website. In particular, these objects include the Central House of Culture of the city of Irpin, Chernihiv Central City Library, Dnipro House of Organ and Chamber Music and Korolenko State Scientific Library in Kharkiv. According to the Ministry, russia has already destroyed a total of 492 objects of Ukraine’s cultural heritage.
Since the beginning of the full-scale war, Cherkasy Zoo has provided shelter to 70 displaced animals. However, the zoo lacks funds to keep them. Previously, the zoo could pay for itself by selling tickets to visitors. Now, the number of visitors has decreased by a factor of three, while the needs of the institution have grown significantly. In addition to food for newly arrived residents, the zoo is also trying to raise funds for the construction of new enclosures.
The Center for Mental Health has started working in Lviv. There, Lviv residents and refugees can receive help from a psychologist, psychiatrist, and sexologist.
Lviv City Council noted that according to statistics, every third person in Ukraine suffers from a mental health disorder. A person may not even recognize that they have such a disorder. In the meantime, a family doctor can recognize this and refer such a person to the Center for Mental Health. Such centers are planned to be opened in every polyclinic of the city.
UNICEF, United Nations Children’s Fund, will host its first UNICEF YOUTH AWARDS ceremony on August 30, 2022. It will reward young people 14 to 24 years of age who have implemented bright and unusual social initiatives during the war in Ukraine.
The ceremony will be led by Catherine Russel, UNICEF’s Executive Director; Iryna Vereshchuk, Minister for Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine; Vitali Klitschko, Kyiv’s Mayor; James Hope, USAID Mission Director to Ukraine, and others.
The accreditation is required; the accreditation goes on till 6:00 PM on August 29, 2022.
A large-scale event to weave the “Largest Camo Net in Ukraine” will take place in Lviv on September 3–4. Event organizers aim to weave 2000 square meters of camo nets, engaging over 1,000 people daily. A net of this size will meet all requests from the military personnel received in Lviv. Furthermore, this camo net can find its way into Ukraine’s National Book of Records. Ukraine’s National Register of Records has already approved the application.
Lviv is preparing for a difficult winter. Local authorities warn: if russian rockets hit electrical substations or thermal power plants, the city’s residents will be able to warm themselves only in locations with heating equipment that will be set up in the shelters. According to the City Hall, potentially there are 10,500 basements with heating in residential buildings in Lviv. By October 1, they should be equipped with potbelly stoves. There should also be stocks of firewood.
In Odesa, the discussions are raging regarding the demolition of the monument to the russian empress Catherine II, who destroyed the Ukrainian military-political entity Zaporozhian Sich and implemented the russification of Ukrainians. Many citizens and activists support the demolition of the monument, but the Odesa City Council slows down the process and refuses to issue a corresponding order. The leadership of the region has already spoken out in favor of dismantling the monument, and even the President of Ukraine reacted to the corresponding petition.
In 2015, Ukraine launched decommunization, the process of getting rid of the remains of communist ideology. Now, in the midst of russia’s all-out war against Ukraine, there is a debate going on in Ukrainian cities about how to get rid of other remains of russian occupation, albeit from the days of the russian empire.
6-year-old Sofia Nersesian performs songs for charity in Kyiv to raise funds for the defenders of Ukraine. The girl has already collected over UAH 14,000 for the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and transferred the money to Serhiy Prytula Foundation.
“I want Ukraine to win as soon as possible. That’s why I’m raising money for a big spaceship to send russians to another planet,” — Sofia said. The child started singing Ukrainian songs in February, when she had to go abroad due to shelling of her hometown.
Before the all-out war, 19-year-old Oksana Rubaniak studied and was a deputy chair of the Youth Council at the Executive Committee of Ivano-Frankivsk City Council. But after February 24, she volunteered to join the 72nd Black Zaporozhians Separate Mechanized Brigade. They had vacancies in the machine-gun platoon. Oksana’s relatives found out she was on the front line after 2 months, but they supported her decision. Oksana Rubaniak explains her decision to fight in simple terms: “If you want to live in a free country, fight for it.”
The Lviv Defense Cluster, Run Ukraine, and ProBig running club initiated the international charitable online Run to 100,000 Bulletproof Vests to raise funds and attain the first operational goal of the Lviv Defense Cluster by providing 100,000 armor vests for the defense forces of Ukraine.
Each participant of the Run to 100,000 Bulletproof Vests will be awarded a unique armor steel medal made of the balance of armor plates being the main protective element in the body armor used by the Ukrainian soldiers.
The Lviv Defense Cluster brings together specialists from defense industry plants, volunteers, and production facilities from all over the country to supply high-quality, trusted bulletproof vests. It owns a lab to test its finished products. Overall, more than 80,000 armor vests have been produced by the LDC after the start of russia’s all-out invasion of Ukraine.
Ukraine as Eldorado of the Future, a ceramic panel, will be the main object of art to be created by the children. The ceramic panel will consist of individual fragments in national colors. Young potters will make it together with Pascal Woestelandt.
It is just one of the entire set of master classes the artist offers. These events are organized to support Ukraine during the difficult time of the war. The idea is to bring together children of the whole world.
In March, Oleksandr Kryvosheia, a farmer, called the Ukrainian artillery fire onto his warehouse in Kozarovychi village in Kyiv Oblast, where russian invaders were based. The russians occupied his farm on February 25 and lived there for more than a month. Over this period, the invaders ate more than a hundred sheep, half of his livestock. The building’s roof, seed grain, and equipment burned down due to the Ukrainian artillery strike on the farm. However, Oleksandr does not begrudge the property destroyed by the Ukrainian missiles. On the contrary, he says, chasing away the enemy was the most important thing.
Now, he is restoring his farm from scratch. The Keep Going project raises UAH 600,000 for Oleksandr to install the new roof on the warehouse. Half of the target amount has already been raised.
A municipal bookstore in Kyiv has collected almost 25 tonnes of russian books and sent them for recycling. Recycling the books brought organizers UAH 98,000 to be spent on buying a car for soldiers fighting at the front line. The campaign to collect russian books for recycling is ongoing; each participant will get a 10% discount for new books.
The photographer Roman Pashkovskyi has already carried out two Portrait for a Donation campaigns. He made portraits of about 450 people, raising UAH 220,000 in the process. He contributed the funds to charities providing humanitarian aid and restoring the homes of the Ukrainian victims of the war.
The photographer plans his next performance in Kyiv in late September. He is also going to expand the project to other cities.
Roman Pashkovskyi lives and works in Kyiv. He owns a photography school; he participated in group and one-man exhibitions in Ukraine and Switzerland.
Investigative journalists from Slidstvo.Info joined human rights advocates from the Tribunal for putin initiative who keep a record of russia’s war crimes in Ukraine. Working together, they set up a database of more than 150,000 profiles of russian military personnel who perpetrated war crimes. They were identified with the assistance of Ukraine’s so-called IT Army and the information from the Defense Intelligence, the National Security and Defense Council, and social media.
On the President’s website, a petition requesting that vegetarian and vegan military ration packs be provided for Ukraine’s Armed Forces has already been supported by one-third of the required votes. Petitioners emphasize that such rations are needed not only by those who do not eat foods of animal origin for medical or ethical reasons. Religious fighters who keep the fast also need them. As long as this issue is not addressed at the government level, volunteers solve it independently. Before the all-out war, NGO Every Animal engaged in education projects. Now, they cook food for vegans on the front line. Their volunteer kitchens work in seven cities of Ukraine.
A married couple of K-9 handlers serve in a border guard detachment in Odesa Oblast. They met during a training course in a K-9 training center one month before the start of russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The husband handles a German Shepherd, and the wife – a Jack Russell Terrier. During the all-out war, they were deployed far from each other several times; lately, they were transferred to serve in the same unit.
The city of Uman in Cherkasy region, where tens of thousands of Hasidic Jews gather every year to celebrate the arrival of the Jewish New Year, is expecting a visit of more than 10,000 pilgrims this year. Despite the prohibition of the Security Service of Ukraine, Hasids have already begun gathering in the city where the founder of Breslov Hasidism Rabbi Nachman is buried.
According to local authorities, more than a thousand people have already arrived in Uman from Israel. This year, Rosh Hashanah falls on September 25-26. The largest influx of religious tourists in the city is expected after September 20.
As of Spetmber 6, it has been 40 days since the terrorist attack in Olenivka. On July 28, a powerful explosion took place on the territory of the former correctional colony in the city of Olenivka, Donetsk region, which is currently used as a place of detention for Ukrainian POWs. According to russian sources, about 40 Ukrainians were killed as a result of the explosion. Only 25 days after the tragedy, the UN created a group to conduct an investigation, which has not begun yet. Representatives of “LADIES OF STEEL” Council of Wives and Mothers of Ukraine’s Defenders still do not know about the fate of their relatives. What ways out of the situation have the families of prisoners of war put forward?
Keep Going Ukraine-based project provides financial support to the Ukrainians who are nearing the victory and tells their stories. In particular, UAH 600,000 have already been raised for Oleksandr Kryvoshey, a farmer from Kyiv region, who in March directed Ukrainian artillery at his own warehouse, captured by the russians. The farmer will use the money to restore the roof of the building.
People who received help include: Oleksandr Schelokov, the owner of Mi-Lo-Ko, craft cheese factory in Kyiv region. The goats from the farms, where he bought milk, were killed in a missile attacks. Another project under Keep Going is focused on the aid for the owner of Kust Ceramics Studio, Viktor Kuschenko. A man conducts free pottery classes for the children of refugees in Vorokhta.
Heorhiy Molchanov is a winemaker from the south of Ukraine. His lands are located on the banks of the Pivdennyi Buh, near Mykolaiv, which suffers from enemy shelling every day. His enterprise itself was also bombed: a russian shell exploded next to the winery. However, shelling is not the only problem of Ukrainian winemakers. Logistics, lack of workers, and in the south there are also difficulties with access to drinking water. How is it possible to not only survive in such conditions, but also create new Ukrainian wines?
The “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute” University students keep collecting spent disposable electronic cigarettes whose parts can be re-used at the front line. Engineers use the electronic cigarette battery to make ammunition release systems for drones used by Ukraine’s Armed Forces.
The spent vapes are collected on the campus of the Polytechnic Institute. The campaign initiators reached an agreement with the ROZETKA shops, which also opened collecting stations. On September 8 alone, the students took over a tonne of spent vapes from various stations of the network. Overall, the students handed over more than 2 tonnes of disposable electronic vapes to the engineers.
Before the all-out war, Yurii Davydenko lived in Mariupol, doing everything to make sure that local young people had opportunities for development and self-actualization. For instance, he organized the 1991 Startup Development Center hub, visited by 50,000 people during the time of its operation.
After the start of russia’s full-scale invasion, Yurii managed to leave Mariupol for Mukachevo. There, he decided to resume doing what he does best – establishing youth hubs. Together with friends, he launched two spaces for IT specialists and IDPs in Mukachevo and Khmelnytskyi, and they are not going to stop.
On September 10, Plast members Nazar Kiryk and Vlad Deliatytskyi will run 133 km along the road from Lviv to Ivano-Frankivsk. They will start from Lviv’s Stryiskyi Park.Their goal is to raise UAH 1,000,000 for a Marine unit. They will use the funds to buy drones that will help get intelligence about the foe’s movements and deployment.
Earlier, Nazar Kiryk, a Plast member, ran 654 km in 31 days to raise UAH 270,000 for a drone for the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Stefan Vorontsov returned to Ukraine on the eve of the all-out invasion. He studies in Poland but decided to visit his parents. The war caught him in Nova Kakhovka; Stefan’s life has been closely connected to his native city since that time. Within 40 days under the occupation, he managed to set up a volunteering headquarters and establish HUMANITY, an NGO that supplied food and medicines to residents of Nova Kakhovka. The organization also evacuated city residents from the occupation. Stefan decided to leave Kherson Oblast when a local resident told russians about his activities.
On September 12, beauty volunteers from Kyiv will visit the village of Dymer in Kyiv Oblast. Nail technicians, hair stylists, makeup artists, and massage therapists will work with locals for free. The idea of beauty volunteers for the liberated villages came from Olha Belytska, a makeup artist. This spring, she worked for patients at Okhmatdyt Hospital in Kyiv, where she heard some women complaining about lying there without hairdo and makeup, having just come to after barely escaping projectiles and cluster bombs. Thus, Olha and her friends come to the de-occupied towns and villages of Kyiv Oblast every week to help people feel beautiful again after the horrors of the occupation.
A bear named Bakhmut by volunteers was left in a private home in Donetsk Oblast in the area of fierce combat. Ukrainian soldiers found it in an enclosure with a damaged roof. The bear was exhausted and under extreme stress. The Ukrainian soldiers fed the animal until the volunteers came to pick it up.
They brought Bakhmut to the Domazhyr Bear Sanctuary in Lviv Oblast, where a team of specialists will care for the animal.
The russians abducted 47-year-old Serhii Hrypun from Nove village of Zaporizhia Oblast, where he worked for an agrarian firm. The russian military personnel entered the premises of Serhii’s firm and established their headquarters there. Getting in touch with him became impossible, and his relatives had not received any information about him for several weeks. His daughter Yulia, who is searching for her father, told the Media Initiative for Human Rights that she found out about his whereabouts in April from a released hostage who had seen Serhii in russia. Serhii Khrypun is held captive in Kursk pre-trial detention center. The kidnapped Ukrainians are subjected to torture; for instance, they were beaten with a stun gun and truncheons on the day they arrived at the detention center. The released hostage also told Yulia about Serhii’s condition, who had broken ribs and bruised legs.
Samples of individual rations developed for the Armed Forces of Ukraine developed by RAZOM and FEST companies will be demonstrated in Media Center Ukraine. The developers called their individual ration for extreme conditions Kosmichna Yizha (Space Food). It is on par with food kits used by the world’s leading armies.
Anastasia Leonova was born in russia; she moved to Ukraine in 2015. Later, she took a tactical medicine trainer course and trained Ukrainian soldiers. Then, she returned to civilian life, worked as a sommelier, and managed a sommelier school. However, russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24 changed everything when her friends invited her to present a tactical medicine course and invited her to join their battalion afterward. Since March, she has been the unit’s tactical medicine trainer and senior paramedic. For instance, she rescued the wounded on positions during the fighting north of Kyiv.
In Odesa Oblast, people are actively restoring the houses damaged by the missile attack on June 27. Some people had not only to install new doors and windows but also rebuild an entire story that the missile had demolished. People affected by the russian aggression want to refurbish the damaged homes before winter comes. The local government covers a part of the cost of repairs.
Svitlana Olifer from Cherkasy has been running a wedding event business. After russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, she came up with the charity volunteering project Marriage for a Hero. She put together a team of photographers, videographers, makeup artists, and florists who help organize a ceremony free of charge. Restaurants and catering businesses are sometimes prepared to offer their services on special terms. Overall, the couple will only have to buy their wedding gear.
Andrii Nebytov, Head of the Main National Police Directorate in Kyiv Oblast, is trending among Ukrainian YouTubers with hundreds of thousands of views. After russia’s all-out invasion, the Chief of Police of Kyiv Oblast publishes videos on his YouTube channel showing the equipment russians tried to occupy Ukrainian cities with. He unboxes enemy soldiers’ first-aid kits, topographic maps, and other trophies.
The veteran Mykhailo Yurchuk is the first in Lviv to get a bionic prosthetic arm. He lost his arm and leg in Kharkiv Oblast this spring, but today he can move his fingers again. Esper Bionics, a Ukrainian manufacturer, provided the artificial bionic arm for Mykhailo. It was attached by the NEZLAMNI National Rehabilitation Center of Lviv’s First Healthcare Association. Now, Mykhailo is learning to use his artificial arm and regrets that this dream has not yet come true for many other unbroken Ukrainians like him.
Because of this, a charitable project, Prosthetics for the Unbroken, was started to provide modern bionic artificial limbs to at least fifty Ukrainians. To do so, UAH 100 million needs to be raised.
A Ukrainian journalist has lived in occupied Kherson for almost half a year. In his interview with a media outlet, he told how he became a guerrilla fighter and how he fought. For instance, he even had to disguise himself not to be recognized.
Oksana Ivanets has the rank of lieutenant colonel. She has served in the State Border Guard Service for over 20 years. Later, she was transferred to the Armed Forces of Ukraine and currently serves as a special correspondent of the ArmiyaInform news agency. She combines her work with another activity that is at least as complicated: she is bringing up five children.
Tetiana Hladysh, an artisan and writer from Kherson Oblast, has suffered from a rare disease affecting her bones since she was born and has to get about on crutches. In mid-March, Tetiana with her family left her village in Kherson Oblast due to fighting all around and with the necessary medicines running out. Tetiana left her cat and dog to her aunt, who promised to take care of them. Later, the aunt was evacuated, and the pets were left unattended behind.
Eventually, volunteers managed to bring the pets to Odesa, while Tetiana, having been injured a day earlier and supposed to stay in bed, drove through half a country to bring her pets to their new home. The entire family lives in Ternopil Oblast now. When Tetiana Hladysh becomes homesick after Kherson Oblast, she works and creates to manage her emotions.
Lviv Defense Cluster (a non-profit organization) makes armored vests for children. They will be used during the evacuation. There are three body armor sizes for different age groups: 4 to 6, 7 to 10, and 11 to 14. Depending on the size, the vests weigh 2 to 3.5 kg. They can be equipped with GPS trackers. The body armor is designed to be donned and doffed easily by a child. The first 30 armored vests are being produced to be used and tested during evacuation.
At the beginning of the full-scale war, Mykolaiv Zoo didn’t have enough money to even feed the animals, because it didn’t have any income. It is located in the center of Mykolaiv, and there were no people willing to come to the zoo under fire. So the zoo management suggested that Ukrainians buy tickets to the zoo online. This led to raising UAH 3 million for the animals, Volodymyr Topchiy, Zoo Director says.
In addition, Lutsk Zoo, which is far from the front line, decided to employ refugees from Donbas. For example, a man, who used to work at a factory, bottle-feeds even-toed ungulates now, and a cook prepares food for monkeys.
The next stage of training by American infantrymen began in Lviv. Together with Ukrainian instructors, they are training Ukrainian volunteers. The training was organized by the Volunteer Training Center. For three weeks, the instructors will teach how to handle weapons, how to act during territory sweeps and street fights, and how to provide first aid. The training is free of charge. Both men and women can attend it.
Kalush Orchestra received a new trophy as the winners of the Eurovision Song Contest. A member of the band called KylymMen is going on a tour of Ukrainian cities so that everyone could take a picture with the glass microphone. In the near future, he will visit Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kyiv, Kalush, Chernivtsi and Vinnytsia (tour details will be published on the band’s website). The members of the band will also think about benefits that the new trophy can bring to the country.
As reported, Kalush Orchestra sold their Eurovision trophy at a charity auction for USD 900,000 to help the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Volunteers of the Patron Pets Center, which helps stray animals, go to the liberated territories in Kharkiv Oblast, including Izium, to bring feed for abandoned cats and dogs. They not only feed the animals but also try to find out how much feed they will need in the future and search for people who could take care of the animals on an ongoing basis. Volunteers feed hundreds of abandoned pets in Izium in Kharkiv Oblast and work in other liberated cities and villages where animals need help.
On September 23, the Kyiv History Museum will host a charity auction, Heroes without Weapons. It aims to help firefighting and rescue units of the State Emergency Service in Kramatorsk and Kharkiv. All the funds raised will be handed over to the rescue units that rescue dozens of children and adults and fight fires that destroy homes and offices shelled by russian forces.
Painter Kos Podol brought together a group of people with vision impairment, and they spent the whole summer presenting their inner world in paintings. These paintings will be exhibited at the Abstraction from the Darkness to be held in Kyiv on September 24 to 30.
The family of Kostiantyn and Vlada Liberov used to take photos depicting love, but after February 24, they decided to photograph war. Kostiantyn’s photo, in which a Ukrainian defender is holding a watermelon in his hands against the background of a multiple rocket launcher system, has become very popular. The man admits that he got too close while working, and he was hit by stones and even bruised.
The couple photographs the war in hot cities of the country. Since the start of war, they have taken hundreds of photos, which can be seen on their social network pages and even on the covers of world media.
Registration for the charity “Run to 100,000 Bulletproof Vests” was extended until September 26. Anyone who wants to take part in the run in an online format and receive a medal made of real armored steel used to make body armor for Ukrainian defenders. With the funds received from registration fees, Lviv Defense Cluster will produce body armor for the military.
A number of Ukrainian athletes have joined the initiative including: Yaroslava Mahuchikh, Zhan Beleniuk, Olga Saladukha, Viktoria Shkurko, Anzhelika Terliuga and Stanislav Horuna. More than 1,700 participants have already registered for the run, and over UAH 1.8 million have already been collected.
The first municipal prosthetics workshop started working in Lviv within the scope of the NEZLAMNI project. It is accommodated in a special mobile container module. Prosthetics will be made by Ottobock, an internationally renowned German company. The workshop will take measures of patients who need the prosthetics, while the medics will configure and refine the prosthetics.
The first reinforced concrete bomb shelter was built in Mykolaiv’s Korabelnyi Raion near a public transport stop. The bomb shelter is made of reinforced concrete under an Israeli design. The structure weighs over 70 tonnes. Inside, there are benches for 18 people. However, the ventilation system enables 24 people to use the bomb shelter at a time. The first bus stop bomb shelter was installed in Kharkiv in August this year.
The Good Plastic Company is a Ukrainian firm that tackles the problem of plastic waste accumulation with its innovative solutions. Its customer list includes brands like McDonald’s, IKEA, Adidas, etc.
The company’s founders came up with an idea for producing a novel material out of processed plastics. The company buys waste as secondary raw material. The best ingredients for the company’s products include old refrigerators and other household appliances designed for long-term use. The Good Plastic Company has only two peers worldwide, producing similar materials.
Before February 24, Diia.Business were the spaces for Ukrainians to get free consultations, visit educational events for entrepreneurs, rent halls for events, and test their products in a special pop-up location.
During the occupation of Kyiv Oblast, Diia.Business’ 280 square meters in Bucha were occupied by the russian military together with the entire residential neighborhood and seriously damaged.
The Ministry of Digital Transformation restored Diia.Business in Bucha, and will open the center for existing and future entrepreneurs. The business people who survived the occupation and are restoring their businesses will also attend the event. They will share their stories.
Tymko III, the groundhog from Kharkiv Oblast who has traditionally forecasted the weather, is now back from russian captivity. Together with other animals, Tymko survived the occupation in Nesterivka until Ukraine’s Armed Forces liberated the village during the counterassault in Kharkiv Oblast. Tymko, together with 38 other groundhogs living in the area of the biological research station of Kharkiv’s Karazin University, got under the russian occupation in the spring. Two biological research station employees, Volodymyr and Halyna, stayed to keep an eye on the animals. Volodymyr Hrubnyk, the head of the Eastern Steppe Laboratory of the Department of Biology of Karazin University in Kharkiv, told that the groundhogs were safe and sound and received a shipment of humanitarian aid.
At the start of russia’s full-scale invasion, the small village of Moshchun became the site of heavy fighting and an obstacle on the invaders’ path to the capital. The Ukrainian forces fully liberated Moshchun on March 21, but the village still comes to its senses after the fierce battle. Most houses were destroyed, so locals have to live in modular homes. B50, a volunteering initiative, helps restore Moshchun. The Ukrainian volunteers clear the debris of buildings destroyed by the war brick by brick. As the rainy season approaches, volunteers restore roofs and help patch the windows with plastic film. Volunteers come to clear the debris every weekend. You can join the volunteering community and find out more about its activity on social media at B50.
Ukrainians from Kharkiv, Donetsk, Crimea, Kherson, Luhansk, and, of course, Lviv Oblast will share a piece of their home with each other in Lviv’s Lem Station art space on October 1. Event participants will cook and taste Mariupol’s shumush pie, discuss traditional costumes, paint a Crimean Tatar ornament, and listen to the sounds of the sea and a performance by the Luhansk Philharmonic.
Visiting the Countrymen, a free event organized by Lviv’s Tourism Office, aims at familiarizing Ukrainians with their native land at a local level and celebrating World Tourism Day.
An event to provide information about each form of family-based child care and about preparing for a child to join your family will take place on the occasion of the National Adoption Day at Lviv’s House of Mercy on September 30, 2022, at 12.00 PM (noon). Potential foster families will be able to discuss all issues related to adopting children during the war.
Background information: There are 523 orphans or children left without parental care in Lviv Oblast at the moment. Of them, 103 children can be adopted.
Justice Initiative Fund/JIF is a non-commercial organization that pursues private and journalist investigation of russia’s war crimes in Ukraine. Its founders include Stanislav Asieiev, a journalist who was held captive for two years and a half in the lawless Izolyatsia prison in Donetsk occupied by russia, and Yulia Payevska, a volunteer and paramedic who spent three months in russian captivity.
The Fund’s goal is to collect information that can directly influence the prosecution of suspected perpetrators of war crimes. The Fund’s website lists war criminals together with amounts offered for information that will help prosecute the perpetrator. All funds for monetary rewards to information providers are raised as charitable contributions.
Owners of a cafe in Bucha in Kyiv Oblast tried not to close their establishment till the last moment: They even tried doing business as usual on February 24, accompanied by sounds of explosions and artillery fire, striving to be a place of calm and comfort. Later, Oleksandr and Yulia saw the invaders leaving their tanks and stealing cakes from the cafe on security cameras. The russians almost razed it to the ground; all windows were broken, and the ceiling was damaged. After Kyiv Oblast had been liberated, the couple reopened their cafe. Initially, they worked in the neighboring building while diligently restoring their own. Everyone who drinks coffee in the cafe can contribute to restoring this once cozy cafe.
Ukrainian volunteers have already collected more than 130,000 dollars in donations using the “RevengeFor” platform designed for the Armed Forces of Ukraine support. On the project website, foreigners from anywhere in the world can order an inscription on any projectile that will fly towards russian invaders. The platform developers are sure that Ukraine’s foreign friends also wish to help the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroy russians who have been destroying nations and breaking families’ lives for a long time. Proceeds from an order go directly to the “Come Back Alive” Charity Foundation account. The minimum cost of getting a photo with a “revenge” is 500 dollars. The upper threshold is unlimited.
The “Postcards from Ukraine” project was established to capture and demonstrate the damage caused to Ukrainian culture by russian invaders as a result of bombing and shelling during the full-scale war. Among other things, the postcards feature how the outstanding buildings, museums, monuments look like before and after destruction. For example, the list includes the tallest building in Ukraine — the Kyiv TV Tower, and one of the oldest country’s zoos — Mykolaiv Zoo. To make the world aware of invaders’ destruction of Ukrainian culture, the project organizers call for sharing the postcards via social media and sending them to influencers.
The German musician Christoph Mueller launched the We Play for Ukraine project, which encourages orchestras from all over the world to unite. Musicians from different countries will jointly perform the themes from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and the National Anthem of Ukraine. And thus to declare military aggression against Ukraine to the whole world. A number of professional teams have already joined the project, in particular, the Odesa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Doctors involved in NoScar all-Ukrainian initiative are already demonstrating the first results of their work. For example, Tetiana, a resident of Zhytomyr oblast and a victim of an airstrike, is completing a course of treatment. The girl suffered severe shrapnel wounds to her face. She was treated by a plastic surgeon from Kyiv, Sergey Korolyuk. Within a few months of work, he managed to almost completely eliminate marks from stitches on the patient’s face.
NoScar is an all-Ukrainian initiative that has attracted the best plastic surgeons from all over the country, who carry out aesthetic corrections of scars obtained as a result of russia’s military aggression for free.
First four students have already passed the exam at “FEMALE PILOTS OF UKRAINE” school, which was established this fall in Kyiv region. These women had to take their exam in extremely difficult weather conditions, but they managed.
The first female drone pilot school in the country was founded by Valerii Borovyk, a member of the National Guard. The main goal of the institution is to give every Ukrainian woman the necessary skills to defend the state.
2,000 forgotten bicycles from Amsterdam Bicycle Depot will be donated to Ukraine. One batch will arrive at the end of this week. Bicycles are intended primarily for doctors, social workers and volunteers who help people in the de-occupied territories. The first batches of two-wheelers will be distributed among communities in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, and Chernihiv regions.
The renovated Mental Health Center launched in Lviv will provide free consultations for Ukrainian military and their families. The Center plans to employ at least 8 specialists: psychiatrists, psychotherapists, a psychologist and a cognitive-behavioral therapist. Over the past five months, specialists of the Mental Health Center within the National Rehabilitation Center “Nezlamni“ have been advising civilians and military personnel affected by the war on a daily basis. Now they will do that in updated comfortable settings. All expenses for repair and equipment of the Mental Health Center premises were covered by the Lviv IT Cluster.
Ukrainian military and animal advocates of UAnimals rescued a bear who was shell-shocked near the de-occupied Lyman. After the liberation of the city, the injured animal was found locked in the cubicle. The private zoo was occupied, but the bear miraculously survived. Volunteers took the bear to the wild animal rescue center in Kyiv region.
Posts of American businessman Elon Musk once again became viral on Twitter because of his statements about Ukraine, and those about the Crimea among them. However, according to Ukrainian historians’ work, his statements are manipulative and untrue oftentimes. For example, Yaroslav Hrytsak, Holder of Doctorate Degree in History, Professor at the Ukrainian Catholic University, explains in his podcast how the Ukrainian nation was formed and why such statements follow on russian colonial propaganda. And Vladlen Maraiev, Candidate of Historical Sciences, author of the science-based YouTube channel “History Without Myths”, proves in his numerous videos that Crimea is an integral part of Ukraine, and not the “Khrushchov’s mistake”.
Metinvest Group together with fundraising platform UNITED24, the Ministry of Digital Transformation and SOVA jewelry house released a limited series of bracelets called “A Symbol of Perseverance. Azovstal”. They are made of the last batch of steel from Azovstal Steelworks in Mariupol.
10,000 bracelets were made out of the last batch of steel produced in February at Azovstal Steelworks in Mariupol by order of fundraising platform UNITED24. The bracelet, weighing 5 grams, cost UAH 1,500, and all proceeds went to the “Army of Drones” project. The Ukrainians bought the whole batch of bracelets on day one. Currently, the organizers of the campaign are busy producing the second batch.
For reference: The steel that was used to make the bracelets was also used to make a spaceship launch pad in 1981 and a new sarcophagus at Chornobyl nuclear power plant in 2012.
In 2022, the plate rolling facility, where steel had been produced for many years, became one of the places where the defenders of Mariupol heroically protected the city.
The Center for Civil Liberties, a Ukrainian NGO, became one of the laureates of the Nobel Peace Prize. “ After russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Center for Civil Liberties has engaged in efforts to identify and document russian war crimes against the Ukrainian civilian population. In collaboration with international partners, the center is playing a pioneering role with a view to holding the guilty parties accountable for their crimes,” — the committee stated.
In Boryspil, Kyiv region, 19 apartments were handed over to refugee families by the State Fund for Support of Youth Housing Construction. The apartments were purchased for the temporary residence of IDPs, primarily large families and families whose homes were destroyed as a result of the russian aggression in Zhytomyr, Kyiv, Sumy, and Chernihiv regions. According to the program, citizens receive “turn-key” apartments with repairs, furniture and household appliances. Earlier, 9 families received social housing in Sumy, 2 families in Romny, Sumy region, and 21 families in Chernihiv.
Serhii, the 22-years old Ukrainian soldier, was blown up by a mine in May of this year — on the anniversary of meeting his girlfriend Iuliia. The guy lost his arm and decided to break with his girlfriend not to burden her. However, Iulia found the fighter and proposed marriage to him. Now the couple is in the Center “NEZLAMNI” of the First Medical Association of Lviv. Here Serhii is being prepared for prosthetic repair. Jointly with Dobro.ua charity platform, the Center raises funds for a modern bionic prosthetic arm for the defender. It costs 20,000–40,000 euros.
At Ukraine’s request, a special tribunal is being established in The Hague for putin and russia’s political leadership. The russian elite will be tried for the aggression crimes against Ukraine. Leading international lawyers take part in tribunal proceedings. As well as the Ukrainian working group for establishing the special tribunal. The court may commence operations as far as in a year.
On October 10, as a result of large-scale missile attack on Kyiv, several museums were damaged at once: the National Science and Natural History Museum of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, the Taras Shevchenko National Museum and the Khanenko Museum. Fortunately, the collections were not damaged, but museum buildings were damaged, windows were broken. The losses are still under assessment, but it is already clear that they are fairly significant. In order to resume their work as quickly as possible, museums ask for support. Charitable accounts have been opened for those who are willing to support museums with funds.
The parents of the physician Oksana were shot by russians in the car during their attempts to evacuate themselves from Bucha (the couple moved there from Luhansk region two days before the full-scale russia’s invasion). The woman’s mother died at the scene, and her father was injured. Oksana decided to operate on him with no outside help, in the private hospital where she worked.
Subsequently, Oksana and her family moved to the Ivano-Frankivsk region. She and her sister established the “Nash Sokil” Charity Foundation in memory of their deceased mother. The foundation helps displaced persons with evacuation and find shelter, and also sends assistance to those in need among other things.
Moreover, Oksana headed the “Dobrobut-Fundatsiia” Charity Foundation, where she together with her colleagues provides free medical care to war victims: both civilians and military.
What Boris Johnson, Andrzej Duda or Antony Blinken will have for dinner on their way to the Ukrainian capital is decided by Ievhen Klopotenko, the Ukrainian chief cook and restaurateur. Together with Ukrzaliznytsia, he represents Ukraine for foreign politicians by means of our ethnic cuisine. So, currently, Ievhen has held a master class for diplomatic flight pilots: they learned how to properly serve ready meals. The restaurateur is convinced that the hours spent by politicians in trains on their way to Kyiv can positively influence their decisions regarding Ukraine. And adequately selected dishes of Ukrainian cuisine should help this.
Major Ukrainian retailers, carriers and communication operators cut electricity consumption to reduce the load on power infrastructure hit by russia’s massive shelling. They had not to do that, but decided to support the Ukrainians in such a “flash mob”. For example, Nova Poshta delivery service announced that it turned off all signs and needless lighting to avoid loading the grids during peak hours. Kyivstar mobile operator did the same. ALLO, COMFY and EpicentrK equipment sellers joined the campaign too.
Animal advocates launched fundraising for Bretsel’s evacuation to South Africa. During the recent missile attacks by russians in Kyiv oblast, the animal was scared by loud sounds, tried to escape and was injured against the cubicle. In addition to Bretsel, another 11 lions that were taken out of flash points and a bear are being collected for evacuation.
The nationwide project “Tachka Na TROkachku” (the analog of Pimp My Ride TV show) is aimed at restoration for the front line of military trucks that are currently out of commission or damaged as a result of military operations. The project will be launched on October 18 at 11:00 AM in a car repair shop which is engaged in old cars restoration. The presentation will be attended by Ihor Tantsiura, Major General, Commander of the Territorial Defense Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine; Roman Horodechnyi, Senior Lieutenant, co-founder of the project; Viktor Shevchenko, Junior Lieutenant, Logistics Officer of the Headquarters of the Territorial Defense Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, co-founder of the project; Andrii Ovchynnyk, Mechanic Supervisor at the car repair shop. Journalists in Kyiv will be able to see and film the cars repair process. Pre-registration is required to participate in the presentation. For security reasons, the venue will be informed by organizers to the registered participants on the day before the event.
Mykola Kulish Music and Drama Theater from the temporarily occupied Kherson announced a tour of Ukraine with a solo performance “The Cat On the Memory of Darkness.” This is a story about 8 years of life in war-settings in Donbas, as well as the reality in which Ukrainians from Kherson, Zaporizhia, Luhansk regions and a part of Kharkiv region found themselves. The first performance will take place on October 20 in Kropyvnytskyi, followed by Mykolaiv and Odesa. In total, performances in 7 cities of Ukraine are planned.
For information: in May, the occupation authorities of Kherson appointed a man who had previously worked there as a security guard to lead the Mykola Kulish Music and Drama Theater. And in July, invaders set up a warehouse of artillery ammunition in the theater.
October 19 — A Day for Unbreakable. Previously, Ukrainians were encouraged to transfer a one-day salary for prostheses for those who suffered due to the war. The general purpose of the campaign is to collect 100 mln hryvnias. Last year, October 19 was A Day for Viktoriia Poliuha. At that time, 50 mln hryvnias were collected for the girl diagnosed with SMA.
Heorhii Molchanov’s craft winery “SliVino” is located near Mykolaiv and suffers from russian shelling, as well as the city. However, even under such conditions, the enterprise does not discontinue working. Now farmers together with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Ukraine decided to raffle off the unique bottle of Grad Cru to raise money for the purchase of vehicles for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This wine is made from the “war” grape harvest 2022, which survived the shelling with russian MLRS and got on the Daily Telegraph pages. And its label features a modified BM-21 Grad combat vehicle with an uncorked bottle of champagne instead of a multiple launch rocket system.
37-year old Roman Poltavets was injured on June 19 in the Kharkiv region. That day, the soldier noticed a tripwire hidden in leaves. Roman alerted his friends to the danger and allowed them to leave the dangerous place first. When the explosion occurred, Roman’s comrades were not injured, but he lost his leg.
As soon as in October, a team of surgeons, prosthetists, rehabilitation specialists and psychotherapists of Rehabilitation Center “Nezlamni“ in Lviv made a decision that the man was ready for the prosthesis delivery and started working. Only a week passed from the moment when Roman entered the Center with crutches, and left without them.
More than 50,000 women currently serve in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, of which 3.5 thousand are high-ranking officers. And not all of them are equipped with comfortable uniforms. The “Arm Women Now” project was launched to provide every woman in the Ukrainian army with military uniform. The first batches of uniforms are already at the front line. Now, with a specially designed women’s uniform, defenders on the front line will start receiving tactical uniforms and thermal underwear. Everything is Made in Ukraine of high-quality fabric and according to the female body structure.
The fifth wave of ZSU Meet charity meetings starts in Ukraine. This time it is dedicated to the liberation of Kherson.
According to organizers’ idea, you can buy a meeting with the charity auction participants and the funds received will go to the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The previous waves were joined by celebrities and people from abroad. In general, during the term of the charity initiative’s existence, about 400,000 hryvnias were collected for the military’s needs. This time, it is planned to raise 130,000 hryvnias for repair of a pickup necessary to the military in the South of the country.
Maksym Lutsyk, Rostyslav Stoika, and Rostyslav Bilyi, Professors at Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University, developed a hemostatic agent that now saves the lives of Ukrainian soldiers. They got to work on it back in 2014, after russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Two years later, they patented it. And now, at the cost of American investors, they produce the hemostatic agent and send it to the front at no charge. When this hemostatic agent comes into contact with blood, it forms a viscous gel, which helps stop bleeding. In some respects, the “Blood Clotting Activator”, as the scientists called it, surpassed “Celox”, the well-established on the market drug produced in the UK.
Serhiy Zhadan, the Ukrainian writer, is awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. The award was presented for creativity and humanitarian stance, assistance to civilians and military.
Since the beginning of the full-scale russian invasion, Serhiy Zhadan has remained in Kharkiv, which is constantly attacked by russians. The writer is engaged in volunteering, helping the Ukrainian military and civilians of the city.
For reference: The Peace Prize of the German Book Trade is an annual award of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association presented since 1950. Hermann Hesse, Karl Jaspers, Janusz Korczak, Astrid Lindgren, Orhan Pamuk and Margaret Atwood have been previously presented this award.
A landfill of russian projectiles used by invaders to fire at the city since February 24 has appeared in Kharkiv. The landfill contains thousands of remnants: they are “Grads”, “Uragans”, “Smerches” and “Tornadoes-S”. All remnants of ammunition in “landfills” are safe. They are kept to have an evidence base of crimes committed by rf in Kharkiv.
Totally, as of October 20, more than 1,500 civilians, including 76 children, have been killed in the Kharkiv region since the beginning of full-scale war of rf in Ukraine.
Lviv Organ Hall has responded to calls to save electricity. Therefore, until the end of this month, it will hold all its events with minimal power consumption.
Recently, due to massive missile strikes on critical infrastructure facilities in Lviv, power outages have occurred. Before the beginning of one of the concerts in Lviv Organ Hall, power outage occurred, so the entire symphony orchestra played half of the concert for the audience in complete darkness. They highlighted their scores with small lanterns.
The team of the Non-Profit Organization “Countrywomen” works on the animated series about life in occupied Mariupol based on the diary of the local resident named Nataliia. The series is called “Mariupol. Civilian’s Military Chronicles”. The first 3 episodes have already been released. The creators of the animated film release a new episode every week. The latter will be released on February 24 — the anniversary of the beginning of a full-scale russian invasion. Now the series is made in Ukrainian and Russian, and it is also planned to create English-language version of “Mariupol”.
For reference: The “Countrywomen” project was initiated by Kseniya Draganuk, presenter and journalist, to tell the world about incredible Ukrainian women. After the full-scale invasion of russia, the project turned into a non-profit organization with a volunteer headquarters that supports Ukrainian military women.
In Kharkiv, volunteers weave camouflage nets from russian military uniforms. When the Ukrainian Armed Forces liberated the Kharkiv region, the enemies left not only their weapons, but also their uniforms. Now volunteers chop these clothes with axes to make it easier to cut them into strips and weave nets.
On October 27, at 10:00 AM, Kharkiv will host a demonstration and a handover of “Kazhan” (Bat) combat drones, which were purchased at the expense of Kharkiv residents. The cost of 3 drones is UAH 1.7 million, each of them is capable of lifting about 20 kilograms of cargo.
The demonstration for the journalists will show how drones rise into the air. It will be possible to get comments from the military about the application of the drones.
Odesa developers have launched “yePPO” (We Have Air Defense) application, and the first russian missile has already been shot down with the aid of this app. The application allows citizens to report missiles, drones and aircraft, and it is already available on Google Play. Volunteer programmers got aid in creating this app from Operational Command “South,” the Ukrainian Navy and the Ministry of Digital Transformation. At a Media Center Ukraine — Odesa briefing on October 27, the creators of the app will tell where the idea to create it came from, whose help they are most looking forward to in the app, and when it will appear on the AppStore.
UAH 4.5 million are needed for the restoration of Chernihiv Central Library named after Kotsyubynskyi, which was partially destroyed by the russians during an aerial bombing on February 27. The Ministry of Culture of Ukraine announced this on its social media. The building’s roof and walls are damaged, windows are missing, internal partitions and doors were knocked out, and the heating system is destroyed. A part of the library’s catalog was also lost. Therefore, to restore the institution, the Ministry launched a special platform for collecting funds.
Mariupol Art School Named After Arkhip Kuindzhi, the building of which was completely destroyed by russian invaders, resumed its work in Lviv. 2022 marks the 50 anniversary of the School establishment. During the period of operation, more than three thousand people graduated from it. About 40 students started studying in Lviv.
Serhii Revenko, architect, and Mykyta Solopov, translator, establish a digital archive of Ukrainian heritage, which is being or can be destroyed by russians during the full-scale war. In such a manner, the volunteers try to capture the visual history of the country. The scanned objects include the school and the fire station in Kharkiv, the Ascension Church, the Youth Library in Chernihiv, the destroyed Irpinskyi Bridge and the historic building in Kyiv destroyed during the large-scale missile strike on October 17. Serhii Revenko is ready to scan the new heritage together with journalists and talk about why this project is important for him.
In early October, the Security Service of Ukraine published a video that went viral. In this video, Ukrainian Special Forces in Zaporizhia are shooting down the russian Ka-52 attack helicopter, also known as “Alligator”, using the “Igla” MANPADS developed back in the 70s. In addition to the “Igla”, several other valuable lots are being raffled off at the auction. And all the proceeds will go to the purchase of drones for the same unit that shot down the enemy helicopter with MANPADS.
In September, 66-years’ old Iryna went to the market in Bakhmut for groceries and came under fire. The woman lost one leg, and the other was injured. In a local hospital, she lost consciousness, then she was taken to Dnipro, where she was under coma for 6 days. At this time, due to confusion, her family was informed that she had died.
Subsequently, Iryna reunited with her family. Now the woman is in the National Rehabilitation Center “NEZLAMNI” of the First Medical Association of Lviv. She is being prepared for prosthetic repair.
Keep Going, the Ukrainian project, provides financial support to Ukrainians who move the victory closer, and tells their stories. In particular, now they help raise funds for an engraving machine for Kateryna Uvarova from the Kharkiv region who makes and sells accessories from shot casings. They also help raise money to purchase a refrigerator for flowers for Oksana Dubyk, a migrant from Mariupol, who together with two countrywomen established a flower shop in Lviv.
Among the Keep Going’s achievements: 600,000 hryvnias raised for Oleksandr Kryvosheia, the farmer from Kyiv region, who in March brought Ukrainian artillery to his own warehouse captured by russians. Those who received support include also Oleksandr Shchelokov, the owner of Mi-Lo-Ko Craft Cheese Factory in Kyiv region. In farms where he procured milk, goats were killed during missile attacks.
Kseniya Draganuk, presenter and journalist, initiated the “Countrywomen” project to tell the world about incredible Ukrainian women. After a full-scale invasion, the project turned into a volunteer headquarters that supports Ukrainian military women. Kseniya, together with her friends, began to collect boxes of humanitarian aid for each of them. Over time, relationships with large foundations and organizations were established. The girl has already opened the “Countrywomen” Non-Profit Organization and plans to receive grants to develop the headquarters. During the period of its existence, the “Countrywomen” have helped several hundred women. Kseniya tries to keep in touch with each of them and know about their needs at the front line. Kseniya publishes the stories of heroines assisted by the non-profit organization in “Countrywomen’s” Instagram.
The couple of photographers, Kostiantyn and Vlada Liberovs, published a series of photos featuring Liubov Plaksiuk, the first woman who headed the artillery unit of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Intriguingly, until 2016, she worked as a history teacher.
Recall that Liberovs take photos of the war in flash point cities of the country. During this time, they have taken hundreds of photos presented in their social media and even on cover pages of world periodicals. Formerly, Kostiantyn’s photo capturing the Ukrainian defender who held in hands a watermelon against the background of the operating multiple launch rocket system, spread over the Internet and became very popular.
Rubizhne Hosiery Manufactory, the factory of which was destroyed by russians during the capture of the city, moved to Lviv. In the Western Ukraine, they decided to continue operation: found a site, purchased the equipment and already sewed the first socks. A part of the employees also left the Luhansk region and continued their work at the enterprise.
Before the full-scale russian invasion and occupation of Rubizhne, the factory had operated successfully for more than 20 years.
Mad Heads will release a new song dedicated to all Ukrainians. Its title is “We Are Ukrainians, We Can Do Everything”. The track was worked on in Kyiv at various studios with those Mad Heads’ musicians who could reunite at that time.
According to Vadym Krasnooky, leader of Mad Heads band, the time of heroic stories of this war, where we will talk about losses that will have to be lamented, is still ahead. He believes that in the meantime we need such songs as “We Are Ukrainians, We Can Do Everything” that can inspire us to fight and win.
For the first time in public, musicians will present the song on November 1 at 2:00 PM in the hall of the Media Center Ukraine — Ukrinform.
Almost 400 people in the Sumy region are employed within the scope of the “Army of Restoration” project, which provides involvement of unemployed Ukrainians to constructive social works. Tetiana Berezhna, Deputy Minister of Economy of Ukraine, formerly made this statement. According to her, the list of constructive social works may include timber harvesting for the needs of military and civilians, unloading humanitarian aids, strengthening of dams, clearing the roads of building debris, providing assistance to IDPs, people with disabilities and the elderly. People receive salaries for their work.
Important notice: journalists can see how the project is implemented in practice.
Andriy Danylko (the artist also goes by the nickname Verka Serduchka) decided to sell the Silver Shadow Rolls-Royce of the year 1974 by the Sotheby’s auction. It was the car that Freddie Mercury drove until the last days of his life. Danylko will donate all the proceeds to construction of a rehabilitation center in Ukraine. The auction will be held on November 5 in London. Earlier, the artist had bought this legendary car to present it to the Queen Museum or make it a part of a large exhibition in Ukraine, but now he decided to invest in the country’s future.
The host of the morning radio show helps pensioners in the Kyiv region. In particular, in localities affected by russian occupation. For this purpose, the girl founded the Charitable Foundation “Yulia’s Grannies”. One of the main activities of the Foundation is guardianship of the elderly and single people. Now the fund has five employees who regularly go to nursing homes in the Kyiv region, bring aid and just communicate with grannies and grandpas.
Despite the power outage in the country, Ukrposhta does not plan to stop its activities. Among other things, the postal service is purchasing generators, flashlights for employees, and installing Starlinks at key branches. In addition, it became known earlier that Ukrposhta has already resumed the work of 48 branches in Kharkiv, Donetsk and Kherson regions. Currently, postal workers are providing services in more than 100 liberated settlements.
“Female Pilots of Ukraine” school, which teaches women to fly drones, has already received more than 100 applications from those willing to learn. Now the school is preparing to recruit two groups. 12 girls will be able to become cadets after the 2-stage selection. A total of 2 cohorts of female students have already graduated from “Female Pilots of Ukraine” school.
The first female drone pilot school in the country was founded by Valerii Borovyk, a member of the National Guard of Ukraine. The main goal of the institution is to give every Ukrainian woman the necessary skills to defend the state.
Ukrainian researchers of urban spaces and the quality of urban life have started work on an interactive map of locations with autonomous power. They are looking for places in the city that can work even during blackouts due to having generators and other equipment. The list will include not only coffee shops, but also stores, beauty salons, and car service stations. They have already done other studies in different cities of Ukraine focusing on air quality, accessibility to public transport, educational institutions and medical services.
Lviv authorities promise to return 50% of the cost of generators purchased by residents of high-rise apartment houses. In that perspective, the city has adopted a separate scheme of compensation for the cost of these devices. However, the amount of compensation should not exceed 30,000 hryvnias. According to Andriy Sadovyi, the Lviv Mayor, in order to receive compensation, residents should purchase a generator and submit the relevant documents via the Center for Administrative Services Provision or the electronic addresses service, and the district administration will return a part of funds.
Leading Ukrainian charity foundations — “Come Back Alive”, Charity Foundation of Serhiy Prytula, and Bon Charity Foundation — will sell war trophies by online auctions in Prozorro.Sale state electronic trading system. A regular radio station from the Charity Foundation “Come Back Alive”, which was removed from the destroyed IFV of the enemy in Mykolaiv region, a fragment of the russian TOR air defense system from the Bon Foundation, which was shot down by the Ukrainian military in the south, and a military chemical intelligence device from the Prytula’s Foundation, brought by volunteers from near Vyshgorod, from where russians planned to capture Kyiv “in 2–3 days” were put up for charity auctions the first. In general, such auctions will be held in the Prozorro.Sale system during November. Everyone will be able to compete for lots, and money from the sale of trophies will go to the accounts of foundations to buy aid to the Ukrainian military. Generally, Prozorro.Sale launched charity auctions back in March 2022. UAH 6.8 million was raised to help the army and for humanitarian needs.
Mykolaiv has already installed 4 concrete shelters for city residents. There they will be able to hide during air-raid warnings. Shelters are reinforced, properly certified and can protect against debris or a blast wave. Each of them is designed for 15 seats for short-term stays.
In addition, Vitaly Gidevan and Elena Noina, the known Kyiv artists, painted the walls of shelters to make them look more attractive.
More than 23,000 hectares of forests were burned by rockets or shells during russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine. It will take at least 10 years to restore them, and 20% of nature conservation areas of Ukraine are affected by military operations. So, UAnimals NGO launched a petition calling for the russian federation to be held accountable for environmental crimes. They appeal to the European parliaments to help stop environmental crimes, condemn the actions of the russian federation and introduce additional sanctions against the terrorist country. In addition the European parliaments are asked to facilitate the restoration of Ukraine’s environment in the post-war period, in particular, via reparations.
The authorities of Lviv promise to return 50% of the cost of generators purchased by residents of high-rise buildings. For this purpose, the city adopted a separate Program for reimbursement of the cost of these appliances. However, the amount of compensation should not exceed UAH 30,000. According to Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi, in order to receive compensation, residents must purchase a generator and submit the relevant documents through Administrative Service Centers or the electronic application service, and the district administration will return a part of the funds.
At 11:00 AM on November 8, representatives of the Lviv City Council will tell more about this initiative at Media Center Ukraine.
Volunteers of Dia-Dzen patients’ organization deliver diabetes medicines to the occupied territories. Yuliya Kuklina, Co-Founder of Dia-Dzen says that these trips often take several weeks. In particular, the organization managed to deliver a box of insulin to the temporarily occupied Berdyansk in Zaporizhia. There, the volunteer of the team had to simply distribute the medicine on the street, because there was no normal mobile communication in the city. Volunteers of the organization also go to the de-occupied territories, in particular, to Kharkiv region, because insulin-dependent people will need the drug and can live without it for only a few weeks.
For several months in a row, beauty volunteers have been traveling through the de-occupied towns and villages of Kyiv region: manicurists, hairdressers, make-up artists and massage therapists work with local residents for free. In particular, they visited Bucha, Dymer, Katyuzhanka and many other places. The idea of beauty volunteering for de-occupied villages belongs to make-up artist Olha Belytska. In the spring, she and her colleagues did beauty treatments for the patients of Okhmatdyt in Kyiv and saw that some women, having barely recovered from shell and cluster bomb attacks, complained that they were staying there with their hair uncombed and with no makeup. So, together with like-minded people, Olha comes to the de-occupied settlements of Kyiv region every week to help people who survived the horrors of occupation to feel beautiful again.
“Time of Stories” project tells the stories of Ukrainians, each of whom is fighting on their own front. Among them are celebrities who took up arms, as well as brave volunteers who reach the most inaccessible places and deliver help. The next meeting of the project will take place in Lviv on December 15 and will be called “Warriors of Light — 2″. The organizers will tell more about the event on November 9 at 1:00 PM at Media Center Ukraine.
Scientists of Lviv Polytechnic National University are developing pioneering inventions necessary for the Ukrainian military. For instance, they presented smoke signal grenades that can be used by the military on the battlefield to mark a spot or territory. The presentation also featured fire extinguishing grenades. They rapidly reduce the temperature and eliminate fire in enclosed areas, for example, in dugouts or cars. They also showcased hydrogel dressing that helps to disinfect and heal wounds. All developments were created at the expense of the Lviv Oblast Military Administration. This year, UAH 5 million were allocated for new developments.
Since February 25, Helping to Leave project team managed to help about 133,000 people, who received informational, financial, psychological assistance, or were transported to a safe area. In particular, more than 43,000 people were able to leave the war zone. The operators fully organized the entire evacuation process: from route development to constant online support.
Helping to Leave is a 24-hour hotline to help Ukrainians affected by the russian military invasion and genocide. The goal of the project is to help people get the necessary humanitarian aid, evacuate from the war zone to safe territories. In addition, they hold evacuation both from the Ukrainian territories temporarily occupied by russia and from the territories of the russian federation, where Ukrainians were forcibly deported.
The Maltese Aid Service has opened a new special project to help people, in particular, in the regions bordering the frontlines and those on the frontline. These are Odesa, Kherson, Mykolaiv, Zaporizhia, Dnipropetrovsk and Kharkiv regions. As part of the “Winter Relief” program, people receive help with repairing houses damaged by shelling and preparing buildings for the cold season. In particular, about 130 houses have already been restored. It is also planned to deliver 300 power generators to communities in various regions so that residents can charge their phones and stay in touch with relatives. In addition, 2,000 families should receive “winter kits”, which will include a power bank, an LED flashlight, a sleeping bag and a set of products that do not require cooking.
Ukrainian football referee Dmytro Kubryak, who had been held captive by the russians for 5 months, gave his first interview after returning home. Dmytro, in addition to working as a football referee, was a medic, and was captured in Mariupol, together with Azovstal defenders. He spent 5 months in the colony in Olenivka on the temporarily occupied territory. His story about the horrors of captivity and emotions upon returning home was published on the official website of the Ukrainian Association of Football.
For several months, a journalist from Kherson worked for the Ukrainian media under the conditions of occupation: she filmed anti-russian rallies on her smartphone and went live while hiding her face. After spending more than six months in the occupation, the woman decided to leave for Ukraine-controlled territory, but the russians kept her at the checkpoint for almost a month, so she had to live with strangers or even in the premises of a church. Now the journalist works for a Ukrainian TV channel and plans to return home soon.
On November 12, Marathon of the Indomitable charity race will start in Hostomel. The purpose of the race is to raise funds for the creation of the “Center for Psychological Assistance and Rehabilitation for Military Personnel” in Kharkiv region. Paratrooper Maksym Pasichnyk will run the half-marathon. He took part in the operation to liberate the Antonov airport and spent 10 days walking more than 100 kilometers to leave the enemy rear together with his comrades. The half-marathon will pass through Bucha and Irpin, and will end at the recently restored bridge in Stoyanka. Anyone who wants to participate will be able to follow the race online. The organizers plan to collect UAH 300,000 during the half-marathon, with these funds they will start the creation of a Center for the rehabilitation of military personnel.
Ukrainian Research Institute of Defense Technologies together with the factory for the production of personal protective equipment developed special protective equipment for journalists working in war zones. It consists of a kit of special gear for the press. The kit contains not only a bulletproof vest and a helmet, but also other items necessary for the journalist’s safety and convenience: holders, load bearing gear, a backpack, etc. Also, the developed PPE comes with recommendations on how exactly to use the above-mentioned inventions and how to behave in critical situations.
Anatolii Patii, a resident of Kyiv region, does not have an agricultural education, but he was able to invent his own technology for greenhouses and patent it. His farm, where oranges, lemons, tangerines and papayas bloom and bear fruit, is built according to his design. During the active phase of the war in the region, the russians stood 30 km from the village where Anatolii’s greenhouse is located. Explosions were heard all around, the heating did not work, and the weather got cold again. But the gardener’s plants survived even in the tropical part of his greenhouse.
Volunteers of “Zemliachky” (Countrywomen) charity organization sewed the first military uniform for a pregnant woman. The recipient of the uniform is the Ukrainian sniper Yevhenia Emerald. As is the case with other women serving in the ranks of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, the uniform was made to order, as to this day, the army still has a single uniform standard — men’s. Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, Zemliachky project has kept in touch with the women on the front lines and helped cover their needs. Boxes with hygiene products, sleeping bags, women’s thermal clothing, small berets and ultra-light plates for body armor are being sent to the front.
The State Administration of Railway Transport of Ukraine “Ukrzaliznytsia” launched the sale of charity tickets to temporarily occupied Simferopol, Donetsk, Luhansk, Mariupol, as well as recently liberated Kherson.
For now, the ticket can be kept as a symbol of faith that all of Ukraine will be liberated. It can be used immediately after de-occupation. A few hours after the sale started, 1,000 tickets were sold! And it was not Kherson that was the most sought after destination for the train to go to soon, but Simferopol.
With the proceeds from ticket sales, vehicles will be purchased that will help connect cities and towns in the de-occupied territories with the nearest railway junctions. You can buy tickets at this link.
Luxembourg has sent 30 3D scanners to Ukraine, which can be used to scan large areas and collect evidence of war crimes committed by the russians. The aid package includes not only scanners, but also internal software that allows users to scan large areas with all the objects found there. The information is then processed by a computer. In total, the project costs EUR 1.3 million.
Specialists of “MykolaVvodokanal” have already started the work to restore the supply of drinking water to the city. There was practically no drinking water in Mykolaiv since the beginning of the full-scale war. Teams of utility workers are working on sites where the 73-km long pipeline burst. They found 4 places of damage. Some of the damage looks as if the pipe was deliberately fired upon from tanks, the city says. The utility workers themselves tell how “MykolaivVodokanal” is restoring the supply of water to the city after the liberation of Kherson.
In peacetime, Pavlo Kashchuk was an expert on the automobile market and the host of a popular YouTube channel about cars. However, in 2014, he also became a volunteer and devoted a significant part of his time to strengthening Ukraine’s Armed Forces. Currently, Pavlo is researching the military equipment used by russia to attack us, he has thoroughly studied Iranian drones and helps the Ukrainian military train to shoot them down.
Alim Iakubov, Ukrainian Crimean photographer, a Crimean Tatar who returned to his historical homeland from Uzbekistan in 2008, just like other children of deported people. The exhibition contains portraits of Ukrainian LGBTIQ+ war heroes and heroines created by Alim. The exhibition is accompanied by Ukrainian heroes’ personal stories collected and described by Daphna Rachok, Ukrainian Scientist and Activist. The authors’ goal is to show unity and courage of the Ukrainian people who include the LGBTIQ+ community as an integral part. Everyone can communicate with them at the exhibition by prior arrangement
More than 50,000 women currently serve in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, of which 3.5 thousand are high-ranking officers. And not all of them are equipped with comfortable uniforms. The “Arm Women Now” project was launched to provide every woman in the Ukrainian army with military uniform. The first batches of uniforms are already at the front line. Now, with a specially designed women’s uniform, defenders on the front line will start receiving tactical uniforms and thermal underwear. Everything is Made in Ukraine of high-quality fabric and according to the female body structure.
The parents of the physician Oksana were shot by russians in the car during their attempts to evacuate themselves from Bucha (the couple moved there from Luhansk region two days before the full-scale russia’s invasion). The woman’s mother died at the scene, and her father was injured. Oksana decided to operate on him with no outside help, in the private hospital where she worked.
Subsequently, Oksana and her family moved to the Ivano-Frankivsk region. She and her sister established the “Nash Sokil” Charity Foundation in memory of their deceased mother. The foundation helps displaced persons with evacuation and find shelter, and also sends assistance to those in need among other things.
Moreover, Oksana headed the “Dobrobut-Fundatsiia” Charity Foundation, where she together with her colleagues provides free medical care to war victims: both civilians and military.
Due to the constant missile attacks of russian invaders, Ukrainian doctors must work in extreme conditions. In particular, in Lviv, cardiac surgeons were forced to perform a complex heart operation in semi-darkness due to a power outage. The hospital was powered by the generator; it was not therefore possible to undertake surgical intervention in full light.
Recall that on November 15, russian military massively shelled the Ukrainian power system. Therefore, emergency power cuts required to keep the power grid manageable have been introduced across the country.
Students of the “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute” University continue collecting electronic cigarettes, spare parts from which are needed at the front. Engineers use an electronic cigarette battery for ammunition discharge systems in UAVs for the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Also, “disposables” become spare parts for making batteries for drones themselves. In addition, they are used to make power banks for the Armed Forces. And after a wave of russian attacks on the energy system of Ukraine, engineers decided to even make chargers from disposables in dormitories.
They collect used cigarettes on the campus of the Polytechnic Institute. In addition, they agreed upon with ROZETKA stores, which also opened collection points.
Traumatologist Yuriy did not leave Izyum and continued to treat people during the occupation of the city. The local hospital was partially destroyed by shells. In order to protect themselves and their patients from shelling, doctors had to set up an operating room in the basement. However, there was a period when, during the occupation, Yuri remained the only doctor there. For rescuing the townspeople, the man was awarded the Order for Courage III third class.
A hundred people who lost their homes due to russia’s full-scale invasion have recently received the keys to 30 temporary apartments in Lviv region. For this purpose, the authorities and benefactors repaired an apartment building in the village of Neslukhiv. The accommodation includes the necessary furniture and household appliances. Families with children and elderly people will live there.
The team of the Charitable Organization “World Central Kitchen” was one of the first to arrive in the liberated Kherson to feed people. Recently, the President of Ukraine has awarded Jose Andres, the founder of the organization, the Order of Merit of Degree II. In addition, the sign with his name was placed on the Alley of Courage in the capital city.
For reference: WCK has been operating in Ukraine since the first days of the full-scale russian invasion. Generally, this organization provides funds and supplies products for making the food packages in countries and regions where humanitarian, climate or man-made crises occur.
The Lviv marketing agency has created an interactive map of Lviv public locations where people can charge their devices if there is no electricity at home or in the office. Places with their own shelters are also mapped. Lviv residents are asked to send their ideas and comments in order to improve the map.
Nine transplants from posthumous donors were carried out in Lviv within 30 hours. Despite massive shelling by russia, transplant specialists managed to transplant two hearts, a liver and six kidneys. For this, teams of almost a hundred specialists worked in extremely difficult conditions.
Yuriy Vernydub combines service in the Armed Forces of Ukraine with work as a coach of FC Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih.
After the start of russia’s full-scale invasion, Vernydub returned to Ukraine and joined the ranks of the Armed Forces. At the beginning of the summer, the man was appointed head coach of FC Kryvbas. By the order of the Commander-in-Chief of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, he was transferred to Kryvyi Rih, to the location of FC Kryvbas, for further military service. Vernydub is allowed to work with the club when he’s not on duty.
On November 29, at 4:30 PM, human rights defenders of “Helping to Leave” international project will hold an online press conference with the opportunity to talk with volunteers who help people in the occupation every day. If necessary, they will also help to meet with real witnesses and victims of war crimes who are ready to tell their stories.
In addition, “Helping to Leave” in partnership with Ukrainian foundations and other international organizations, launched a public campaign, the purpose of which is to explain to the international community that annexed lands cannot be given away in order to end the war. After all, this means leaving the people who live in these territories to fend for themselves.
“Helping to Leave” is a project that carries out a humanitarian mission to help Ukrainians affected by the military invasion and genocide committed by russia.
The first school in Ukraine, created using 3D printing technologies, is to be built in Lviv. The work was planned to start in October this year, but due to the massive shelling of Ukrainian cities, the decision was made to postpone the delivery of the 3D printer and the arrival of foreign specialists who work with it. Construction is now scheduled for spring.
It will take about a month to print this one-story building. The start of work is planned for the first warm days of spring, which are favorable for work with concrete. 99% of the materials that will be used in construction are of local origin.
Lun-misto website has launched an online map showing which businesses are open during power outages. So, for example, the “Power Map” features co-working spaces, coffee shops, gas stations, pharmacies, supermarkets, and home appliance stores. Among other things, such a map will help a person plan their day or meet their needs. Currently, there are over 8,000 places marked on it.
In Lviv, entrepreneurs can obtain assistance in purchasing electricity generators for work. Here vouchers for energy supply are planned to be introduced, which can be used by Lviv restaurateurs and food sellers. Such vouchers provide for a refund of 50% of the equipment cost, but not exceeding UAH 80,000. It will be a simple procedure: entrepreneurs will submit applications and a package of documents to the Center of Administrative Services Provision, and the expert committee will promptly review them and pass decisions.
A couple from Kharkiv started their own business: they developed and patented the design of candles in wood (Wood MOOD). The products are eco-friendly. Candles are non-disposable because they are equipped with wax cartridges, and use the wood intended for fuel. During the war, russian invaders destroyed a wood-working shop in the Kharkiv region, where candle bases were produced. In addition, a candle workshop in Kyiv region was looted. However, entrepreneurs managed to resume production: they found a workshop in Volyn and grant support programs and now their products are taking over the world.
Lviv Defense Cluster raised funds for the production of evacuation kits for children. Each set consists of a bulletproof vest and a helmet. Now the LDC is already completing the production of bulletproof vests and ordering the helmets. In next to no time, hundreds of children can be evacuated at the same time in protective kits.
Recall that Lviv Defense Cluster was addressed by the Juvenile Prevention Directorate of the National Police of Ukraine with a request to develop protective kits for children’s evacuation from the war zone and other dangerous areas.
“Numo Kozaky” (Come On Cossacks): this is the title of a new track released by Kalush Orchestra, winners of the current Eurovision Song Contest, jointly with Kozak Siromakha. “This is a song in which we wanted to convey the real Ukrainian spirit. Despite the cruelty of the enemy and the lack of any humanness in it, Ukrainian soldiers are driving it out further and further from our land! We believe that this song can become the anthem of our imminent Victory,” Oleg Psyuk, the Band Leader, said. He also added that with this song, the musicians wanted to show the strength and courage of Ukrainian men who are ready to give their lives for their native homeland daily.
Recall that the Kalush Orchestra band received a new cup of the Eurovision Song Contest winner. Previously, the band sold its winner’s cup at a charity auction for USD 900,000 to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
In the case of power outages for more than a day due to enemy attacks in Ivano-Frankivsk, you can see a heating bus point on the streets of the city. In such transport, people will be able to charge their mobile phones and keep warm. Among other things, there will be tables, thermos flasks and charging devices. Such a bus will run around the city and stop at final stops in different micro-districts (the organizers will communicate the exact route and schedule later). The travel is free. Currently, the works on the completion of the mobile wheeled point are still underway.
The Hryshko National Botanical Garden in Kyiv is preparing to save unique plants. Employees prepare firewood to heat greenhouses.
In addition, the Botanical Garden launched charitable fundraising for the purchase of pellets for heating the greenhouses. As of December 3, they managed to collect 1 mln hryvnias and procure the first 44 tonnes of pellets. Next week, they plan to purchase another 44 tonnes. Generally, the Botanical Garden wants to collect 10 mln hryvnias for heating the greenhouses.
For reference: the collection of Hryshko National Botanical Garden includes more than 4,000 tropical and subtropical plants that may not survive the winter.
The All-Ukrainian project “Mobile Doctors” invites the media to a press tour to Dobrianka village of Chernihiv Region (2 km from the border with Belarus) on December 10. Journalists will have the opportunity to see the work of the “hospital on wheels”, which has, in particular, its own laboratory and ultrasound room. The departure is scheduled at 6:00 AM from the center of Kyiv with a return at 10:00 PM.
“Mobile Doctors” is a team of professional doctors and nurses who help people in de-occupied communities of Ukraine. Medics go to places where there are no hospitals or pharmacies.
Ukrposhta invites journalists to a press tour in Kherson. In particular, Saint Nicholas will visit the city’s post office. In addition, the travel will be organized to villages of the Velyka Oleksandrivka district for media workers as required to show how Ukrposhta sets up work in the de-occupied territories of Kherson region (for example, issues pensions, brings parcels with medicines, etc.).
The host of the morning radio show helps pensioners in the Kyiv region. In particular, in localities affected by russian occupation. For this purpose, the girl founded the Charitable Foundation “Yulia’s Grannies”. One of the main activities of the Foundation is guardianship of the elderly and single people. Now the fund has five employees who regularly go to nursing homes in the Kyiv region, bring aid and just communicate with persons under care. On the holidays’ eve, the team goes to the foster house in Prybirsk of Kyiv region. “Yulia’s Grannies” urge Ukrainians to become a secret Santa and buy gifts for elderly gents.
Beauty volunteers who help residents of the liberated villages of Kyiv region, plan to come to the Chernihiv region settlements, which were severely affected by the occupation. Masters will manicure nails, put-on make-up, make hairstyles, haircuts for free to everyone who wishes and talk to people about their experiences. Such visits are planned to be made on a weekly basis.
For reference: The idea of beauty volunteering for the de-occupied villages belongs to Olha Belytska, Make-Up Artist. Together with like-minded people, Olha comes to de-occupied settlements of the Kyiv region weekly to help people who survived the horrors of the occupation feel beautiful again. For six months of work, beauty volunteers managed to serve more than a thousand people.
Knitters from different cities of Ukraine have joined for a common goal: to provide as many Ukrainian defenders as possible in the cold trenches with warm clothes. As well as, to give care. Participants of the “Zihrii” (warm up) movement knit warm hats, scarves, balaclavas, mittens and socks for Ukrainian soldiers. Those who cannot knit, but want to join the initiative, donate money for yarn.
According to Yulia Savostina, co-founder of the “Zihrii” (warm up) movement, they do not try to compete with tactical equipment for soldiers. Knitwear has a different purpose. “Soldiers can move somewhere or have a break, and they need, for example, to pick up tires at the post office, cook borshch after all, do some other things in the fresh air, and it is important that they are warm and comfortable. This is the intended use of socks, hats, balaclavas being knitted by our girls,” Yulia Savostina explains.
On November 1, the British lawyer Jason McKew filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court of London against Wagner PMC and Yevhen Prigozhin. Jason McKew represents the interests of a group of Ukrainians who have asked him to represent them in court. According to the lawyer, they decided to launch a campaign against putin’s war machine in order to receive reparations on behalf of Ukraine.
“This case will prove to the world that Wagner Group is terrorist contractors, and that putin is colluding with them to commit terrorist acts against the Ukrainian people, is engaged in terrorism financing,” Jason McKew said.
For reference: British lawyer Jason McKew has been representing victims of terror for many years, helping them achieve justice and receive compensation. As a co-founder and senior partner of the law firm McCue Jury and Partners LLP, he played a major role in the legal victories over the Real IRA, HAMAS organizations, as well as in the case against the Libyan Jamahiriya. Earlier this year, McCue Jury and Partners LLP successfully defended Eliot Higgins, Bellingcat CEO, in a lawsuit initiated by the Wagner PMC owner Yevhen Prigozhin.
In the SOS Shelter in Pyrohovo, Kyiv region, animals freeze to death due to electricity outages followed by heat interruptions. Cats take cold the hardest, and several animals have already died due to difficult conditions. Therefore, the administration of the shelter launched the fundraising to collect money for a generator to help the paws go through the winter.
For reference: SOS Animal Shelter in Pyrohovo is the oldest in Ukraine, it was founded in 1997 on the site of a former city landfill. For more than 20 years, the shelter in Pyrohovo has become a real home for paws. In the local veterinary clinic, animals are treated and sterilized.
Natalia Mykolaivna from the village of Lukashivka in Chernihiv region lost her home at the beginning of the full-scale war (during the first days of the russian occupation of the village). However, BUR volunteers together with Repair Together team managed to build a house from scratch for Natalia Mykolaivna. Currently, the activists from BUR are doing interior repairs, and journalists have the opportunity to film this process.
If more people join the volunteers of BUR, Ms. Natalia’s family will be able to move into their new home by Christmas.
Despite the all-out war, volunteers of “St. Nicholas’ Reindeer” project will deliver gifts to children almost all over Ukraine (they will also visit de-occupied cities).
The organizers say that they have already received over 1,500 letters from children. Most often, they ask St. Nicholas for peace. They also dream of soft toys that can be hugged, assembly toys, scooters, dolls, etc.
The premise of the project is that anyone can pick a child’s letter with a dream and fulfill it. Volunteers will deliver gifts, hold festive events and make a photo report. Currently, St. Nicholas’ helpers are sorting and packing delivered gifts for children in the city of Svitlovodsk, Kirovohrad region.
For reference: “St. Nicholas’ Reindeer” project was founded in 2015 in Kharkiv to support children from front-line settlements.
The world premiere of “Iron Butterflies” documentary will take place at the World Cinema Documentary Competition section of the Sundance Film Festival in January 2023. This is a documentary by Roman Liubyi that looks into the circumstances surrounding the downing of MH17, the narratives of russian propagandists about the event, and the world’s reaction to this crime. The film was produced by Babylon’13 film collective in cooperation with TRIMAFILM and RBB/ARTE from Germany. The authors dedicated this film not only to the passengers and crew of flight MH17, but also to all the victims of russian aggression against Ukraine, says film director Roman Liubyi.
At the end of March, the village of Rudnytske in Kyiv region was liberated from the russian military. For more than a month, the settlement had continuously been targeted by russian artillery. As a result, dozens of houses were destroyed or seriously damaged.
In the summer, several charitable foundations combined their efforts to help 8 local residents, whose homes were affected the most, spend the winter in warm and undamaged houses. The project costing UAH 900,000 was called the “Phoenix of Rudnytske,” because some buildings were literally rebuilt from the ashes.
On December 13, a symbolic “housewarming party” will take place in some houses of Rudnytske village in Kyiv region: the initiators of the “Phoenix of Rudnytske” project will visit renovated houses and present gifts to their owners. Journalists will be able to talk to local residents who rebuilt their homes from the ruins, ask about life after the occupation and learn about the reconstruction of the settlement.
A scrapyard of russian shells used to attack the city since February 24 was created in Kharkiv. There are thousands of remnants of “Grad,” “Uragan,” “Smerch” and “Tornado-S” at the landfill. All ammunition remains at “scrapyards” are safe. They are kept in order to have an evidence base of crimes committed by the russian federation in Kharkiv.
The Russian Volunteer Corps, which is part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, consists of Russian citizens who have decided to defend Ukraine. Since August 2022, they have been fighting against the russian army. Oleksandr Fortuna, Chief of Staff of the Russian Volunteer Corps, explains: his goal is to do everything to turn russia into a good neighbor not only for Ukraine, but also for the whole world.
Since 2014, “Crimea,” volunteer military intelligence battalion led by commander Isa Akayev, has also been protecting Ukraine. Mostly the battalion includes Crimean Tatars, as well as Chechens and representatives of other peoples of the North Caucasus.
Oksana Dubyk from Mariupol found refuge in Lviv after her hometown was captured by the russians. The woman lives in a modular town and works in a flower shop, which she opened together with two other residents of Mariupol. In Lviv, Oksana is waiting for her husband, a 59-year-old Azovstal defender Ihor Dubyk. Ihor was captured by the russians on May 17. He was also in “Olenivka” penitentiary. On December 1, Ihor was released during the exchange of prisoners. The man is currently undergoing rehabilitation and awaiting surgery. Oksana and her children have already been able to meet him in the city where he is undergoing treatment.
About 3,000 people are employed as part of the “Recovery Army” project, which aims to involve unemployed Ukrainians in community service. This project is already being implemented in seven oblasts: Sumy, Chernihiv, Kyiv, Donetsk, Poltava, Rivne, and Zaporizhia.
The project allows unemployed Ukrainians to get paid for taking part in clearing rubble and rebuilding war-damaged housing, helping with gathering firewood for the military and the population. They can also unload or pack humanitarian aid, provide social services at Points of Invincibility, etc.
Currently, the largest number of unemployed people involved is in Sumy region, amounting to 725 individuals. Journalists can take a look at how the project is being implemented in practice.
This year, the authorities of Kharkiv refused to celebrate the New Year on Svobody Square because of russia’s full-scale invasion. Despite this, the Christmas tree was still installed, but underground, at the “Universitet” metro station. Also, festive decorations were put up on other stations to create a festive atmosphere for the townspeople and people who found refuge in Kharkiv.
For reference: due to russia’s full-scale invasion, the movement of trains in the Kharkiv metro was stopped, and the stations were used as bomb shelters from February 24 to May 24, 2022. Now the subway is working as usual.
The performance was organized by the efforts of Looking at the Stars Canadian Foundation, with the support of All-Ukrainian Forum for Democracy NGO, People-Army volunteer initiative, and Izium community in Ukraine.
Performer Darius Mažintas, Vice President of Looking at the Stars Canadian Foundation, representatives of Ukrainian partners and volunteers of Izyum will be available for comments after the performance.
In July of this year, a barely alive 40-year-old woman from Bakhmut named Oksana was dug out of a 5-meter-deep crater formed as a result of a russian missile hit. Oksana was taken to a hospital in Dnipro in extremely serious condition. She had shrapnel wounds in her right lung and liver, extensive wounds to the left shoulder, an open fracture of both legs and the right arm. Doctors fought for her life in the intensive care unit for eleven days. As soon as it was possible to stabilize her condition, Oksana was taken by evacuation train to “Unbroken” National Rehabilitation Center in Lviv. Here, doctors performed a complex reconstructive surgery: the tissue from the patient’s back was transplanted to her limb, and her leg was saved from amputation. Oksana has a few more bone surgeries ahead of her, but she will definitely be able to walk.
Olena and her team were finishing preparations for the opening of their dream restaurant in Hostomel, Kyiv region. They invested a year of work in the restaurant, which was supposed to open its doors on March 8, 2022. But a week and a half before the opening, russia launched a full-scale invasion into Ukraine. russian paratroopers landed at the city’s airport, and later, the russians completely destroyed Olena’s not yet opened establishment. However, despite the huge losses and uncertainty during the full-scale war, the team was able to open a restaurant, but in Kyiv.
Some residents of the villages of Horenka and Moschun in Kyiv region, where active hostilities took place in February-March, still live in half-destroyed houses without heating, water and power. Some of them refused to move to modular houses, as suggested by local authorities. Instead, they are banding together to survive the winter, heating their apartments with potbelly stoves or warming themselves up in special tents, and sleeping in warm jackets.
After the start of russia’s full-scale invasion into Ukraine, the village of Moschun and adjacent Horenka in Kyiv region became the site of fierce battles. It was the battle for Moschun that became decisive in the defense of the capital. Most of the residential buildings here have been destroyed.
Mitzi Purdue, an American presenter, writer and philanthropist, the heiress of Sheraton hotels, will arrive in Kyiv region on December 14. In order to support Ukraine, she sold her engagement ring at an auction for a million dollars. Now she will hand over cars to the Kyiv region police for work in the Chornobyl exclusion zone. It will occur at the checkpoint “Dytiatky” at the entrance to the Chornobyl exclusion zone. Accreditation is required.
While fleeing from Kherson city, russians robbed two of the largest museums in the region: the Regional Museum of Local Lore and the Oleskii Shovkunenko Regional Art Museum. At least 20,000 exhibits were stolen. In the Art Museum, the collection of the world and Ukrainian paintings of the 17th–21st centuries was looted by 80%. From the Local Lore Museum, they took out rare archaeological finds of the ancient world: weapons, coins — everything that is in demand in the shadow market.
For reference: The Local Lore Museum in Kherson city was established in 1890. Since then, most of the archaeological artifacts found in the region have been kept here. They include antiquities found during excavations of Olvia kingdom city and Berezan island of the 7th—6th centuries B.C.E.
Volodymyr Rybalkin, a former anti-terrorist operation member, headed the Sviatohirsk territorial community in the Donetsk region in early July, when Sviatohirsk was still under russian occupation. After the liberation of the city, the Head of the Sviatohirsk City Military Administration Volodymyr Rybalkin is engaged in city restoration. This is the first experience of a former serviceman in such a position.
Over the past few years, Volodymyr Rybalkin has been fighting against the corrupt authorities of Sviatohirsk and against Volodymyr Bandura, the then mayor of the city. In June of this year, Bandura was declared suspected of high treason. According to the Prosecutor’s General Office, Volodymyr Bandura went over to the enemy’s side and distributed an appeal through the media, in which he promoted the “russian world” ideas.
The power cuts caused by russian attacks create significant problems for people who are dependent on oxygen supply devices. Sometimes people who have had COVID and have breathing problems are forced to take their portable devices to their cars during outages, so they could power them in there. Patients are also looking for alternative options, such as autonomous oxygen equipment (there is some that is difficult to refuel, and it poses explosion risk).
Philanthropists can tell journalists about the difficulties that oxygen-dependent people face during power cuts. Those who wish will also be able to talk to people who suffer from this situation, whenever possible.
Sheikh Mansur Chechen Peacekeeping Battalion is a non-governmental volunteer armed formation that fights on the side of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The battalion consists mostly of Chechens who emigrated from russia after the russian-Chechen wars. Currently, the battalion’s fighters are serving in Donetsk region. And on December 9, they held a Friday Jummah prayer and delivered a sermon in Ukrainian together with military imam-chaplains in a Mosque in Bakhmut, where fierce battles are currently taking place.
Dozens of fish couldn’t survive the cold and lack of oxygen. Due to the blackouts, a lot of fish died in the state freshwater aquarium in Dnipro. (Journalists can see the bodies of dead fish kept in a freezer). In conditions of total lack of power, local workers even brought a gas cylinder and a burner from home to heat the water for the Nile crocodile named Hena lest he should catch a cold in a cold pool and die.
Power outages continue in the country and the fish in this aquarium continue to die every day. Also, species like piranhas and catfish get sick. Now biologists are treating them.
For reference: “Aquarium” educational and scientific complex is a part of Oles Honchar Dnipropetrovsk National University. It contains fish species collected from all continents of the world, except Antarctica.
Journalists can visit a retirement facility in the village of Prybirsk, Kyiv region, together with “Yulyni Babusi” (Yulia’s Grannies) charitable foundation. There are 30 pensioners living there who cannot take care of themselves (disabled or bedridden). The foundation plans to organize a small celebration for these people on the eve of St. Nicholas Day, December 18
For reference: a presenter of the morning show on the radio helps pensioners in Kyiv region, particularly, those living in settlements that suffered from the russian occupation. To do this, the girl founded Yulyni Babusi charity foundation. One of the foundation’s main activities is to care for elderly and lonely people. There are five employees in the foundation, they regularly go to retirement homes in Kyiv region, provide help and simply talk to the retirees.
A school damaged by the russians at the beginning of the invasion is being restored in the village of Maryanivka in Kyiv region. A new roof is being constructed over the part of the building that was affected the most. The restoration is supported by the Government of Canada and the SURGe project. The work is to be completed by December 25.
For reference: the russians destroyed a part of the school in Maryanivka on February 26 during their invasion into the north of Kyiv region.
Italian newspaper “Il Foglio” chose the defender of Ukraine and journalist Anastasia Blyshchyk as its person of the year. Former correspondent of TV channel “Ukraine 24” Anastasia Blyshchyk defends Ukraine with a weapon in her hands. The woman made this decision after her fiancé, paratrooper and journalist Oleksandr Makhov died at the front. Oleksandr died on May 4, 2022 in the village of Dovhenke in Kharkiv region.
The team of Lviv Defense Cluster has already handed over a hundred bulletproof vests to the doctors in Donetsk region. These are special bulletproof vests developed by Kharkiv Plant of Personal Protective Equipment, which are designed to protect against debris and bullets. Body armor is light and comfortable, so medics can work in them all day.
Medics in Kharkiv region also received bulletproof vests. After this, Lviv Defense Cluster plans to give protective equipment to doctors in Zaporizhia and Mykolaiv regions.
Within the scope of the project, medics working in the combat zone and near-front areas will receive a total of 3,000 specialized body armors free of charge.
Natalia is the founder of the “Medicine of Kherson region” charitable foundation, which deals with humanitarian aid to hospitals and patients. During the occupation of Kherson, the woman did not leave the city and continued her volunteer activities. She supplied medicines from the controlled part of Ukraine that were difficult to obtain at that time and helped the locals in every possible way. The volunteer can talk about the realities of the occupation, the heroism of doctors, and also help with the contacts of local doctors.
The women’s football team “Mariupol” was forced to leave their home town after russia’s full-scale invasion. Now the girls live and train in Kyiv. They also earn money to keep the team on their own. The football players have been trying to be financially independent for 4 years now. Back in Mariupol, during their training-free time, they were preparing semi-finished products for sale: they were making meat and other dumplings, meat pastries and baked pancakes. In Kyiv, they try to restore the production, but in Mariupol, the athletes have lost their production shop. So now they need new equipment. The girls receive assistance from the Keep Going project, which provides material support to the Ukrainians who bring victory closer. The project collects UAH 350,000 for the athletes to buy equipment that will allow the team to resume the business and continue to represent Mariupol in football competitions.
Kharkiv resident Yuliia Napolska has been helping foreign journalists film the fighting around her hometown since the beginning of the full-scale war and volunteered in the building of the Kharkiv Oblast Administration. On February 28, the girl miraculously escaped during the shelling of the city center – simply because she went to sleep in the dressing room at the ground level. After that, Yuliia moved to Lviv, but did not abandon volunteering: she carried bulletproof vests from abroad, arranged fund raising for things needed at the front. For example, she managed to raise a million hryvnias (almost USD 30,000) for a drone to the front line.
Generators, potbelly stoves were bought, and operation of the boiler house was arranged — the Kyiv Zoo is preparing for a difficult winter. So, for example, for the gorilla named Tony, a modern wood-burning stove (bullerjan) was installed. Therefore, his house will be warm if there is no electricity or gas. In addition, battery-powered lighting was installed for zoo visitors, so that in case of power cuts, they could come to the animals.
This year, 200 displaced animals who have been rescued from the war will also spend winter in the Kyiv Zoo.
Ukrposhta invites media representatives to the grand opening of the New Year’s postal residence on December 19 in the main post office building in the capital city. The postage stamp “Victorious New Year!” will also be presented and canceled with the postmark “First Day” with the participation of the General Director of Ukrposhta.
The opening of the New Year’s postal residence will also be attended by the Magician (children can communicate with him and his assistants). The event agenda also includes master classes, holiday entertainments for children and New Year’s gifts.
Police stations, post offices, and even gas stations — the Internet is full of videos and photos of locations where Ukrainian teachers conduct online lessons due to the lack of electricity and the Internet.
Alla is a primary school teacher. Due to the lack of electricity, the woman is often forced to go to an Invincibility Center (in Kyiv region) to conduct lessons. From there, Alla teaches first-graders who still want to get a Ukrainian education even though they are in Poland because of the war.
For reference: Invincibility Centers are places set up by local authorities where people can get warm, get access to water, electricity, internet, etc.
In order for the Christmas tree to light up at the capital’s railway station this year, you need to spin the pedals of a mechanical generator. And the main Christmas tree of the country located on Sophia Square is decorated with energy-saving lamps. Most likely, the Christmas tree will be lit up at certain hours of the day. Among other things, points for recharging gadgets will be set up next to the generator.
The “Indomitable Christmas Tree” was installed in Mykolaiv. It is made of a camouflage net that covers the monument to St. Nicholas. Previously, this monument had been covered with sandbags to protect it from destruction. On St. Nicholas Day, December 19, people are encouraged to bring their toys with wishes to put them up on the unusual Christmas tree. And in Kharkiv, the New Year tree was placed underground. A Christmas tree was put up at one of the metro stations.
Ukrainian cat blogger Stepan, who, together with his owner, went abroad from his native Kharkiv due to the all-out war, has finally returned home. Cat Stepan collected money for Ukrainian shelters and zoos while staying abroad. Photos from the shelled city appeared on Stepan’s Instagram, where he has more than a million followers. The apartment where Stepan lives is located in Pivnichna Saltivka district, the area that has suffered the most from the russian attacks.
Ukrposhta plans to open up to 1,700 “safety centers” inside its branches. There, people will be able to warm up, charge their phones and connect to the Internet.
The press service of the company noted that the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development approved a grant of EUR 4.5 million to create such “safety centers.” In addition, Ukrposhta will allocate EUR 1.5 million euros of its own funds to purchase heating furnaces, Wi-Fi routers and lighting equipment.
russians destroyed a ski resort in Chernihiv. Ski and biathlon competitions have been held there for years.
Despite the destruction, since May, the resort has started to resume biathlon training for children. They are training on a small part of the track that has survived. Children are also warned not to go far, because there is a danger that unexploded shells may remain within the ski resort territory.
For reference: It is referred to the Olympic Reserve specialized children’s and youth sports school (ski resort). It was established in 1977, and later developed. It even included a hostel for athletes.
Mykyta Kozyrenko, Head of the Ukrainian Representative Office of the West Support International Human Rights Agency, collects and documents russian crimes in Ukraine in coordination with his organization members. In particular, from November 24 to 27, they were working in Kherson city and neighboring settlements. The entire materials on russian crimes will be submitted to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
For reference: West Support is an international human rights agency head-quartered in the United States. The organization members include lawyers, doctors, teachers, human right activists, artists, and businessmen.
Due to invaders’ missile attacks and the following power cuts, hundreds of people across the country are getting stuck in elevators. Residents of apartment buildings often leave special boxes with food and water in elevators to make it more comfortable for the stuck people to wait for “liberation”.
For example, in Lviv, dispatching services received almost 1,300 appeals about getting stuck in elevators during November alone. Previously, based on one of the municipal enterprises, additional emergency teams have been formed, which, in particular, rescue people.
For the first time ever in Ukraine, an exhibition of female military uniforms and gear was presented, which had been developed as part of the “Arm Women Now” project. Previously, Iryna Nykorak, Deputy of the Kyiv City Council, the project initiator, noted that this uniform is made in such a way that women with any size and type of body feel comfortable. It is known that now the uniform is being officially tested in the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
For reference: In late November, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine reported that almost 60,000 women serve in the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Andriy Zelinskyy, the priest, is one of the first army chaplains in Ukraine. In June 2014, he was offering spiritual support to Ukrainian soldiers in the east of the country. In particular, in the Armed Forces of Ukraine units near Slovyansk, Kramatorsk, Staroihnativka, in the Avdiivka industrial zone, in Pisky, Debaltseve, Shyrokyne and Vodiane of Donetsk region. And in Kyiv, he visited the first wounded soldiers in the Central Military Hospital.
Now the Armed Forces of Ukraine need hundreds of chaplains for the army. In October, Ukraine even established a military chaplaincy service, which organizes the training of chaplains. The course is provided that should help to acquire the basic competencies of a serviceman in a very short time, so that it is easier to integrate the team.
For reference: Army chaplains are clergymen who combine their ecclesiastical rank with other activities. A chaplain can be a Ukrainian citizen with a degree in theology, who is a clergyman of a church or religious organization registered in Ukraine. He must also receive a mandate from his church to be entitled to carry out chaplaincy activities.
The building of the Kherson Regional Universal Scientific Library named after Oles Honchar was badly damaged during the russian occupation and immediately after the liberation of the city. In particular, the library was shelled by the enemy on November 19. The windows of the building, with a total area of about a thousand square meters, were broken. From the Dnieper side alone, no less than 88 windows were destroyed. Now the people concerned help to preserve the building for the winter. Owing to their contributions, the library managed to purchase materials to protect the building and “close” the damaged windows.
On December 23, Ukrposhta will put into circulation a postage stamp in honor of the world-famous Christmas carol. “Shchedryk. Carol of the Bell” is the final one in the cycle of stamps issued by Ukrposhta in 2022. The issue of the postage stamp was timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the presentation of the musical piece “Shchedryk” on the Carnegie Hall stage in New York. It was after this that “Shchedryk” by Mykola Leontovych became a symbolic holiday anthem for a number of countries.
The new stamp will be canceled with a special postmark in Kyiv on Sofiiska square by Ihor Smilianskyi, General Director of Ukrposhta, and by Mykola Kochubei, the Honored Artist of Ukraine, the author of the postage stamp. Also, the folk choir “Vesnianka” will perform the famous holiday song on the square.
The film “A House Made of Splinters” is among 15 candidates for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature Film. This is a film produced by Ukraine, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. The film tells about children from the problem families who ended up in an orphan asylum near the front. Several teachers who, under the conditions of war with russia, are trying to create a safe space for children also became the heroes of the film. “A House Made of Splinters” premiered in January 2022.
Due to russian missile attacks, and the following power cuts, Ukrainians are increasingly facing everyday difficulties and finding solutions. Hairdressers say that people often come just to wash their hair if power is suddenly cut, or it has been off for a long time.
And, for example, in post offices, people (due to lack of electricity) blow-dried their hair, charged gadgets and connected inhalers. There was a case when the woman came to dry her nails in a nail lamp, and the man even brought a printer with him to continue working. If possible, journalists can be shown the work of one of the capital’s branches, which has equipped a co-working space.
Non-governmental organization “Vidchuy” buys devices for protecting the hearing organs of the Ukrainian military. Individual tactical sound filters are earplugs specifically designed for military use. They reliably protect against dangerous peaks of noise, preserving the ability to hear those who are nearby. 1,150 sound filters have already been purchased.
In addition, the non-governmental organization “Vidchuy”, together with the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, works on the rehabilitation of military personnel who received hearing injuries at the front. The Ministry of Health and the non-governmental organization “Vidchuy” signed a memorandum that will allow attracting activists from the non-governmental organization for rehabilitation of the military.
For reference: The non-governmental organization “Vidchuy” has been systematically engaged in support and social adaptation of people with hearing impairments since 2011.
Paramedic Julia Paevska (Taira) is opening “Mria” (Dream) charity fund, which will take care of families of prisoners of war and civilian captives. According to her, there are about 10,000 such families in Ukraine. Julia Paevska plans to sign a memorandum with the center for assistance to prisoners and with other institutions and organizations that, in cooperation with government agencies, help to locate prisoners and assist with obtaining statuses and receiving payouts.
For reference: Julia Paevska (Taira) is a Ukrainian military servicewoman, paramedic and volunteer, commander of “Taira’s Angels” unit. Since 2014, as a paramedic, she has participated in the Revolution of Dignity and the war in the eastern part of Ukraine. On March 16, 2022, during the siege of Mariupol, she was captured by the russians. She was released on June 17, 2022.
On December 24, at 2 PM, relatives of captured AZOV fighters will gather on Sofia Square in Kyiv to remind the world of those who are still held in russian captivity. The families of the prisoners call on the governments of the world and international organizations to redouble their efforts to get their relatives out of the clutches of the aggressor.
For reference: “Azovstal” Iron and Steel Works became a stronghold during the defense of Mariupol. On May 20, 2,500 Ukrainian soldiers left the territory of the plant and were immediately captured by the occupiers. Some of them were released within several exchanges. But most of the defenders of Azovstal, in particular, those from the AZOV regiment, remain imprisoned.
An unusual Christmas shop was set up in “Nahuievychi” State Reserve in Lviv region. In it, traditional biblical characters are substituted with political figures. In particular, there is a miniature of U.S. President Joseph Biden and Ukrainian hero Stepan Bandera near the newborn Jesus, as well as writer Ivan Franko in the image of a manner owner.
The authors of the idea explained such innovation with Ukrainian traditions, which always added national elements and modern references to the usual biblical stories.
Odesa Zoo functions despite frequent power outages due to rocket attacks by the occupiers on the country’s infrastructure. The institution has insulated enclosures for animals as well as potbelly stoves. The zoo also experienced a long-term power outage and lack of water (employees had made supplies in advance). In addition, the zoo has generators, coal and lots of firewood.
For reference: in September, Odesa Zoo celebrated its 100th anniversary.
Recently, Luxembourg provided Ukraine with 3D scanners to solve russian war crimes on the territory of Ukraine. Today, specialists from the capital are ready to talk about the way they use the scanners.
For reference: Luxembourg has provided 30 3D scanners to Ukraine, which can be used to scan large areas and collect evidence of war crimes. The assistance package includes not only scanners, but also internal software that allows users to scan large areas with all the objects found there. The information is then processed by a computer. The overall cost of the project is EUR 1.3 million.
Residents of Lviv can get their hands on the anti-tank weapons that the Ukrainian military uses to counter the aggressor. “Weapons of Victory” educational and interactive exhibition was opened in LЕM Station space. Visitors can hold NLAW, Javelin and about 30 more samples of used anti-tank weapons in their hands. There are screens that demonstrate the exhibits in use at the front. In addition, visitors can learn how to use various types of weapons on an interactive VR simulator.
The exhibition will last until December 30. At the closing, a charity auction will be held to sell used trophy weapons, items of military equipment and other unique items from the front line. The funds collected at the exhibition are planned to be used for the purchase of a training facility with augmented reality technology to hone the skills of using weapons.
On the initiative of the National Bank, a joint Power Banking network was created in Ukraine, which will work and provide the necessary services to clients even during a blackout.
During long blackouts, people will be able to receive cash, make payments, exchange currencies or transfer funds in the branches of this network. In addition, it will be possible to consult with managers. Currently, more than 1,000 branches in all regions of the country are additionally equipped to work during a blackout.
At the end of the summer, “Tozhsamist” (Identity) social initiative about Ukrainians of different ethnicities started working in Ukraine. It was launched by Ukrainian designer and marketer Alisa Zhuravel. The girl herself is a non-ethnic Ukrainian. Although she was born in Kharkiv, her father is from Nigeria. Interviews with Ukrainians of various origins are posted on the platform. Those interviewed include Nigerians from Kharkiv, Kazakhs from Kyiv, as well as Ukrainian Armenians and Ethiopians. With her project, Alisa wants to introduce the world to Ukrainians of different ethnicities, counter russian propaganda, and show the Western society the diversity of people identifying themselves as Ukrainians.
A teacher from Kakhovka, Kherson oblast, spent 7 months under occupation after russia captured the region. The invaders abducted him and pressured physically and mentally to impel to cooperate with the occupation authorities. However, Iurii did not give up. In the end, he managed to escape from the occupation. Now he lives in the Vinnytsia region and conducts courses of the New Ukrainian School for teachers of this region.
Thousands of Ukrainian families live in their own personal hell and have no information about the fate of their relatives who came to the defense of Ukraine and ended up in hands of the enemy or went missing. Therefore, relatives of Ukrainian prisoners of war continue to fight to return their loved ones home. Among those who strive for soldiers’ release from captivity at all cost: Iryna Latysh, wife of a prisoner of war, representative of the 95th Air Assault Brigade; Svitlana Bohdanenko, wife of a prisoner of war, representative of military medics of Mariupol; Natalia Kravtsova, mother of a prisoner of war; Nataliia Lukovska, wife of a prisoner of war; Illia Honchar, brother of a civilian prisoner; and Nora Storozhuk, wife of a prisoner of war.
In the Kyiv region, invincibility points will be set up based on temples of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. In the near future, it will be known exactly where they will be deployed.
For reference: Invincibility points are places where people can warm up, access water, electricity, Internet, and so on.
The well-known supermarket chain has set up a car co-working space in one of its parking lots in Kyiv city. Drivers and passengers can work in their vehicles if, for example, they have power cuts at home or at work and there is no communication. The car co-working space is equipped with Starlink terminals, for stable Internet connection. And if people get hungry, couriers can deliver food from the store directly to the passenger compartment.
In addition, supermarkets of the chain are equipped with autonomous power supply. So in case of power cuts, people come there to charge their gadgets, study, or work.
On December 28, the news broke that Suspilne Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine signed an agreement with the TVORCHI band (the winner of the National Selection). This means that the TVORCHI band will officially and definitively represent Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, which will take place in Liverpool.
TVORCHI is a Ukrainian music band from Ternopil. At the National Selection, they won with the “Heart Of Steel” song. Journalists can find out if the participants are going to change something in the contest piece, show or costumes.
For reference: The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, however, due to russia’s full-scale invasion, Ukraine will not host this event. The 67th Eurovision Song Contest will be held in May in Liverpool (Great Britain) on behalf of Ukraine.
The Charity Foundation “Solomianski Kotyky” sets up its “invincibility points” in Kyiv city schools. They will be called “Teplytsi” (greenhouses). In general, they plan to create 10 points.
The Foundation has already opened a pilot “Teplytsi” project at School No. 229. It was visited by 3,500 people during the first month of operation. And on December 20 alone, more than 500 Kyiv residents found a shelter and a place to work there. The “Teplytsi” point also became a shelter for the tailed ones — 13 dogs visited it for a month.
Another one “Teplytsi” point was set up in the Ministry of Social Policy. Both locations are equipped with a generator and Starlink, an organized coffee break zone, a place for board games, work and volunteering.
About fifty plastic surgeons have already joined NoScar initiative, which helps Ukrainians get rid of the scars they received as a result of the war. Specialists from all over the country provide free aesthetic corrections to victims of military aggression (this includes correction of scars on the face and body, as well as reconstructive surgery to make aesthetic corrections). As of today, doctors have already received more than 300 applications from Ukrainians and managed to provide assistance to several dozens.
A modular town for people, who lost their homes due to russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, is to be opened in the village of Demydiv in Kyiv region. The town, among other things, is equipped with refrigerators, washing machines, electric stoves, etc. In total, 88 modular units are installed there.
Important notice: exact information on the opening date of the town will be available starting next week (after the New Year).
For reference: modular towns in Kyiv region are being put up with the assistance of the Polish government. Several are already functioning. The first such town was opened in Borodyanka at the beginning of summer.
12 unique exhibits were presented at the exhibition in Lviv’s Arsenal Museum. The armed forces of Ukraine handed over armor plates that stopped enemy bullets and shrapnel in battle, and famous Ukrainian artists Ivan Marchuk, Tiberiy Silvashi, Nazar Bilyk, Petro Bevza, Andriy Bludov, Yurii Vakulenko, Oleksiy Sai, Svitlana Ratoshnyuk, Anton Logov, Leonid Kolodnitsky and icon painter Andrii Okhotsky turned them into art objects with exclusive stories. Later, these works are planned to be put up for auction. The collected funds will be used to purchase protective equipment for the military.
For reference: Ivan Marchuk is one of the most famous artists of modern Ukraine. In 2007, he was included in top 100 living geniuses, according to The Daily Telegraph. In June 2021, Ivan Marchuk’s painting “Golden Night” was sold for USD 96,800 dollars, the highest amount for the artist.
Tiberiy Silvashi is a Ukrainian abstract artist, whose paintings are kept in museums in Munich and Vienna, as well as in private collections in Europe and the USA.
The largest agricultural complex in the Kharkiv region survived the russian occupation. Now it resumes its activities and prepares international lawsuits to receive monetary compensation from russia. (According to preliminary estimates, the amount of damage caused by russian invasion exceeds half a billion hryvnias).
On the territory of the agricultural complex, you can now see broken buildings and the remains of dead pigs. They died due to lack of food, illness and shelling. Some pigs were simply given away to locals. It is also said that the invaders came and shot the animals to take them for themselves. In general, it will take 3–4 years to restore the livestock (after all, more than 60,000 pigs were lost). Additionally, several thousand hectares of leased land, where previously workers collected grain, remain mined. The feed factory was destroyed. Also, invaders stole equipment worth millions of hryvnias.
Children’s protective kits: helmets and bulletproof vests manufactured by the Lviv Defense Cluster “work” actively on the front line. For example, in the Donetsk region, every crew of Bilyi Ianhol (the white angel) — the local police officers who help people evacuate — is equipped with children’s helmets and bulletproof vests manufactured by the Lviv Defense Cluster. Owing to these protective equipment, police officers can better protect children from shelling during evacuation.
For reference: The main threat to children during evacuation is fragments of shells, glass, and concrete. Lviv Defense Cluster produces three sizes of bulletproof vests for 4–6, 7–10, 11–14 years’ age groups.
Lviv Defense Cluster groups together specialists of defense enterprises, volunteers and production facilities from all over the country to provide the Defenders of Ukraine with high-quality and proven bulletproof vests. It has its own laboratory for testing the finished products.
Famous Ukrainian chefs, including Ievhen Klopotenko and Ihor Mezentsev, have teamed up to present a holiday to Ukrainians who have been forced to leave their homes. Therefore, they will prepare delicious dishes for displaced persons on weekends during the month. Charity breakfasts will take place there on January 7, 14, 21, and 28.
For reference: Ievhen Klopotenko is the most famous chef in Ukraine. It was owing to his efforts that the Ukrainian borshch was included in the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. In addition, together with Ukrzaliznytsia, Ievhen Klopotenko represents Ukraine for foreign politicians by means of our ethnic cuisine. After all, what the world leaders, Boris Johnson or Antony Blinken, will eat on their way to the Ukrainian capital is decided by him.
In the morning of January 4, Kyiv residents will gather for communal works in one of districts of the capital city. They will clean up at the site of enemy shelling (in the afternoon of December 31, russia launched a missile attack on the territory of Ukraine, including Kyiv).
For reference: On January 3, the first day of communal works took place (it was organized through the Telegram channel). About fifty concerned people sorted out the rubble and loaded garbage. Utility companies also worked on the site.
At the beginning of russia’s full-scale invasion, a large family of 5th grader Serhii moved from Luhansk region to Dnipropetrovsk region. The boy went to a new school and tried very hard during his studies. But when the other kids go home after lessons, he goes to the next classroom, because that is where he now lives. In one of the classrooms of Serhii’s new school, the whole family of the boy found shelter.
The World Central Kitchen team delivers food to people in the de-occupied regions and provides hot lunches to those who directly suffer from russian weapons strikes on civilian targets. On December 31, after the russian attacks on Kyiv city, the World Central Kitchen team immediately organized a feed-in for people whose homes were damaged.
For reference: The President of Ukraine has awarded Jose Andres, the founder of World Central Kitchen, the Order of Merit of Degree II. In addition, the sign with his name was placed on the Alley of Courage in the capital city.
Since the beginning of russian full-scale invasion, the World Central Kitchen team has distributed 180 million servings of food in Ukraine. Generally, this organization provides funds and supplies products for making the food packages in countries and regions where humanitarian, climate or man-made crises occur.
The volunteer project “Marriage for a Hero” was launched in early summer last year. During this time, thanks to this charity initiative, turnkey weddings were organized for several couples. (The project operates in Cherkasy city and region, but recently newlyweds from Kyiv city have also applied).
For reference: The Cherkasy city resident Svitlana Olifer, who has been engaged in the wedding business for seven years, decided to organize a volunteer project entitled “Marriage for a Hero” after the full-scale russian invasion of Ukraine. The woman gathered a team of photographers, cameramen, make-up artists and florists who helped in implementation of the holiday for free. Sometimes restaurants or catering establishments are ready to provide services under special terms. In general, newlyweds will have to spend only on wedding outfits.
The charitable project “Unburnt” (in cooperation with the Ministry of Health) has been launched all over Ukraine. Military personnel, volunteers, civilians and children who were burnt and scarred due to the war will receive comprehensive free treatment. The organizers have already established cooperation with 12 clinics where the services will be provided. In order to achieve a positive result, a person can undergo from 3 to 12 procedures, in general. It is planned that about 200 patients will be admitted for treatment monthly.
On Monday, January 9, the Ukrainian team of beauty industry masters will visit the Moshchun village of Buchanskyi district in Kyiv region. Beauty volunteers will make free haircuts, coloring and eyebrow correction, massages or hygienic manicures to those who wish.
For reference: The idea of beauty volunteering belongs to Olha Belytska, the make-up artist. Together with like-minded people, Olha comes to de-occupied settlements of the Kyiv region weekly to help people who survived the horrors of the occupation feel beautiful again.
On January 6, at 10:00 AM, Kyiv residents will again gather for communal works in Protasiv Iar. It will be required to help wrap in film the private house that was damaged during the December 31 shelling.
For reference: On December 31, russia launched strikes on the territory of Ukraine and, in particular, on Kyiv. The residents have already gathered for communal works several times and together cleaned up the aftermath of russian missiles hitting.
On January 6, at 1:00 PM, a Christmas didukh will be installed in Lviv city. The festive column will go along the Rynok square – Katedralna square – Teatralna street – Iavorskoho square route. This year, military personnel and families of Ukrainian defenders were invited to join the holiday.
View here how a didukh was installed last year.
For reference: A didukh is a Ukrainian Christmas decoration made from spikes, a primitive pagan idol, a symbol of the patron ancestor, as well as a symbol of harvest, prosperity and wealth.
The Christmas service will be held in the Dormition Cathedral of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra. It will be led by Metropolitan Epiphany (priest of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine). The service will be held on January 7, at 9 AM. Media representatives need to receive accreditation: submit applications here by 4:00 PM on January 6, 2023.
(The police will ensure that the event takes place without any incidents).
For reference: on January 5, the news came out that the Dormition Cathedral and the Refectory Church of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra were officially returned to the state. Previously, these churches had been rented by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC MP). In addition, at the beginning of December last year, the National Security and Defense Council introduced sanctions against some clergymen of the UOC MP, including the Vicegerent of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, Pavlo (Lebid). Today the reports came in that the Security Council of Ukraine completed counterintelligence (security) measures at the facilities of the UOC MP in Kherson, Kirovohrad, Dnipropetrovsk and Rivne regions. Libraries with pro-kremlin literature, campaign leaflets of political parties banned in Ukraine and russian symbols are reported to have been found on the territory of the churches.
“Krasnaya Zvezda” newspapers, vodka, valenki, non-working dosimeters and maps from the 90s. All these things, which were left behind by russian soldiers in the de-occupied territories, became exhibits in the National Military Historical Museum of Ukraine in Kyiv. In addition, the museum has unique items from the russian cruiser “Moskva,” which was sunk by the Ukrainian army in April 2022.
Ukrainian Parliament’s photographer Yan Dobronosov became famous for his photos with exclusive outfits of politicians in the Verkhovna Rada. In particular, Dobronosov paid great attention to details, such as expensive accessories and shoes.
However, with the beginning of russia’s full-scale invasion, Yan began photographing the consequences of russia’s crimes. In particular, he works near the front line, and recently he took a number of photos and videos in Bakhmut in Donetsk region, which has been unsuccessfully stormed by the russians for several months.
In January, a modular town is planned to be opened in the village of Demydiv in Kyiv region for people who lost their homes due to russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Previously, modular houses were equipped with household appliances and all the things needed.
For reference: Installation of modular towns in the Kyiv region is supported by the Polish government. Several of them are already in operation. And the first such housing was opened in Borodianka in early summer.
In Myrotske village, Buchanskyi district of Kyiv region, the works are under way to restore residential buildings and the cultural center damaged as a result of russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. “The roof was replaced; now heat insulation of the attic floor and replacement of windows is carried out. In total, 4 multi-apartment residential buildings will be restored,” Anatolii Fedoruk, the Bucha Mayor, reported.
For reference: Myrotske village is located near Bucha and Hostomel. It was under occupation for more than a month (in particular, in early March, the russian military shelled the village, with the consequence that houses of local residents were destroyed and damaged). After de-occupation, two mass graves were found near the village.
A mobile concrete shelter was installed in the center of Kherson city within the framework of the SafePlace4UA project. It was located on the site that was shelled by the russian invaders on December 24. (11 people were killed and 64 were injured).
Three more such mobile concrete shelters will appear in the city in the near future.
The municipal bookstore of Kyiv city continues until May to collect russian books, the funds obtained from the processing of which will go to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine. For the books brought, people can also get a 10% discount on the purchase of new books. The bookstore has already managed to process 57 tonnes of russian-language books brought by city dwellers.
“With the proceeds, the Charitable Foundation “Hurkit” purchased and transferred an off-the-road vehicle for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. New revenues are accumulated for the next vehicle or other equally important things for the front line,” it is said in the bookstore.
As of today, Children of War platform has collected information on 13,876 deported children. They claim to have returned 125 children who were illegally deported to russia and temporarily occupied territories.
For reference: Children of War platform started working in August 2022. It was created by decree of the President of Ukraine. This platform provides up-to-date and consolidated information on the children who suffered as a result of the russian federation’s war against Ukraine (killed, injured, missing, deported) and those who were found and rescued. The platform also helps with the search for children.
In Bucha, Kyiv region, a “yurt of invincibility” was opened.
This happened, in particular, with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Ukraine. During a blackout, local residents will be able to warm up and charge their gadgets in this yurt.
The most famous football player of Ukraine, Andriy Shevchenko, has donated UAH 300,000 to Mariupol women’s football team. Now the athletes who were forced to leave their homes will be able to purchase equipment and run their own businesses.
After russia’s full-scale invasion, Mariupol women’s football team was forced to leave their hometown. The girls live and train in Kyiv now. In addition, they themselves earn money to support the team. Even back in Mariupol, football players sold ready-to-cook food: they made dumplings, varenyky, chebureki and baked pancakes. However, the sports women lost their production facility in their hometown, so they needed funds for new equipment. Keep Going project was raising UAH 350,000 for female athletes. Now, thanks to the contribution by Andriy Shevchenko, this amount has even been exceeded with over UAH 400,000 collected for the girls.
Alina Panina, a border guard dog handler, was released from russian captivity during an exchange on October 17. Before the start of the all-out war, Alina worked in Mariupol’s trading port, and she was captured during the defense of Azovstal. The woman has already returned to the service, now — on the Ukrainian-Polish border. Her husband, also a border guard, was captured by the russians. The russians did not return the two dogs that were with Alina at Azovstal. Currently, Alina works with a new four-legged partner, a spaniel that has been given to her by friends.
Since April, Maks Nesterov (together with his fellow hair stylists) has been cutting hair and shaving military men for free, particularly those staying in a hospital. They have to work with soldiers who are in a difficult condition (even with those who are in intensive care). He admits that in his 24 years of work, he has never encountered such an experience. In October, the man styled the hair of Ukrainian female border guards who had been released from russian captivity.
In addition, the hair stylists joined one of the initiatives where participants collect and sell hair to help the military. Thanks to this, it was already possible to purchase equipment worth more than UAH 0.5 million.
Аndrii Nebytov, Head of the Main Directorate of Kyiv region police, has become a star on Ukrainian YouTube who hit hundreds of thousands of views. Since russia’s full-scale invasion, the chief police officer of Kyiv region has been posting videos on his channel showing the equipment with which the russians tried to take over Ukrainian cities. In particular, he reviews the first-aid kits of enemy soldiers, their topographical maps and other trophies.
After the beginning of russia’s full-scale aggression, Ukrainian specialists, with the support of international volunteers, founded the Dattalion project. The Dattalion website has already collected more than 5,500 videos, 26,000 photos and 140 eyewitness’ accounts. Thanks to the largest free and independent photo and video database, as well as the database of verified eyewitness’ accounts, DATTALION is an important source for understanding the realities of the russo-Ukrainian war.
Oksana Pohomii, the volunteer and Deputy of the Kherson City Council, spent the entire period of occupation of the city waiting for its liberation from russian invaders. She also helped those who were experiencing hard times with her. The woman even managed to post videos from the occupied city. “Please remain alive”: Oksana’s readers have always expected to see those words in her posts.
Now Oksana Pohomii works towards restoration of Kherson after the occupation and continues to help those who need it.
Khrystyna holds the rank of a senior lieutenant of the National Guard of Ukraine and is the Deputy Commander of a mortar battery. She is 29 years old. In early February 2022, she and her group came for reconnaissance to Stanytsia Luhanska, where they met with the beginning of the full-scale russian invasion. She defended the country, in particular, in Sievierodonetsk, Rubizhne, Lysychansk and near Bakhmut. She took part in offensive operations aimed at the liberation of Lyman.
24-year-old military serviceman Volodymyr Dubrovets from Zhytomyr oblast, a former fighter of “Azov” with the call sign “Wolf,” became the legal guardian of his brother’s 8 children. The children’s parents died in December 2022. The couple was returning home on a forest road, when their car fishtailed to the side of the road, where the vehicle was blown up by a mine. Eight children became orphans: the oldest child is 14 years old, and the youngest is two and a half months old.
On Monday, January 16, a Ukrainian team of beauty industry artists will visit Hostomel, in Kyiv region. Beauty volunteers will provide haircuts, coloring and correction of eyebrows, massages or hygienic manicures for free to all the residents.
And from January 20 to 25, beauty volunteers will be visiting Kharkiv region. They will work in five de-occupied settlements (the residents will be provided with beauty services for free).
For reference: the idea of beauty volunteering belongs to make-up artist Olha Belytska. Together with like-minded people, every week Olha comes to the de-occupied settlements of Kyiv region to help people who survived the horrors of the occupation feel beautiful again.
Despite the war and russia’s shelling, the Museum of Strategic Missile Forces remains open in Pervomaisk, Mykolaiv oblast, which has no analogues in Europe. The museum was created at the site of the combat position of the rocket regiment of the 46th Rocket Division of the Strategic Rocket Forces. The underground command post and one of the missile shafts still remain intact. In total, the museum collected almost 24,000 exhibits. In particular, the museum exhibits missiles with which russia is currently destroying Ukrainian territory.
Dogs of “Antares” canine search and rescue team are looking for people under the rubble of a multi-story building in Dnipro, which was destroyed by a russian missile on January 14. “Antares” is a working dog team based in Pavlohrad, Dnipropetrovsk region. Dogs are trained to search for alive and dead people in any conditions, even in areas of active hostilities. This is the only such unit that is sent to search and rescue operations by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Therefore, the team worked in almost all hot spots of Ukraine.
The Regional Center for Human Rights is investigating illegal deportation of Ukrainian children to russia. According to their data, at least 260,000 Ukrainian children have already been deported to the russian federation, the real figure may reach 700,000. Most of the illegally displaced children have parents. According to Kateryna Rashevska, a lawyer at the Regional Center for Human Rights, at least 400 Ukrainian children have already ended up in russian families.
“Safe Place” shelter for displaced persons was opened in Lviv. What makes “Safe Place” different is that it is set up as a hostel. “Alliance for Public Health” international charitable foundation opened the shelter designed for 21 people. IDPs can live and eat there for free for 14 days. Refugees get free consultations from lawyers, psychologists and social workers, as well as receive medical services.
Currently, several internally displaced persons from Zaporizhia, Donetsk and Kyiv regions already live in the shelter. In addition, there are immigrants who got manager and administrator jobs in this hostel.
On Wednesday, January 18, three concrete mobile bomb shelters will be set up in the center of Kherson as part of the SafePlace4UA project. As reported earlier, this initiative already facilitated the installation of the first concrete mobile bomb shelter in Kherson. It was placed at the spot that the russian invaders attacked on December 24. (Then 11 people died, and 64 were injured).
Oleksii Iukov is a commander of the exploration team of the Military and Historical Heritage Researchers Association “Platsdarm”. Since 2014, he and his team have been finding and evacuating the bodies of dead Ukrainian soldiers and civilians (for his work, Oleksii was nearly shot by invaders in 2014).
They have to work even under fire, and the enemy often mines the bodies of killed people. The explorers find tortured and raped people. Sometimes they have to work with bodies that have been knocked down by vehicles and enemy tanks.
Among other things, the team also worked at the scene of Kramatorsk tragedy: they took out the bodies and fragments of bodies of the dead people. (Recall that on April 8, russians hit the railway station of the city with a Tochka-U missile. As a result, 61 people were killed and 121 were injured).
“Still Strong” is a charitable project that teams up the medical community to provide free assistance to Ukrainian defenders with head and neck injuries, as well as to civilians. The initiative brought together the specialists in various domains and clinics where the patients will be operated at no charge. (It refers to both public and private medical institutions). As for now, more than 50 people have applied for assistance to medics participating in the project.
Because of the war, Kyiv residents are forced to get rid of plants that have been grown for decades. After all, due to frequent power cuts in the capital city, they can no longer take care of them. For example, a collection of plants grown in the greenhouse for 20 years has been recently brought to the Exhibition of Economic Achievements’ Greenery. And in the spring, the Greenery was presented with a coffee tree, which has already become a part of the exhibition.
For reference: The Exhibition of Economic Achievements’ Greenery is a unique place of the capital city. Here plants of 3 climatic zones — Desert, Tropics and Subtropics — can be found. The main value of the Greenery is a unique collection of plants that were set out more than 60 years ago.
The “Countrywomen” Non-Profit Organization launched the project entitled “Psychological Support for Women in War”, within the framework of which it brought together a team of qualified psychologists to provide defenders at the front line with individual consultations.
Consultations take place online from any trench or position. Each military who applies for help is given 8–10 sessions with a psychologist. In order to contact a specialist, the defender only needs to write a message in Telegram and be sure that her mental health is in safe hands.
For reference: Since March 2022, “Countrywomen” Non-Profit Organization has been supporting the female defenders at the front line with the necessary ammunition, uniforms, shoes and boxes with “women’s humanitarian aid”.
How much land is littered with remnants of destroyed ammunition, how many oil products were burned during the shelling, and even how many forests were burned by missiles and shells? The answers to these and other questions can be found in the latest report of the State Environmental Inspectorate of Ukraine. The specialists of this institution now continue to calculate environmental losses resulting from russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Journalists can talk to representatives of the State Environmental Inspectorate of Ukraine and, among other things, find out what methods they use for calculations and the amount of damage. And see how the experts work, if applicable.
For reference: Previously, Ruslan Strilets, the Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine, stated that the damage to the Ukrainian environment from russian federation’s armed aggression already amounts to more than USD 46 billion. Ukraine will demand compensation for these losses by russia.
On January 18, the Lviv Municipal Art Center will present animated works by participants of the Kherson “Residence Under Occupation” — artists who survived the occupation — as part of the project “Animation of Art Resistance in Occupation”.
For reference: “Animation of Art Resistance in Occupation” is a project aimed at promoting in the information space the artistic statements of Kherson artists who survived the occupation, or still remain in enemy gun sights. Some of the works resulted from the “Residence Under Occupation”, which was organized in April 2022 by the art critic and curator Yuliia Manukian. Then she was joined by artists who did not want to be passive observers of terrible events.
The mission of the Ucare.me project is to restore the mental health of Ukrainians. People can get free help from qualified specialists online via the project’s website. Since the project started working, its specialists have already helped about 1,000 Ukrainians. More than 80% of those who use services of Ucare.me are women, a quarter are internally displaced persons.
On January 28, BUR (Building Ukraine Together) volunteers will start working in Hostomel. Together with Gurtum charitable organization, they will restore the school where 55 children once studied. The school’s main entrance and roof were almost completely destroyed after russian shelling. The walls and ceiling are damaged by debris. Everyone is welcome to join the volunteers.
For reference: Building Ukraine Together is an NGO that creates opportunities for young people to create changes in the country through volunteering.
On January 20, first aid training will take place at 12 stations of the capital’s metro. Experienced specialists and instructors of the Center for Emergency Medical Care and Disaster Medicine will teach the skills of first aid (initial assessment of the victim’s condition, assistance with massive bleeding, thermal burns). The training will last from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM, everyone is welcome to participate.
“Unbreakable together” exhibition opened at the railway station in Kherson. Eleven photo artists presented their works, in which they showed how Ukrainians live during the war, how life is revived in the liberated territories, how volunteers, doctors, and the military work, and how Ukraine is supported by the world.
The exhibition is organized by UKRAINIAN WARCHIVE, a unique photo archive. This is an online archive of photos documenting russia’s aggression in Ukraine. The idea of the project is to collect all the photos about the war in one place and make them easy to navigate. To do this, the creators of the archive describe each photo in detail by specifying its location, event, author, date and many other details.
A lecture by Oleksandra Matviichuk, 2022 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Head of Centre for Civil Liberties will be held in Kyiv on January 23. The event will also include a discussion entitled “A talk about the war, the victory and the future.” The participants will include: Yevgen Zakharov, Chairman of the Board of Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union; Volodymyr Yermolenko, President of PEN Ukraine, Editor-in-Chief at UkraineWorld; Valeriy Pekar, public activist; Vitaly Portnikov, journalist; Olena Styazhkina, writer.
The event will also be attended by: Bridget A. Brink, United States Ambassador to Ukraine; Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Head of Kyiv Security Forum, Prime Minister of Ukraine in 2014-2016
Accreditation of media representative: until 3:00 AM on January 22
Anna from Kharkiv is the owner of an equestrian school for children. Due to russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the horses began to run out of food, as hay remained in the occupied territory. In addition, there was enemy shelling, and one shell even hit the territory of the stable, but did not explode. The woman, together with her family, decided to evacuate the animals. (Her husband also rescued other people’s horses, sometimes the evacuation took place under fire. Today he continues to take animals out of hot spots).
They had to take their horses to Dnipropetrovsk region and Poltava region. Due to difficulties with caring for them, some animals were given to students and sold abroad. Later, the couple found a stable near Zhytomyr, where they decided to start anew.
Iryna Salikhova is a volunteer from Kherson city, who was recently awarded the Golden Heart award by the President of Ukraine. At the beginning of the full-scale invasion, she and her husband helped deliver vital medicines to hospitals for the wounded people. Subsequently, she gathered a whole team of volunteers (the initiative entitled “Kotyky-Patriotyky” (patriot catsie)), who coordinated and delivered food packages and medicines to those in need in different districts of the city, as well as in the region (there were no medical supplies in pharmacies during the period of occupation). People from other cities of Ukraine and from different countries helped with donations. In addition, the woman managed to attract grants from a humanitarian organization. Among other things, together with her husband, Iryna had to survive inquisitions, hide from the invaders and leave her hometown in late April.
A lion has recently been evacuated to the Wild Animal Rescue Center in the Kyiv region from the Sumy region — the animal was in territory shelled by russians. Also, a lemur from Kherson city lives in the Center. He survived the occupation and a russian missile hit on the petting zoo where he was cared for. Now they and many other wild animals are recovering, the Center takes care of and treats them.
In general, since the beginning of full-scale invasion of the russian federation in Ukraine, the Wild Animal Rescue Center has hosted more than 600 animals of various species (lions, bears, tigers, wolves, leopards, wild birds, raccoons, etc.). The volunteers evacuated animals, in particular, from front-line zones and other dangerous territories.
Founded by Yuliia “Taira” Paievska, the Mriia Charitable Foundation invites to the public start of its activities, which will take place on February 2 in Kyiv. The team of the Foundation will be happy to meet and communicate with the media in person. The event will be held in a concert form.
The Mriia Foundation helps families of the prisoners of war and civilian prisoners, provides financial, legal and psychological support. Recently, the Foundation team has visited 200 families of prisoners with Christmas gifts and hugged every child waiting for their father from a russian prison.
For reference: Yuliia “Taira” Paievska is a Ukrainian military, paramedic and volunteer, the commander of the “Taira’s Angels” unit. Since 2014, as a paramedic, she took part in the Revolution of Dignity and the war in the east of Ukraine. On March 16, 2022, during the siege of Mariupol city, she was captured by russians and released on June 17, 2022.
Victory Drones, an ecosystem for training drone operators for Ukraine’s Armed Forces, State Emergency Services and healthcare services, invites you to see its training routine, which will take place on January 28 at a military training ground in the capital. (Exact coordinates will be provided on the day before the event. Journalists are required to register).
In particular, UAV operators will show the flight practice routine on the basis of the Territorial Defense Forces.
For reference: Victory Drones is an ecosystem for training drone operators for Ukraine’s Armed Forces, State Emergency Services and healthcare services. Training and exercises are conducted in cooperation with the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the General Staff at military training grounds. The system was created on the basis of the Air Intelligence Support Center with an expanded network of partner organizations.
“A House Made of Splinters” was included in the list of nominees for the “Oscar” (in the category Best Documentary Feature Film). This movie was produced in Ukraine, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. The film is about children from dysfunctional families who ended up in a shelter near the front. The main characters of the movie are educators who, in the conditions of the war with russia, are trying to create a safe space for children.
Kharkiv rescuers have been actively helping builders to restore and repair high-rise buildings damaged by the occupiers since the summer.
Only yesterday they were involved in the work twice. Engineering works with the help of rescue equipment were carried out on a 9-story residential building in Pivnichna Saltivka district in Kharkiv and an 8-story administrative building. With the help of equipment and tools, climbers and rescuers dismantled damaged structures so that builders could replace them with new ones.
The English version of the book “Inside Ukraine: A Portrait of a Country and its People,” which will be released on February 16 by Batsford, a British publishing house, topped Amazon’s list for Hot New Releases in History of Ukraine.
“Inside Ukraine: A Portrait of a Country and its People” is a book based on the first round of a large-scale expedition throughout Ukraine, which lasted from the summer of 2016 to the winter of 2018 and covered all historical regions – from Slobozhanshchyna to Podillia, from Volyn to Tavria. Many places visited by the Ukraïner’s expedition are currently under russian occupation.
For reference: Ukraïner is an educational, multimedia Ukrainian studies project, the materials of which are based on the results of their own expeditions.
Ukraïner was created by journalist and writer Bogdan Logvynenko as a volunteer media project. The team went on the first expedition in June 2016. By the end of 2019, a lot of media materials had been collected and translated into nine languages.
According to the World Soccer magazine, Yuriy Vernydub is the man of the year among coaches of the world. Currently, the man combines service in the Armed Forces of Ukraine with his work as a coach of Kryvyi Rih’s FC Kryvbas.
As reported, at the beginning of russia’s full-scale invasion, Vernydub left the position of head coach of the Moldovan FC Sheriff, returned to Ukraine and joined the ranks of the Armed Forces. In June, the man was appointed head coach of the Ukrainian football club Kryvbas. By order of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, he was transferred to the city of Kryvyi Rih, the location of FC Kryvbas, for further military service. Vernydub works with the club in his spare time.
Zatyshok (a cozy place) anti-crisis transit hub for vulnerable categories of internally displaced persons from Donetsk region (persons with disabilities, orphans, the elderly, large families, single parents, families of military personnel, women and girls who have experienced gender-based violence) works in Dnipro.
The hub, among other things, provides free accommodation and meals for a period of 1 to 10 calendar days. And if necessary, they help with further evacuation, both within Ukraine and abroad (the length of stay is determined by the complexity of the specific situation of each person/family).
“The City Heals” a new socio-cultural project was launched in Lviv, which offers free tours to servicemen receiving treatment in the city. A pilot tour has already taken place with the participation of 5 defenders of Ukraine. They were introduced to Lviv by Petro Radkovets, a well-known tour guide.
“The City Heals” project will last a year and will include not only tours of the historical part of Lviv, but also visits to museums and theaters. All events will be adapted to the requests of the military.
The primary task of “Dobrobat” is to quickly restore damaged buildings by covering the destroyed roof, repairing broken windows, and reinforcing damaged walls. “Dobrobat” volunteers are rebuilding residential blocks and detached houses, schools, outpatient clinics and infrastructure facilities.
Branches of the volunteer movement are located in Kyiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Mykolaiv, Zaporizhia and Kherson regions. And more than 40,000 people applied to join the ranks of “Dobrobat” including the residents of those areas where “Dobrobat” helps with reconstruction, and people from other regions, in particular, from currently occupied territories. Some foreigners joined the volunteer initiative as well.
For reference: Since the beginning of April, “Dobrobat” members have helped over 1,650 families whose homes were damaged. In particular, roofs were restored in more than 160 houses, windows were repaired in 95. More than 50 social infrastructure objects were rebuilt. In addition, they helped to clear the rubble of destroyed housing and clean the territory of infrastructure facilities.
A Lviv photographer takes photos of the victims of russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine (military and civilian) as part of “The Unburnt” project
Soldier named Illya became the first participant of such a photo shoot. The man had caught fire in a tank during a combat mission, as a result of which he had received many burns and skin damage. He is very concerned about the appearance of his face, because others pay too much attention to it and get scared of it. Currently, he is being helped by doctors within the framework of “The Unburnt” project.
For reference: “The Unburnt” charity project for aesthetic medicine was launched in Ukraine to provide comprehensive, free treatment for soldiers, volunteers, civilians and children who have received burns and scars as a result of war. The work is carried out with the support of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and with the help of partners.
Since the beginning of russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Kateryna has gathered a team of women activists in Dnipro who bake delicious snacks and hand them over to the defenders. (An enemy shell hit Kateryna’s own home in Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk oblast).
The initiative was named “Baking Troops”. Currently, volunteers bake pies, gingerbread, cookies, and poppy seed rolls. They even make pancakes and pizzas for the military. Recently, they handed over their baked goods to feed the rescuers during the search and rescue operation in Dnipro. (On January 14, during a massive rocket attack, the russians hit a high-rise building in Dnipro. 46 people died, 81 were injured).
In spring, high-quality prosthetics, reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation will be available free of charge to Ukrainian military and civilians who suffered due to the war. An ultra-modern specialized clinic called Superhumans Center is being created on the basis of a medical facility in Lviv region. After being consulted by leading experts from the U.S. and Europe, Ukrainian doctors will provide treatment and rehabilitation of the highest quality. The prosthesis production site and an aquatic rehabilitation center will operate at the facility. The center will make use of advanced medical equipment.
Currently, the center’s premises are under renovation, but people who need prosthetics can already register for assistance and start consultations with doctors.
A military medic with the call sign “Daryna” has been helping Ukrainians since the beginning of russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The woman rescued the wounded both in Kherson region and along the Bakhmut axis. She had to provide aid in a field, in a basement, in the trenches, in transport, on the road, and sometimes even in a swamp.
Ukraine’s oldest botanical garden in Kharkiv has a collection of several thousand tropical plants. Due to russian missile attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, it now suffers from constant power outages. To keep tropical and subtropical plants from freezing, workers have to turn on the generator and heat the greenhouses.
For reference: The Botanical Garden of Karazin National University of Kharkiv is a part of Kharkiv’s nature reserve fund of national significance. The botanical garden is a research and environmental protection institution. It was founded in 1804.
As reported, at the beginning of winter it became known that Hryshko National Botanical Garden in Kyiv was taking precautions to save unique plants. Employees were stockpiling firewood to heat the greenhouses.
Tetiana Pototska owns a travel agency that was engaged in the organization of pilgrimage tours abroad before the full-scale war. But her fate was changed by chance: no one could bring the body of her friend’s father, who died in Kharkiv, to Lutsk, so Tetiana decided to help. Since then, the woman has become a volunteer: she evacuates the bodies of the killed soldiers from flash points and brings them to their families. In addition, the woman helps to evacuate the wounded people to Poland.
Since 2014, Olha has practiced the profession of a military psychologist. In 2018, she retired from work and together with her team founded the Veteran Hub — a space that supports the war veterans, as well as their close ones.
At the beginning of russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the woman joined the ranks of the patrol police (just when the enemy was breaking through to the capital city). Subsequently, together with the police, she went to the Kyiv region territories liberated by the Ukrainian military and helped local residents. And in the summer, she joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine, where she continues to work as a military psychologist.
Serhii Kalytiuk, the Ukrainian veteran, who uses a wheelchair after being injured, has become the central figure of the “People Come First” documentary photo project. Serhii was seriously wounded in the battle of Chervonyi Lyman in 2014. As part of the photo project, Serhii shares how he overcomes city barriers in the center of Lviv. The photos are accompanied by brief explanations of the problem depicted. Because the project is aimed at drawing attention to the problems of infrastructure accessibility and inclusion of disabled people.
For reference: Terrorist actions of russians add to the number of people with disabilities in Ukraine. This is especially true for Ukrainian defenders. Unfortunately, their homes and streets often meet them with barriers.
Father Tykhon is a Greek Catholic priest from Maryinka in Donetsk region. In 2014, when russia first tried to seize the region, Father Tykhon was captured because of his pro-Ukrainian activities. After his release, he was forced to leave his home. Currently, he works as a priest and a psychologist in Lviv. He helps not only the military, but also civilians, in particular, refugees and parents of captured Ukrainian defenders.
Odesa volunteers converted an old bus into a mobile bathhouse for soldiers at the front. They are currently finishing the work and will soon send the bathhouse to one of Odesa brigades at the front line. “Ukrinteravtoservis — Odesa” enterprise and “Good Luck” volunteer headquarters are responsible for this project. The creation of the first bathhouse cost them USD 4,000. In general, the volunteers want to make at least 5 of these: one for each Odesa brigade currently serving at the front.
Foreign volunteers of Siobhan’s Trust charity are currently in Ukraine with their “Pizza on Wheels” project. They cook pizza in a mobile oven and give it to Ukrainians who suffered from the war. They even visited the east of the country. And recently, people in Lviv region were also treated to freshly baked food. The charity is registered in Scotland, but volunteers are joined by foreigners from other countries, in particular, from Canada.
Doctors of Kherson Children’s Hospital have been helping patients since the beginning of russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine (children are brought here from the de-occupied territories). The facility survived the occupation.
In January, the russians attacked the building three times. (In particular, on New Year’s Eve, the enemy fired about seven shells at the hospital. As the result of the attack a fire started in the nurse’s office and the ward for the sick). In addition, there are hundreds of broken and boarded up windows, as well as damaged equipment in the hospital.
The chef, who has his own restaurant, came from the Netherlands to support the Ukrainians. Together with his wife, he treats Ukrainian refugees staying in shelters in Lviv region to pancakes. Donations from concerned Dutch people helped to buy food. The couple has a mobile kitchen to heat up pancakes. The husband and wife have been in Lviv region for more than a week. These days, they are making pancakes for Lviv residents.
The first gas turbine power plant in Ukraine started working in Irpin. If necessary, it will generate electricity for the city’s critical infrastructure facilities. The power plant generates energy using natural gas, and this significantly reduces the cost per kilowatt, compared to the fuel needed for generators. Ukraine plans to create a network of such small power plants. They will reduce the load on the power grid, which russia is trying to destroy.
Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, the National Cancer Institute in Kyiv has not stopped working (as reported, in February-March 2022, the invaders tried to break into the Ukrainian capital). The workers practically lived at the workplace, and one of the doctors voluntarily decided to go to the front to defend the country. Currently, people from de-occupied and occupied territories are being treated at the Institute.
Journalists can find out more about the difficulties cancer patients and doctors have to face due to the war and what has changed.
For reference: the National Cancer Institute is the oldest clinical cancer research center providing specialized and highly qualified medical care, as well as highly complex medical procedures in Ukraine.
On February 3, at 10:00 AM, a briefing on the implementation of “Offensive Guard” nation-wide campaign in Kharkiv oblast will be held in Kharkiv. The campaign involves the creation of new military brigades. The participants will include: Oleh Synyehubov, Head of Kharkiv Oblast Military Administration; Volodymyr Tymoshko, Head of the Main Directorate of the National Police in Kharkiv oblast; Serhii Khovailo, Deputy Head of the Eastern Territorial Directorate of the National Guard of Ukraine; Oleksandr Mykhailiuk, Acting Head of the 4th Border Detachment. The location of the briefing will be disclosed after registration.
For reference: the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine is forming 8 well-equipped combat brigades out of the units of the National Guard, the National Police and the State Border Guard Service.
Employees of one of the beauty salons in Lviv region were providing hairdressing services, when the power went out. However, they figured that they could finish their work at an Invincibility Center. (There is even a video of how they serve a client who came to have her hair dyed).
The owner of the salon, Anna, says that the rescuers at the Invincibility Center were good to the guests: they treated them to tasty food and tea. She adds that in case of a force majeure with the power supply, she will have to come back to the tent set up by the State Emergency Service.
By the way, this beauty salon holds volunteer “Kindness Days.” Among other things, hairdressing services are provided free of charge to internally displaced persons. And in February, they plan to organize the same for the military.
For reference: Invincibility Centers are places set up during the war where people can stay warm, get access to water, electricity, internet, etc.
Since the beginning of russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the occupiers have hit 13 objects of Beketov Kharkiv National University of Urban Economy. 16 educational buildings were destroyed. Nine dormitories were damaged and one was destroyed.
Currently, about half of the windows in the buildings of the university are missing, so they are boarded up or covered with plastic. Due to humidity, the premises begin to collapse. Heating systems were also damaged.
“Riding into the Future” project holds therapeutic horse riding classes for military personnel who have musculoskeletal disorders and amputated limbs after participating in combat.
The project was founded by a married couple of Oleksandra and Vasyl. Now Vasyl himself is at the front, so Oleksandra, together with Natalka, the founder of “DoloniDotyk” (a Touch of a Hand) NGO holds horse riding classes for wounded soldiers every week.
The team of “Zemliachky” (Countrywomen) NGO is working on an animated series about life in occupied Mariupol based on the diary of a local resident named Natalia. The series is called “Mariupol. Military Chronicles of a Civilian.” The last episode was supposed to be released on February 24, the anniversary of the beginning of russia’s full-scale invasion, however, the process was significantly slowed down due to blackouts.
For reference: “Zemliachky” project was created by a TV presenter and journalist Ksenia Drahanyuk to tell the world about incredible Ukrainian women. After russia’s full-scale invasion, the project turned into an NGO with a volunteer headquarters that helps Ukrainian military women.
Olha, call sign “Vidma” (Witch), was a lawyer, but during the all-out war, she became the commander of a mortar platoon of one of Kyiv territorial defense units. Recently, the woman returned from Bakhmut, where the soldiers under her command managed to repel many enemy attacks.
On February 5, one of the russian missiles hit the central building of Beketov Kharkiv National University of Urban Economy. A university security guard was injured. Several floors and laboratory equipment were destroyed, Megapolis research center was damaged. University staff and students immediately joined the efforts to clear the debris and clean the territory.
As reported, since the beginning of russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the occupiers have hit the university campus over ten times. Many buildings were destroyed. Nine dormitories were damaged and one was destroyed. Currently, about half of the windows in the buildings of the University are missing, so the openings are boarded up or covered with plastic.
Volunteers in Kyiv region make special bulletproof vests for dogs. They are handed over to the canines of the National Guard, the State Emergency Service and “Antares” canine search and rescue team. Protective equipment is necessary for dogs that take part in demining and search and rescue operations. So far, volunteers have already produced and handed over two dozen of these bulletproof vests to the special services.
Since the beginning of the all-out war, volunteers of “Save Ukraine” charitable foundation have brought back 44 children who had been deported to russia and occupied Crimea. To do this, they even had to organize rescue operations. Volunteers also actively evacuate children from the war zone.
Journalists can ask Mykola Kuleba, Founder of “Save Ukraine”, Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for Children’s Rights (2014-2021) about how these processes take place, what difficulties have to be overcome in order to save deported children and those in the danger zone. You can find out more about the legal issues of the return of young Ukrainians from the foundation’s lawyer.
For reference: according to Children of War, a state platform for searching for missing children, as of February 7, more than 16,000 Ukrainian children were deported by the occupiers.
Jerzy Jurczyński from Poznań in Poland clears debris together with rescuers from Kharkiv. The 55-year-old Pole with 10 years of mountaineering experience came to Ukraine in June as a coordinator of humanitarian aid from a Polish charitable foundation. Currently, he is the only foreigner in the team of Kharkiv climbers. He cleared the debris in schools, residential buildings and industrial zones destroyed by russian shells. In particular, he cleared the rubble in part of the city with the most destruction — Saltivka. He also helped rescuers eliminate the consequences of russia’s February 5 attack on the city center.
In addition, Jerzy Jurczyński often brings aid to the front.
Said Ismagilov is from Donetsk region. Before russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, he was the Mufti of the Religious Administration of Muslims of Ukraine “Ummah.” After the start of the full-scale war, he resigned and went to the front as a volunteer. Now he serves in one of the paramedic brigades in Bakhmut. In particular, he takes the wounded to the aid station. There is also a video of him reading one of the chapters of the Quran dedicated to victory in the ruins of this city.
In the past, Sergiy Stakhovsky was the best tennis player of Ukraine. Last year, he ended his professional career and took up winemaking. After the beginning of russia’s full-scale invasion, the tennis player interrupted his vacation in Dubai, returned to Ukraine and joined the ranks of the Territorial Defense Forces of Kyiv. When the russians retreated from the capital, Sergiy was transferred to the reserve of the Armed Forces. Currently, he defends Ukraine in the ranks of the National Guard. Sergiy Stakhovsky is in Kyiv until February 14, and then he leaves for the east of Ukraine.
On February 16, the star of the TV series Game of Thrones Jack Gleason, who played the role of King Joffrey, will visit Ukraine for the first time.
Jack will stay in Ukraine for 3-4 days. During this time, he will hold several acting master classes and workshops, and will meet with Ukrainian military personnel. He will also take part in charity fundraisers and auctions in support of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and will visit the capital’s theaters.
The actor will get to Ukraine in a pickup truck, which he and his friends are delivering to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Iryna is a PE teacher from Bucha. In March 2022, the woman was held captive by the occupiers for nine days. Fortunately, she managed to escape. Today, Iryna continues to live in Bucha and work as a PE teacher. She also helps children cope with war trauma.
On February 10, a delegation of high-ranking U.S. officials and the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine will make an official visit to the farms of Chernihiv oblast. The officials will visit one of the locations where the temporary grain storage project is being brought to fruition as part of the Agriculture Resilience Initiative — AGRI-Ukraine, which is implemented through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
This is one of 12 locations located in different regions of Ukraine, for which the USAID AGRO Program purchased and transferred a total of almost 8,000 grain sleeves, equipment for putting grain in sleeves, and modular structures for grain storage in 2022. During the visit, American high-ranking officials will hand over grain aeration equipment to farmers.
Transfer from Kyiv will be organized for the media representatives. Accreditation required.
russia’s full-scale invasion had a negative impact on the lives of pets. In particular, many animal shelters are overcrowded in Odesa. People who are forced to leave abroad often leave their pets behind, and these can be adult animals that are used to living inside instead of being kept in enclosures. In addition, volunteers care for and treat animals that have become homeless due to the war. In addition, the military bring many animals from the combat zone to animal rights activists.
Activists can show and tell journalists how the war changes the lives of pets.