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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.
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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.