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A ‘point of invincibility’ has opened in St. Andrew’s Church in Kyiv. The Kyiv City Military Administration reports that the Point of Invincibility can accommodate several dozen people. It has Internet connection, is equipped with a powerful generator, industrial electric fan heater, medical supplies, hot drinks, and a small library. In addition, any visitor can receive spiritual support, namely, a talk to a priest.
For reference: St. Andrew’s Church is an 18th-century historical architectural monument of decorative art of world significance built in 1747-1762 in the Baroque style by Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli.
The team of “Zemliachky” (Countrywomen) NGO is working on an animated series about life in occupied Mariupol based on the diary of a local resident named Natalia. The series is called “Mariupol. Military Chronicles of a Civilian.” The last episode was supposed to be released on February 24, the anniversary of the beginning of russia’s full-scale invasion, however, the process was significantly slowed down due to blackouts.
For reference: “Zemliachky” project was created by a TV presenter and journalist Ksenia Drahanyuk to tell the world about incredible Ukrainian women. After russia’s full-scale invasion, the project turned into an NGO with a volunteer headquarters that helps Ukrainian military women.
Employees of one of the beauty salons in Lviv region were providing hairdressing services, when the power went out. However, they figured that they could finish their work at an Invincibility Center. (There is even a video of how they serve a client who came to have her hair dyed).
The owner of the salon, Anna, says that the rescuers at the Invincibility Center were good to the guests: they treated them to tasty food and tea. She adds that in case of a force majeure with the power supply, she will have to come back to the tent set up by the State Emergency Service.
By the way, this beauty salon holds volunteer “Kindness Days.” Among other things, hairdressing services are provided free of charge to internally displaced persons. And in February, they plan to organize the same for the military.
For reference: Invincibility Centers are places set up during the war where people can stay warm, get access to water, electricity, internet, etc.
The first gas turbine power plant in Ukraine started working in Irpin. If necessary, it will generate electricity for the city’s critical infrastructure facilities. The power plant generates energy using natural gas, and this significantly reduces the cost per kilowatt, compared to the fuel needed for generators. Ukraine plans to create a network of such small power plants. They will reduce the load on the power grid, which russia is trying to destroy.
Ukraine’s oldest botanical garden in Kharkiv has a collection of several thousand tropical plants. Due to russian missile attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, it now suffers from constant power outages. To keep tropical and subtropical plants from freezing, workers have to turn on the generator and heat the greenhouses.
For reference: The Botanical Garden of Karazin National University of Kharkiv is a part of Kharkiv’s nature reserve fund of national significance. The botanical garden is a research and environmental protection institution. It was founded in 1804.
As reported, at the beginning of winter it became known that Hryshko National Botanical Garden in Kyiv was taking precautions to save unique plants. Employees were stockpiling firewood to heat the greenhouses.
In Bucha, Kyiv region, a “yurt of invincibility” was opened.
This happened, in particular, with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Ukraine. During a blackout, local residents will be able to warm up and charge their gadgets in this yurt.
The well-known supermarket chain has set up a car co-working space in one of its parking lots in Kyiv city. Drivers and passengers can work in their vehicles if, for example, they have power cuts at home or at work and there is no communication. The car co-working space is equipped with Starlink terminals, for stable Internet connection. And if people get hungry, couriers can deliver food from the store directly to the passenger compartment.
In addition, supermarkets of the chain are equipped with autonomous power supply. So in case of power cuts, people come there to charge their gadgets, study, or work.
The Charity Foundation “Solomianski Kotyky” sets up its “invincibility points” in Kyiv city schools. They will be called “Teplytsi” (greenhouses). In general, they plan to create 10 points.
The Foundation has already opened a pilot “Teplytsi” project at School No. 229. It was visited by 3,500 people during the first month of operation. And on December 20 alone, more than 500 Kyiv residents found a shelter and a place to work there. The “Teplytsi” point also became a shelter for the tailed ones — 13 dogs visited it for a month.
Another one “Teplytsi” point was set up in the Ministry of Social Policy. Both locations are equipped with a generator and Starlink, an organized coffee break zone, a place for board games, work and volunteering.
In the Kyiv region, invincibility points will be set up based on temples of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. In the near future, it will be known exactly where they will be deployed.
For reference: Invincibility points are places where people can warm up, access water, electricity, Internet, and so on.
On the initiative of the National Bank, a joint Power Banking network was created in Ukraine, which will work and provide the necessary services to clients even during a blackout.
During long blackouts, people will be able to receive cash, make payments, exchange currencies or transfer funds in the branches of this network. In addition, it will be possible to consult with managers. Currently, more than 1,000 branches in all regions of the country are additionally equipped to work during a blackout.