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The Lviv Defense Cluster together with ArtArmor project provides an opportunity to replace bulletproof vests that were damaged at the front free of charge. After all, body armor that has been hit at least once is no longer usable. Used armor plates from an old bulletproof vest will not go to waste, as artists from ArtArmor will turn them into works of art. Some of the works will be sold at auctions, and the proceeds will be used to help the military.
On April 10, during the exchange of prisoners, Valeriia Subotina, call sign “Nava,” Spokeswoman for the “Azov” regiment, returned to Ukraine. The woman was captured on May 16, 2022, during the withdrawal of the Ukrainian military from Azovstal.
Her love story went viral in Ukraine and the world. While still under siege at the Azovstal plant, she married a border guard, Andrii Subotin, on May 5 (the birthday of the Azov regiment). He even made engagement rings for them out of foil. However, he died shortly after, on May 7.
Zemliachky (Countrywomen) NGO together with Viddani project brought together 15 Ukrainian companies to create “dream weddings” for women who defend Ukraine. In particular, a jewelry brand, a lingerie store, a flower salon, hotels and restaurants joined the initiative. Their efforts came to fruition and the first wedding for a Ukrainian military woman was held on April 21. The idea for the project appeared after volunteers began to receive requests from the front line for a wedding wreath or an embroidered dress for a wedding at the front.
For reference: Zemliachky NGO helps military women, in particular, with women’s military uniforms. They also provide psychological assistance.
Magdy Zachary an American who served eight years in the Marine Corps and six years in the US Army and has been practicing tactical medicine for almost 30 years. He came to Ukraine after seeing a report from liberated Bucha. Since then, he has traveled around the country instructing units of the Armed Forces, Territorial Defence Forces, and volunteer groups.
Ukrainian military man Maksym Kolesnikov, whose photo with an apple went viral and made him famous after the release from captivity, returned into the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In addition, in April, Kolesnikov took part in the OSCE meeting in Vienna, where he spoke of the crimes that the russians are committing to Ukrainian prisoners. He is ready to tell his story to the media as well.
For reference: Maksym Kolesnikov was captured in March 2022. He was released during prisoner exchange on February 4, 2023.
VETERANKA Women’s Veteran Movement members, together with the ICF Victory Park representatives and the Kyiv Municipal Association Kyivzelenbud workers, planted magnolias in Maria Zankovetska Park in the capital.
There are signs with a QR code to find near each tree. It redirects to raise funds to purchase army summer boots for women in the military. These are paramedics, aerial reconnaissance, machine gunners, and assault troops who spend more than 17 hours a day in the trenches, on combat positions in extreme terrain. You can also join the charity project online.
Maksym Pasichnyk, a veteran of airborne assault troops, and Vadym Kovalenko, one of Ukraine’s best triathletes, are going to the U.S. to raise funds to help veterans of the russo-Ukrainian war. Vadym and Max will hold a series of meetings with rehabilitation experts, public figures, athletes and officials. At the end of the trip, Ukrainians will take part in the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon. They will run the distance together with American military veterans. All collected funds will be used to rehabilitate Ukrainian heroes. On April 28, Maksym Pasichnyk and Vadym Kovalenko will hold a briefing for journalists at Media Center Ukraine — Ukrinform. Marathon runners are available for comments in Kyiv until April 29.
On May 4, 2023, Dmytro Lubinets, the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, will hold a large press conference in Kyiv.
The Commissioner is ready to speak about the atrocities he saw with his own eyes: torture chambers in the liberated regions of Ukraine, mass burials in Izyum, testimonies of people who were in occupation and who know from their own experience what the conditions in the torture chambers were like, the return of Ukrainian children kidnapped by the russian federation, communication with the russian Commissioner for Human Rights regarding humanitarian issues, the results of this communication, the return of Ukrainian soldiers who were in russian captivity, problems with the return of civilian hostages currently held by the russian federation.
Accreditation is required.
The national selection for the Invictus Games will be held in Lviv (international competition among servicemen and war veterans who suffered wounds and injuries, as a result of or in active duty in the war zone). This year the competition will include 9 sports. The national team of Ukraine will be formed based on the results of the selection. It will represent the country at the Invictus Games international competition in September in Germany.
The accreditation is open until 6:00 PM on April 26, 2023.
Important: For security reasons, the organizers are forced to introduce restrictions on spreading the information during the competition. All media representatives that will receive accreditation will be able to collect information unhindered, but it can be made public only after the end of the competition.
More than 200 people have already received help at the Odesa Center for Psychological Support of the Naval Forces. These are Navy personnel and members of their families, as well as relatives of captured and deceased soldiers. The center specializes in various types of therapeutic support, in particular, animal-assisted therapy. Groups of military personnel have undergone equine-assisted therapy, and for children they have introduced canistherapy (rehabilitation with the help of dogs). The Psychological Support Center works with professional canine experts.