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ARTREHUB is a volunteer-based initiative that provides psychological rehabilitation to veterans. Art rehabilitation therapy sessions are held once a week at the military rehabilitation center near Kyiv. The ARTREHUB’s team has been working with veterans since 2017.
Journalists are invited to the handover ceremony of mobile bath and laundry facilities to two combat units of the Ground Forces.
These facilities enable the soldiers to take a hot shower, wash and dry their clothing, and rest after combat missions.
Within three weeks, Charitable Foundation “RIY” (Swarm) managed to collect funds and equip two bath and laundry facilities, which will be handed over to the army on March 17. The goal is to provide the army with at least 20 facilities this year.
Five volunteers from Odesa, including welders, mechanics and electricians, assembled a military buggy. They developed the vehicle themselves, and even took some spare parts from a soviet car. They managed to assemble the buggy by themselves within one month. In the near future, defenders who shoot down enemy drones will be able to use it. And very soon volunteers will make another vehicle.
In addition, volunteers are making portable bathing facilities for the military, which will be also equipped with washing machines. There will even be a place to set up a barbershop in these facilities so that the military can shave and get a haircut.
Also, Odesa volunteers began making a mobile Invincibility Center out of a large bus.
Priest Andriy Zelinskyy is one of the first military chaplains in Ukraine. In June 2014, he provided spiritual support to Ukrainian soldiers in the east of the country. In Kyiv, he visited the first wounded in the Central Military Hospital.
Currently, the Armed Forces of Ukraine is in need of hundreds of chaplains for the army. In October 2022, Ukraine even saw the creation of the Military Chaplaincy Service to organize the training of chaplains.
For reference: Military chaplains are priests who combine their ecclesiastical office with other activities. A citizen of Ukraine with a higher theological education who is a clergyman of a church or religious organization registered in Ukraine may become a chaplain. This person must also be authorized to act as a chaplain by their church.
Soldiers of the ‘Seneca’ Special Forces unit, as a part of the 93rd separate mechanized brigade “Kholodnyi Yar”, have been defending Ukraine near Bakhmut for almost six months. ‘Seneca’ consists of more than 100 initiative volunteers engaged in aerial surveillance, dropping drone shells, working with ‘kamikaze’ drones, and wiretapping enemy radio stations.
‘Seneca’ is ready to share video footage of their work with journalists and, whenever possible, take the media with them on field trips.
According to “Ukrainian Women Veteran Movement” NGO, paramedics wear over 31 kg worth of gear every day: body armor, helmet, backpack with medicine, tourniquets, bandages, etc. They need to move quickly, roll over or carry the wounded. Veterans know from their own experience that it is difficult and could lead to devastating consequences for the musculoskeletal system. Therefore, the NGO decided to make life easier for these women and purchase 50 ultra-light bulletproof vests. (The weight of such a vest is 2 kg on average, and a standard one is 7 kg or more).
For reference: “Ukrainian Women Veteran Movement” NGO is a community of Ukrainian women with military experience. The NGO takes care of about a thousand female veterans and recruits: from advocating for the rights of female defenders to providing ammunition, basic hygiene products, cars, medical supplies, and drones. The organization’s mission is to help build a professional army where equal rights for women and men are guaranteed.
Vitalii and Andrii are the first patients to receive bionic hand prostheses at the Superhumans Center. Wearing the prosthesis, one of the defenders of Ukraine drew a blue and yellow heart, and then picked up and put down various objects, turned on the charger. Now he can drive a car, fold his clothes and comb his hair by himself. Another defender painted the Ukrainian flag and tried to fill the bag with things and lift it up, which he managed to do.
For reference: the Superhumans Center is a modern prosthetics, reconstruction and rehabilitation clinic that will soon open in Lviv. Currently, the hospital facilities are being supplied with necessary equipment. Superhumans services are free of charge for the victims of war.
In Moschun, Kyiv region, the work has begun to prepare the territory for the installation of the memorial. In particular, a part of the podium has already been installed and a driveway has been built. On March 11, relatives and friends of soldiers who died during the battles in Kyiv region will gather there to honor their memory.
For reference: some of the fiercest battles in Kyiv region took place in Moschun. Almost 70% of the houses in the village were destroyed. The Armed Forces of Ukraine liberated the village from the russian soldiers on March 21, 2022.
After an entrepreneur from Ivano-Frankivsk, together with German investors, set up its business, a newly built plastic surgery clinic placed only a few operations on a commercial basis. Since the war outbreak, everything has changed. It was then that it was decided to turn the facility into a volunteer surgical hospital where wounded soldiers are treated free of charge. Doctors from all over Ukraine and even scientists agreed to work unpaid. In addition, the entrepreneur opened an outpatient clinic where internally displaced persons are treated for free.
Pavlo Vyshebaba, a soldier and a poet, will go on his first charity tour of Ukraine. Charity performances will take place in several cities of the country (for example, on March 2, the military man will visit Lviv, and on March 14 — Kyiv). 100% of the collected funds will go to the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Fore reference: Pavlo Vyshebaba is a military man, Ukrainian poet, musician and public activist. His video poetry is getting millions of views on social media.