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Zatyshok (a cozy place) anti-crisis transit hub for vulnerable categories of internally displaced persons from Donetsk region (persons with disabilities, orphans, the elderly, large families, single parents, families of military personnel, women and girls who have experienced gender-based violence) works in Dnipro.
The hub, among other things, provides free accommodation and meals for a period of 1 to 10 calendar days. And if necessary, they help with further evacuation, both within Ukraine and abroad (the length of stay is determined by the complexity of the specific situation of each person/family).
A lion has recently been evacuated to the Wild Animal Rescue Center in the Kyiv region from the Sumy region — the animal was in territory shelled by russians. Also, a lemur from Kherson city lives in the Center. He survived the occupation and a russian missile hit on the petting zoo where he was cared for. Now they and many other wild animals are recovering, the Center takes care of and treats them.
In general, since the beginning of full-scale invasion of the russian federation in Ukraine, the Wild Animal Rescue Center has hosted more than 600 animals of various species (lions, bears, tigers, wolves, leopards, wild birds, raccoons, etc.). The volunteers evacuated animals, in particular, from front-line zones and other dangerous territories.
Iryna Salikhova is a volunteer from Kherson city, who was recently awarded the Golden Heart award by the President of Ukraine. At the beginning of the full-scale invasion, she and her husband helped deliver vital medicines to hospitals for the wounded people. Subsequently, she gathered a whole team of volunteers (the initiative entitled “Kotyky-Patriotyky” (patriot catsie)), who coordinated and delivered food packages and medicines to those in need in different districts of the city, as well as in the region (there were no medical supplies in pharmacies during the period of occupation). People from other cities of Ukraine and from different countries helped with donations. In addition, the woman managed to attract grants from a humanitarian organization. Among other things, together with her husband, Iryna had to survive inquisitions, hide from the invaders and leave her hometown in late April.
On January 18, the Lviv Municipal Art Center will present animated works by participants of the Kherson “Residence Under Occupation” — artists who survived the occupation — as part of the project “Animation of Art Resistance in Occupation”.
For reference: “Animation of Art Resistance in Occupation” is a project aimed at promoting in the information space the artistic statements of Kherson artists who survived the occupation, or still remain in enemy gun sights. Some of the works resulted from the “Residence Under Occupation”, which was organized in April 2022 by the art critic and curator Yuliia Manukian. Then she was joined by artists who did not want to be passive observers of terrible events.
Oksana Pohomii, the volunteer and Deputy of the Kherson City Council, spent the entire period of occupation of the city waiting for its liberation from russian invaders. She also helped those who were experiencing hard times with her. The woman even managed to post videos from the occupied city. “Please remain alive”: Oksana’s readers have always expected to see those words in her posts.
Now Oksana Pohomii works towards restoration of Kherson after the occupation and continues to help those who need it.
The most famous football player of Ukraine, Andriy Shevchenko, has donated UAH 300,000 to Mariupol women’s football team. Now the athletes who were forced to leave their homes will be able to purchase equipment and run their own businesses.
After russia’s full-scale invasion, Mariupol women’s football team was forced to leave their hometown. The girls live and train in Kyiv now. In addition, they themselves earn money to support the team. Even back in Mariupol, football players sold ready-to-cook food: they made dumplings, varenyky, chebureki and baked pancakes. However, the sports women lost their production facility in their hometown, so they needed funds for new equipment. Keep Going project was raising UAH 350,000 for female athletes. Now, thanks to the contribution by Andriy Shevchenko, this amount has even been exceeded with over UAH 400,000 collected for the girls.
On Monday, January 9, the Ukrainian team of beauty industry masters will visit the Moshchun village of Buchanskyi district in Kyiv region. Beauty volunteers will make free haircuts, coloring and eyebrow correction, massages or hygienic manicures to those who wish.
For reference: The idea of beauty volunteering belongs to Olha Belytska, the make-up artist. Together with like-minded people, Olha comes to de-occupied settlements of the Kyiv region weekly to help people who survived the horrors of the occupation feel beautiful again.
The largest agricultural complex in the Kharkiv region survived the russian occupation. Now it resumes its activities and prepares international lawsuits to receive monetary compensation from russia. (According to preliminary estimates, the amount of damage caused by russian invasion exceeds half a billion hryvnias).
On the territory of the agricultural complex, you can now see broken buildings and the remains of dead pigs. They died due to lack of food, illness and shelling. Some pigs were simply given away to locals. It is also said that the invaders came and shot the animals to take them for themselves. In general, it will take 3–4 years to restore the livestock (after all, more than 60,000 pigs were lost). Additionally, several thousand hectares of leased land, where previously workers collected grain, remain mined. The feed factory was destroyed. Also, invaders stole equipment worth millions of hryvnias.
A teacher from Kakhovka, Kherson oblast, spent 7 months under occupation after russia captured the region. The invaders abducted him and pressured physically and mentally to impel to cooperate with the occupation authorities. However, Iurii did not give up. In the end, he managed to escape from the occupation. Now he lives in the Vinnytsia region and conducts courses of the New Ukrainian School for teachers of this region.
The building of the Kherson Regional Universal Scientific Library named after Oles Honchar was badly damaged during the russian occupation and immediately after the liberation of the city. In particular, the library was shelled by the enemy on November 19. The windows of the building, with a total area of about a thousand square meters, were broken. From the Dnieper side alone, no less than 88 windows were destroyed. Now the people concerned help to preserve the building for the winter. Owing to their contributions, the library managed to purchase materials to protect the building and “close” the damaged windows.