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The independent volunteer art collective Spilka started drilling a well in the village of Korolivka, Makariv district, Kyiv Oblasts, on May 30. This village was heavily damaged during the fighting in February-March 2022. The drilling of the well is one of the stages of the project to help the village community: the hospital reconstruction, partially damaged by explosions, was the project’s first phase. Another stage will be constructing a bomb shelter at the Korolivka Lyceum. Currently, students cannot attend the institution having no shelter.
For reference: Spilka is an independent volunteer collective of artists based in New York, Paris and Kyiv. Spilka’s activities are focused on raising funds through artistic, cultural and sporting events in the cities of its main base.
Heavily damaged during the fighting, Irpin’s private sector is under comprehensive reconstruction. The area suffered most from constant artillery shelling and air strikes carried by the Russian military. More than 60 families who lost their homes could finally move back into their own homes by the end of this year. The houses will be restored at the expense of local and regional budgets, as well as the UN Refugee Agency. The agency is providing more than $2 million in construction materials. In addition to the houses, public works aim to complete street repairs.
For reference: In February-March 2022, Irpin city in the Kyiv region became the main battlefield during the Russian offensive against the capital. Russian invaders occupied a third of the city, and it was here that the Ukraine Armed Forces and the Territorial Defense Forces managed to defeat the Russians. Over 300 civilians were killed in the fighting, and thousands have become homeless. In particular, one of the city’s neighborhoods (described above) was almost completely destroyed, including by Russian air bombs.
On May 27, relatives of civilian prisoners from Kyiv region will organize the peace walk “Free the civilian prisoners.”
The organizers of the walk say that it has been almost 14 months since the civilian residents of Dymer and neighboring communities were taken captive by the aggressor, the russian federation.
“Thousands of civilians are currently held captive by russia. They are tortured, starved, put under psychological pressure and placed in an information vacuum. Innocent people are abused morally and physically. All of them should be released. WITHOUT CONDITIONS AND EXCHANGES!”.
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Dymer Village Council.
Some UAH 15 million were raised by Save Ukraine charitable fund and PrivatBank as a part of the charity campaign “Give Light to Children.” With these funds, benefactors purchased “security and development” backpacks for almost 2,000 children who lost their parents due to the war.
The results of the campaign will be announced on June 1, 2023 in Kyiv during a charitable educational event for 25 children cared for by Save Ukraine fund. PrivatBank specialists will hold a lesson on financial literacy for them, and Save Ukraine volunteers will talk about psychological practices that reduce the negative impact of war related trauma.
Visitors at the event will be the first to receive “security and development” backpacks as a part of the campaign. There is a tablet with educational apps in each gift bag. In addition to tablets, the backpacks also contain power banks, blankets, and other useful items that can give a sense of support to the children, from whom the war took away their most precious ones.
For reference: June 1 is International Children’s Day
As reported, Save Ukraine rescue network went on 6 missions to return 96 children to Ukraine after they had been illegally deported by russia.
Kherson authorities plan to install 60 mobile shelters. As of now, about 30 of them have already been put up in the city. In general, the authorities also want to install 150 mobile shelters in the de-occupied parts of Kherson region. They plan to put them up, first of all, near schools that do not have bomb shelters. The region also continues to repair shelters that have been abandoned and out of use.
“Dobrobat,” volunteer building division, is holding charity auctions as a part of the “Art of Invincibility” project. The proceeds will be used for materials and equipment required for the reconstruction of the Khortytsia National Educational and Rehabilitation Academy. The educational institution was significantly damaged as a result of a rocket attack by the occupiers in October of last year. “Dobrobat” intends to restore the premises of the academy.
The remains of russian rockets and ammunition, which have been turned into art objects, will be sold off at a charity auction. The lots include works by professional artists, amateurs and children from different regions of Ukraine. The auction will last until May 31.
On May 18, a “War crimes against Crimean Tatars – the signature of those found guilty committing the 1944 deportation” press conference will be held at the Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform. The current actions of the russian occupiers in Crimea largely repeat the ethnic cleansing the Soviet secret police NKVD on the peninsula was responsible for in 1944. The russian occupiers are persecuting local activists and leaders of the Crimean Tatar people. Speakers at the press conference will include Crimean Tatars who know firsthand what it is like to be persecuted on the peninsula.
For reference: On May 18, it’ll be 79 years since the forced eviction of Crimean Tatars from the peninsula, an egregious act that was recognized by Ukraine as genocide of the Crimean Tatar people.
According to the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, 175 cases of sexual violence perpetrated by the occupiers have been recorded since the beginning of the full-scale war in Ukraine. Obviously, far from all cases are reported, because some of the victims do not share their experiences publicly. Every victim has the right to receive free medical, psychological, social and legal assistance from the state.
Legal assistance is provided by the Free Legal Aid system. This is a network of physical legal aid offices and remote services responsible for providing legal aid that employs experienced lawyers. They provide consultations, help with the preparation of documents, making statements to law enforcement agencies and, if necessary, accompany victims in court. In addition, the system’s partner institutions can provide psychological support.
The village where farmer Hennadii lives was under shelling for six months. In order to detect explosive objects in the fields where he grew wheat, the man decided to purchase a drone with a thermal imager. (Debris of rockets or mines are displayed in a thermal imager differently than, for example, the ground or vegetation). With the permission of the military, the farmer inspects the land and takes pictures to show the EOD.
In addition, the farmer’s lavender field was damaged due to russia’s full-scale invasion. About a third of the plants died. Now he and his wife are trying to restore it. Previously, tourists visited the lavender field and held photo shoots there.
As reported, Oleksandr, another farmer from Kharkiv region, rebuilt an ordinary tractor to demine his fields.
Important notice: taking pictures of mined fields can be dangerous.
Gen.Ukrainian NGO deals with the treatment of children’s psychological trauma caused by the war. The organization is supported by the Olena Zelenska Foundation.
One of the project’s missions is to update international protocols for helping war-affected children around the world based on the real experience of the war in Ukraine.
Gen.Ukrainian organized a Gen.Camp, a health and educational camp for the psychological rehabilitation of children who have experienced traumatic events, lost their parents or witnessed war crimes.
Gen.Camp is a free camp that was based in Spain last year, and this year is located in the Carpathians. Ukrainian therapists work with young Ukrainians to stabilize their psycho-emotional state. (A new group of children will come to the camp on May 18).