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Since 2014, Olha has practiced the profession of a military psychologist. In 2018, she retired from work and together with her team founded the Veteran Hub — a space that supports the war veterans, as well as their close ones.
At the beginning of russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the woman joined the ranks of the patrol police (just when the enemy was breaking through to the capital city). Subsequently, together with the police, she went to the Kyiv region territories liberated by the Ukrainian military and helped local residents. And in the summer, she joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine, where she continues to work as a military psychologist.
Tetiana Pototska owns a travel agency that was engaged in the organization of pilgrimage tours abroad before the full-scale war. But her fate was changed by chance: no one could bring the body of her friend’s father, who died in Kharkiv, to Lutsk, so Tetiana decided to help. Since then, the woman has become a volunteer: she evacuates the bodies of the killed soldiers from flash points and brings them to their families. In addition, the woman helps to evacuate the wounded people to Poland.
A military medic with the call sign “Daryna” has been helping Ukrainians since the beginning of russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The woman rescued the wounded both in Kherson region and along the Bakhmut axis. She had to provide aid in a field, in a basement, in the trenches, in transport, on the road, and sometimes even in a swamp.
The “Countrywomen” Non-Profit Organization launched the project entitled “Psychological Support for Women in War”, within the framework of which it brought together a team of qualified psychologists to provide defenders at the front line with individual consultations.
Consultations take place online from any trench or position. Each military who applies for help is given 8–10 sessions with a psychologist. In order to contact a specialist, the defender only needs to write a message in Telegram and be sure that her mental health is in safe hands.
For reference: Since March 2022, “Countrywomen” Non-Profit Organization has been supporting the female defenders at the front line with the necessary ammunition, uniforms, shoes and boxes with “women’s humanitarian aid”.
After the beginning of russia’s full-scale aggression, Ukrainian specialists, with the support of international volunteers, founded the Dattalion project. The Dattalion website has already collected more than 5,500 videos, 26,000 photos and 140 eyewitness’ accounts. Thanks to the largest free and independent photo and video database, as well as the database of verified eyewitness’ accounts, DATTALION is an important source for understanding the realities of the russo-Ukrainian war.
Khrystyna holds the rank of a senior lieutenant of the National Guard of Ukraine and is the Deputy Commander of a mortar battery. She is 29 years old. In early February 2022, she and her group came for reconnaissance to Stanytsia Luhanska, where they met with the beginning of the full-scale russian invasion. She defended the country, in particular, in Sievierodonetsk, Rubizhne, Lysychansk and near Bakhmut. She took part in offensive operations aimed at the liberation of Lyman.
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.
Alina Panina, a border guard dog handler, was released from russian captivity during an exchange on October 17. Before the start of the all-out war, Alina worked in Mariupol’s trading port, and she was captured during the defense of Azovstal. The woman has already returned to the service, now — on the Ukrainian-Polish border. Her husband, also a border guard, was captured by the russians. The russians did not return the two dogs that were with Alina at Azovstal. Currently, Alina works with a new four-legged partner, a spaniel that has been given to her by friends.
For the first time ever in Ukraine, an exhibition of female military uniforms and gear was presented, which had been developed as part of the “Arm Women Now” project. Previously, Iryna Nykorak, Deputy of the Kyiv City Council, the project initiator, noted that this uniform is made in such a way that women with any size and type of body feel comfortable. It is known that now the uniform is being officially tested in the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
For reference: In late November, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine reported that almost 60,000 women serve in the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The women’s football team “Mariupol” was forced to leave their home town after russia’s full-scale invasion. Now the girls live and train in Kyiv. They also earn money to keep the team on their own. The football players have been trying to be financially independent for 4 years now. Back in Mariupol, during their training-free time, they were preparing semi-finished products for sale: they were making meat and other dumplings, meat pastries and baked pancakes. In Kyiv, they try to restore the production, but in Mariupol, the athletes have lost their production shop. So now they need new equipment. The girls receive assistance from the Keep Going project, which provides material support to the Ukrainians who bring victory closer. The project collects UAH 350,000 for the athletes to buy equipment that will allow the team to resume the business and continue to represent Mariupol in football competitions.