Hey, people, a bit of news here.
I’ve decided that I start fundraising to help wounded Azovstal soldiers.
That’s on the regular basis.
#HelpAzovstalDefenders Image
The recent campaign to help heal Mykhailo Dianov, the Azovstal marine, was quite a success. And so many of you guys are so eager to keep donating.
I’m receiving donations on my PayPal account i.ponomarenko@kyivindependent.com ImageImage
I am to decide who gets the money for medical treatment, rehabilitation, prosthetics, etc, so your donations could be safe and fine. Of course, I’ll report to you guys here on Twitter.
I’ll focus on the Azovstal guys first. They need our help, many of them are dismembered, or their health condition is dire after months in Russian captivity. But this thing is infinite — many years after the war, we’ll be still having combat vets we must support. Image
Very soon, I’ll announce the first Azovsal defender we fundraise for. No matter how much money we collect, the whole sum will be transferred to the Azovstal defender or his relatives in charge of his treatment.
Please donate as much as you want and whenever you want. Image

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Sep 27
We’re just about to hit $50,000 in donations to #HelpAzovstalDefenders — and everyone is welcome to join!
The charity campaign was launched just 24 hours ago but we have already fundraised a lot.
We’re to provide medical treatment to disabled Azovstal soldiers. Image
Here’s my PayPal account for donations: i.ponomarenko@kyivindependent.com
Yeah, babe!! Image
Read 4 tweets
Sep 21
Azov Regiment’s commanding officer Denys “Redis” Prokopenko and deputy CO Svyatoslav “Kalyna” Palamar have been freed from Russian captivity
There’s a thermonuclear blast in the Russian milbloggers community right now
Sergiy “Volyna” Volynsky is free!!!
The heroic Azovstal Marine is getting back home.
Reportedly, Russia swapped the Azovstal leaders for Putin’s kin Viktor Medvedchuk.
Read 4 tweets
Sep 2
My hypothesis on what’s Ukraine doing in Kherson region.
The Ukrainian military likely put a stake on gradually exhausting and embattling Russia’s grouping on the Dnipro right bank — while also keeping it isolated from supplies and from across the river…
So Ukrainian forces are likely probing Russian defenses all along the line, looking for weak spots, trying to advance and capitalize on their gains if possible.
It certainly does not have enough manpower and hardware for a reckless, costly, Russian-style frontal attack…
… that would guarantee nothing but a high Ukrainian death toll. So the command has to use their brains and do it in a more subtle way.
I think this operation is not about territorial gains per se, but about grinding the Russian group of 20-25 BTGs down in hard combat…
Read 5 tweets
Aug 10
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Guys, it’s just the time for you to finally embrace the true Ukrainian wartime meme “BAVOVNA”.
The bavovna is exactly what happened to that Russian airfield in Crimea, in particular.
Once upon a time, when the Ukrainian military delivered a strike on Russian territory, local Russian officials on TV downplayed the blast effect and referred to it as “khlopok” (“a clap”) of absolutely mysterious origin.
But in Russian, the word “khlopok” can also mean “cotton” if it’s pronounced in a different way. “Khlopok” (meaning “cotton) is translated as “bavovna" in Ukrainian.
Read 6 tweets
Aug 6
#Amnestyinternational @amnesty
War is hard. It’s horrific. It’s far from all those clean, climate-controlled offices and chart boards.
Everybody thinks the same thing: how to survive and possibly get a mission done. If you have been there, you know it.
Whether we like it or not, it is often far from those ideal rules written on paper. It’s a good idea to demand that combating sides respect the law of war and keep civilians safe. Unfortunately, very often, it’s easier said than done.
Not a single nation was ideal in terms of civilian safety in war. And Ukraine is not perfect. Because, again, fighting a war against one of the world’s largest militaries is much more complicated than lecturing someone from thousands of kilometers away from the battlefield.
Read 11 tweets
Jul 31
On Olenivka prison massacre.
Russian propaganda, being what it is, offers a conspiracy theory saying that over 50 Ukrainian POWs, the Azovstal soldiers, were killed by a Ukrainian HIMARS strike — because Azov members started “giving testimonies.”
So Russian blogosphere is now savoring this narrative saying that evil Zelensky slaughtered his own POW “Ukro-Nazis” because he wanted to prevent them from revealing the “truth” (what kind of truth?) about his NATO Nazi Reich and how Ukraine is to blame for this war.
Because this apparently makes complete sense, you know.
Also, it was a great day for them because scores of Ukro-swines were killed, anyway.
But there’s a problem here.
I am old enough to remember how Azovstal soldiers ended up in Russian captivity in May.
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