Mutual Aid Alert for East Ukraine

by Favela 61
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Mutual Aid Alert for East Ukraine
Mutual Aid Alert for East Ukraine
Mutual Aid Alert for East Ukraine
Mutual Aid Alert for East Ukraine
Mutual Aid Alert for East Ukraine
Mutual Aid Alert for East Ukraine
Mutual Aid Alert for East Ukraine
Mutual Aid Alert for East Ukraine
Mutual Aid Alert for East Ukraine
Humanitarian aid for the local civilians
Humanitarian aid for the local civilians

Entering with your kind help already in the 8th month of the big war at its very edge, we are writing this report not in the same circumstances as we were at the time of writing the previous one. All these months our city was being destroyed with Russian ballistic missiles every night and 220-mm cluster rockets when people go to work or from work - especially public transport stops and similar places. In this terrifyingly monotonous methodicalness the whole summer passed. After the Ukrainian troops took back control of almost the entire occupied third Kharkiv region by mid-September, including all the settlements between the north of Kharkiv and the Russian border, shelling became much less. Now our long-suffering metropolis, probably, is no longer the most front-line regional center, having ceded this role to Zaporozhye! In the de-occupied towns and villages, demining is still ongoing, so this report is dedicated first of all to summer events.

Nevertheless, the difficulty of getting here with rocket and cannon artillery did not give us safety, but forced the aggressor to change tactics. Now they are trying to leave the population without heat and light: on the evening of September 11, the largest thermal power plant in the region was hit by two missiles, which led the whole of Kharkiv to two complete blackouts over the next day, and as a result of a new missile attack on an infrastructure object, two days ago, power went out inparts of the city. It seems that this is just a warm-up before the heating season, and one can only imagine how it will look like in -20 °C. So,the upcoming heating season may be the biggest problem for our places. We are now preparing a community heating point in the house of our participant on the marginal industrial outskirts.

We also continued to supply the community with humanitarian aid throughout the reporting period, although at the beginning of the summer and then from August we were forced to sharply reduce its amount due to the uncertainty of how long the war would last and an increase in the price of food by an average of 25% (fruits and vegetables have risen in price most of all - by 67.8% and 65.9% since the beginning of the year, respectively). However, due to the some exodus of the population, the target audience for this case has probably decreased too.

There are already some successes in our project on the revival of wounded areas. As we already told, Kharkov authorities and developers associated with them plan to demolish historical buildings damaged by bombing for the construction of commercial facilities instead of their restoration. And their attempt to finish off in this way one of the oldest houses in our city, almost 200 years old, has already been stopped by the intervention of us and our readers. In another case, a beautiful nineteenth-century hospital building, having been injured by shelling in March, was slowly deteriorating from rain and dampness, and thanks to our attention, work began to prevent much more damage. Monitoring of the situation must be continued daily, as they are hoping precisely for weakening our vigilance.    

Our English-language international column mostly on Russian political prisoners and the anti-war struggle among our northeastern neighbors is filling up more and more. Due to the open mobilization began in their country a week ago, we now have much more work to do in this field!

Let us know if you want to visit our city. Keep in touch! 

Humanitarian aid for the local civilians
Humanitarian aid for the local civilians
Children's Day can be positive even in the war!
Children's Day can be positive even in the war!
Statistics of our website from August to September
Statistics of our website from August to September
Our blog on Libcom near world media in the search!
Our blog on Libcom near world media in the search!

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What the semi-siege of Kharkiv looks like
What the semi-siege of Kharkiv looks like
Since the outbreak of hostilities the dawn of February 24 around Kharkiv, our activity in the city being devastated by Russian rockets from north and east divided into two areas: extraordinary and usual. As part of the first, we delivered and handed out essential goods (mostly food) for free to those who constantly hid at subway stations actually abandoned by the authorities to their fate, as well as to those who rarely receive humanitarian aid because their places are a grey zone or just too remote. We made an average of 1-2 trips per week. Nobody counted the exact number of the audience, but every time dozens of people in need came to us! 
Then the subway began to gradually empty and operates normally since May 24 after the evacuation of people to other cities or their going to apartments. But despite the taking of control by the Ukrainian army over part of the occupied northern settlements (see the map), the city is still the target of daily shelling from the most heavy weapons, as well as its north suburbs. Since May, we visit them much less, due to daily murderous fire from the border and often ban for civilians from entering if they are not residents.
At the same time, we continue regular media activity. In our online newsletter are published more than 20 colorful unique reports about survival of the Kharkiv population in a half-destroyed city, presentations of various volunteer initiatives and coordination of their actions: https://assembly.org.ua/
Thanks to the opportunity to devote time to this work provided by the funds from GlobalGiving, our traffic increased by about 80% in two war months alone (see highlighted in red in the screenshot). Meanwhile, since the very beginning of the war, our group also runs the most popular blog on a large British resource to conduct international surveys, interviews and investigations about social issues of this madness: https://libcom.org/tags/assemblyorgua
Now we intend to continue work on humanitarian needs not sufficiently covered by institutional structures, at the same time have plans for some more ambitious steps to develop self-organization, especially through collective restoration of destroyed neighbourhoods (e.g. in last days of the spring we joined a horizontal participatory volunteer network for re-planning of Kharkiv toward decentralization to make it more ecologically sustainable and less commercially oriented). Such things were announced by us before the war and now are many times more relevant than ever. 
So, let's go from ensuring the economic resilience of the community to the change of its social fabric. Restarting the life with the moving of battles toward the border is a chance to cardinally rebuild it. Think globally, act locally!
Let us know if you want to visit our city. Keep in touch! 
Food loads
Food loads
Barricading together with municipal workers
Barricading together with municipal workers
Medicines aid
Medicines aid
Growing of our journal thanks to your donations
Growing of our journal thanks to your donations

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