Friends of Ukraine Newsletter #5: Letters needed for political prisoners

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2015/11/06 • Help Ukraine

The fifth issue of Friends of Ukraine Network newsletter is out! We are grateful to everybody who contributes in it by sharing information with us, as well as creating ideas and holding events and actions. We try to include all your information in the newsletters, so if it has not already appeared, then it will be in next ones. So please keep the news coming. Note: most of the links here go to the Friends of Ukraine Network group in fb – please join the network to read them.

Here is our Newsletter #5

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We are glad to announce a new project #FormulaOfAction. In it, we will be gathering the secrets that make actions, protests, campaigns and other actions successful. Do you have an experience of success you would like to share with other activists, or know a story that is worth spreading? Tell us! Together we can find the best formula of action. Read more about the project, Join the event on FB.

The first in the #FormulaOfAction series investigates the actions of Ukrainian activists in Prague that oppose the policies of pro-Putin president Zeman: How a handful of activists turned the tide in pro-Putin Czech Republic| #FormulaOfAction

Upcoming events *

Support Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia! *

Hennadiy Afanasiev will be spending his 25th birthday on November 8 and Oleksandr Kolchenko turns 26 on November 26. You can support Afanasiev, Kolchenko, and Sentsov by writing them letters in Russian. Read more here and here

Boycott FIFA’s 2018 World Cup in Russia *

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Please sign and share the petition that Russia cannot be allowed to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup until Putin ends his war against Ukraine. Read more and sign the petition

November 11-12, Slush 2015, Helsinki, Finland *

SLUSH invites Ukrainian companies to the largest Finnish startup and investor event “Slush 2015”. Discount code: KRAINEinxSLUSH015. Slush is the focal point for startups and tech talent to meet with top-tier international investors, executives and media. In 2014, Slush brought together over 14.000 attendees and more than 3500 companies for the two-day event. More than 750 investors came to Helsinki to meet startups in nearly 3.800 pre-booked meetings. Slush is a non-profit event organized by a community of entrepreneurs, investors, students and music festival organizers. Read more and register

November 20, Charity evening “Hug and Save!”, Madrid, Spain *

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The evening is organized under support of Ukrainian Ambassador to Spain. Its purpose is to get Spain entrepreneurs acquainted with Ukrainian culture and to establish connections with them in helping Ukrainian IDPs. Read more

Resources *

Russian Army in Ukraine: Database and visualization *

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InformNapalm initiative has collected evidences of Russian invasion to Ukraine. The volunteer project has prepared infographics and summaries on Russian Army presence in the East of Ukraine. Read and share the information.

MH17 tragedy: The most comprehensive guide to conspiracies *

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Euromaidan Press has collected conspiracies of Russian propaganda about the downed MH17 aircraft. The article debunks those theories.

FOCUS: Ukrainian activists and the things they do *

Global Ukrainians forum *

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The second Global Ukrainians forum was held on 31 October in Kyiv. Lots of info on topics discussed in the event. Read more

Estonians contribute to development of tactical medicine in Ukraine *

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For more than a year now Estonia-based NGO Vaba Ukraina (Free Ukraine) has been raising donations and supporting Ukrainian Armed Forces with life-saving first-aid equipment and organizing tactical combat casuality care (TCCC) instructor courses for Ukrainian medics. Read more

 Christmas presents for Ukrainian kids who lost parents because of war in Ukraine *

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United Help Ukraine (a charitable organization dedicated to supporting Ukraine and helping families of wounded or killed Ukrainian soldiers and volunteers) is starting to collect Christmas presents for Ukrainian kids who lost a parent. Join and help by sharing this info, donating or purchasing a gift! Read more

Israel hosts Ukrainian Film Festival *

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The aim of the festival was to introduce the Israeli audience to Ukrainian filmmakers and dip into the history, culture and the realities of today’s Ukraine. Read more

Demand: To exclude Russia from UNO *

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A group of Crimean Tatars who now live in Poland protested in front of United Nations Information Cetnre in Warsaw demanding to exclude Russia from the UN. Read more

Announcements *

In honor of Holodomor victims – vigils worldwide on November 7 *

The memorial to Holodomor to be unveiled in Washington DC on 7 November 2015

The Holodomor monument will be unveiled in Washington DC on November 7. Ukrainian communities are being invited to hold candlelight vigils worldwide. The aim of the monument is not only to honor victims of Holodomor, but also to remind the world that like Stalin, Putin wants to destroy Ukraine. Read more and watch the video

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