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Artillery. Recovering after Debaltseve

2082 people donated
2 590 955 uah (101 091 USD)
of 2 590 954 uah (93 756 USD)
100% raised
Updated 12.02.2018 at 18:36
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Top in Debaltseve
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Why is it important?


It may represent a tipping point in the war in Ukraine and the situation is critical. Critical not just for the forces trying to wrest control of Russian-backed separatist territory, but potentially for all of Ukraine.

Debaltseve, in Eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk Oblast, was a strategic railway city existing as a once Kyiv-controlled peninsula now taken by Russia-backed separatists.

With the separatists taking Donetsk Airport in January after a lengthy and vicious assault, Debaltseve emerged as the new frontline and has sparked enough international concern that peninsula would soon to become an island, that Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor and French President Francois Hollande flew to Moscow to try to broker a ceasefire.

The battle for Debaltseve was the largest and potentially bloodiest battle between Russian-backed and Ukrainian troops since the beginning of the war. In this battle Ukrainian artillery protected the positions of mechanized brigades, reconnaissance and infantry in an attempt hold this strategic bridgehead that is the gateway to Gorlivka which, in turn, is the key to Donetsk.

At stake was the control of regional railway freighting of coal mined in rebel-held territory, something on which both Ukraine’s electricity generators and steel industry depend. The consequences for Ukraine’s energy sector and wider economy were therefore huge and this is a country still emerging from an Eastern European winter.

Footage about situation around Debaltseve:

The situation has played out rapidly. On January 23-24, Russian troops tried to sever the "road to life", the M-103 Highway – a corridor leading to the positions held by Ukrainian armed forces in Debaltseve by attacking the towns of Troitsk and Sverdlovsk. Then, on January 29 the enemy commenced a successful assault on Vuhlehirsk. After a pause in the fierce firefight until February 2 information about unexpected massive losses among the rebels began to spread. Civilians were evacuated as the enemy continued to reinforce troops with additional tank and artillery units. Our artillery was forced to withdraw suffering massive losses of equipment meaning they need support now more than ever.

Thousands flee Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine – in pictures. The Guardian.

Massive artillery counter-strikes were the only thing allowing Ukrainian forces to keep control over Debaltseve. Due to the relatively small size of the bridgehead the use of artillery was only effective for so long.

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It was targeted fire, destroying whole columns of enemy armored vehicles, allowing our forces to maintain defense. While the artillery were not lacking ammunition, the basic technical support that was of crucial importance for the continuing defense of this strategic point left much to be desired.

From July 29, when the Ukrainian army liberated Debaltseve from terrorist control and regained control of the "road of life", every day for our military has been in an artillery duel. At the forefront of this duel were the howitzer batteries of the 55th Detached Artillery Brigade from Zaporizhia. They were firing about 500 shells a day and got the same amount fired back at them in return.

The constant bombardment on the 55th Brigade’s in firing positions led to them being dubbed "Gods of War".

The 55th Brigade has taken an active part in all aspects of this war. Apart from Debaltseve, they keep defending districts around Donetsk Airport, and are repelling attacks on Mariupol and Volnovakha. They also suffered horrific losses during the battle for Ilovaisk, where Ukrainian military and volunteers were surrounded by Russian-backed forces and were massacred despite an agreed ceasefire and the provision of a humanitarian corridor.
The siege of Debaltseve has the potential to be worse, not just for the Ukrainian forces, but also civilians caught in the crossfire.

Desperation and Destruction in Contested Ukraine City. The New York Times.

 


Where does the money go?


Volunteer group, the Sisters of Victory have visited each battery of the 55th Brigade. They returned from Debaltseve and made a list of most pressing needs of the brigades.

Firstly they need equipment to ensure the continuous operation of howitzer guns, anti-tank batteries, devices for reconnaissance and identifying enemy firing positions, as well as devices for artillery fire adjustment.

UAVs (commonly called drones) help to accurately determine the coordinates of enemy positions for the artillery to destroy.

Thermal imagers are for the anti-tank batteries. They are fighting at distances up to 5 kilometers and shoot within sight. Furthermore, thermal imagers are of vital importance for protecting the artillery camps from approaching groups of enemy reconnaissance and assault units.

Quality Kestrel 4500 weather meters with weather vanes. Weather meters are used to measure meteorological conditions, taking into account error correction and artillery calculations on tablets.

Diesel generators, charger-starting devices and inverters are needed to ensure uninterrupted power supply of batteries and firing positions.

Brigade photo

  • 16December2015

    The project budget increased by UAH 236 160. Based on the immediate needs of the military, two UAV complexes Leleka-100 added to the budget.

  • 05November2015

    The project budget reduced by UAH 764 870. For the moment we decided to supply one UAV complex to artillery.

  • 13August2015

    The project budget increased by UAH 664 240. KrAZ vehicles and excavators were excluded from the list of needs. Our partners in this project - Victory Sisters Foundation managed to get the vehicles from Ministry of Defence. Instead, there is an urgent need for high-level drones, drones that meet the needs of artillery reconnaissance. Thus, two UAVs added to the project.

  • 17June2015

    The project budget increased by 126 000 UAH, the donor purchased one more fire control system for artillery.

  • 05June2015

    The project budget increased by 38 148 UAH, generators and binoculars added to the project.

Thermal imager Pulsar Quantum HD50s
Thermal imager Pulsar Quantum HD50s
paid 100%
6/6 un.
548 096 UAH
Kestrel 4500 weather meters
Kestrel 4500 weather meters
paid 100%
6/6 un.
76 440 UAH
with Bluetooth, weathervane and tripod
Diesel generators
Diesel generators
paid 100%
14/14 un.
230 630 UAH
Laser rangefinder Newcon LRB 6000 CI
Laser rangefinder Newcon LRB 6000 CI
paid 100%
1/1 un.
155 840 UAH
with tripod
GPS Garmin 20
GPS Garmin 20
paid 100%
4/4 un.
25 992 UAH
Car battery Virbac 190
Car battery Virbac 190
paid 100%
4/4 un.
12 924 UAH
Automotive radiator
Automotive radiator
paid 100%
1/1 un.
5 400 UAH
SUVA 1408 system
SUVA 1408 system
paid 100%
3/3 un.
408 684 UAH
artillery fire control system
Laser rangefinder Newcon LRB 6000 CI
Laser rangefinder Newcon LRB 6000 CI
paid 100%
1/1 un.
Transfered from project Artillery Rangefinder
Batteries (2 pcs.) and charger for navigators
Batteries (2 pcs.) and charger for navigators
paid 100%
4/4 sets
1 055 UAH
Gas generator
Gas generator
paid 100%
1/1 un.
4 000 UAH
Binoculars YUKON BЗ 30х50
Binoculars YUKON BЗ 30х50
paid 100%
5/5 un.
14 250 UAH
UAV 'Leleka-100'
UAV 'Leleka-100'
paid 100%
2/2 un.
392 000 UAH
Asus MeMO Pad 7
Asus MeMO Pad 7
paid 100%
8/8 un.
17 480 UAH
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7"
paid 100%
30/30 un.
62 250 UAH
Tires Forward traction 310.16 R20(300R508)
Tires Forward traction 310.16 R20(300R508)
paid 100%
10/10 un.
42 000 UAH
Funds raised via PayPal account spent by 'Victory Sisters' foundation
Funds raised via PayPal account spent by 'Victory Sisters' foundation
paid 100%
1/1 un.
593 913 UAH

Totally:   2 590 953.00 UAH

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Needed
100%raised
Raised: 2 590 955 UAH(101 091 USD)
Still needed 0 UAH(0 USD)
100%spent
Spent 2 590 955 UAH(70 852 USD)
Balance 0 UAH(0 USD)
Donations
2 590 955 UAH (101 091 USD)
In kind contributions
DateItemQ-tyUAH equivalentComment
17/06/15Artillery fire control system1126000 UAHsponsorship
01/04/15Laser rangefinder Newcon LRB 6000 CI1--transferred from   Artillery rangefinder
30/03/15Artillery fire control system 2282684 UAHsponsorship
17/02/15Weather station Kestrel 4500 with Bluetooth and weather wane676440.00 UAHPaid with the money transferred for Facebook reposts
Total: 485 124 UAH (13 266 USD)
PayPal
DateTimeAmountCountryDonor
01/11/1506:2952.11 USDUApuga*
28/10/1500:0547.50 USDUSvolo*
20/10/1519:4847.50 USDUScher*
12/10/1517:30955.70 USDUStvov*
11/10/1513:2981.38 USDDEskst*
03/10/1509:0752.11 USDUApuga*
19/09/1513:4128.68 USDGBkoni*
17/09/1516:4256.88 USDUAlore*
16/09/1504:5547.35 USDUAvlad*
15/09/1502:51286.50 USDUSkot.*
14/09/1503:4647.50 USDUSvolo*
13/09/1514:5881.38 USDDEskst*
11/09/1502:33143.10 USDUSkate*
10/09/1509:0414.19 USDGBoleg*
08/09/1500:349.26 USDUSserg*
06/09/1515:4911.23 USDFRsabe*
06/09/1512:2152.11 USDUApuga*
31/08/1521:5947.50 USDUSsgre*
25/08/1510:52144.60 USDGBroma*
23/08/1508:2881.38 USDDEskst*
19/08/1514:4018.92 USDFRrkut*
18/08/1518:47286.50 USDCAa.mo*
17/08/1508:5728.56 USDSEihor*
15/08/1521:4747.75 USDDEvale*
15/08/1517:2471.85 USDFIvpro*
14/08/1512:3895.00 USDUAserg*
13/08/1522:3395.30 USDUSpavl*
12/08/1521:3314.11 USDDEdimi*
12/08/1519:2128.53 USDDEjoes*
12/08/1517:09239.95 USDNLl.gr*
11/08/1517:5314.11 USDDEmuen*
09/08/1516:2147.35 USDRUarth*
09/08/1512:4118.92 USDDEolex*
07/08/1510:0014.11 USDFRsabe*
02/08/1513:41105.48 USDUApuga*
29/07/1520:2447.50 USDUSvolo*
28/07/1512:11289.50 USDGBroma*
26/07/1517:2214.04 USDCAvolo*
26/07/1517:03143.85 USDNLmink*
18/07/1518:24190.90 USDUSmmam*
31 111.43 USD
* USD 31111.43 equivalent UAH 1 137 701.44 NBU exchange rate
* Commission payments via PayPal ranges from 0.3% to 7.4% + $0.30

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Settlement account
DateTimeAmountDonor
10/05/1503:03100 UAH ******6415
09/05/1509:1250 UAH ******5324
08/05/1516:55800 UAH
08/05/1515:1650 UAH
08/05/1512:21500 UAH ******8747
08/05/1501:0450 UAH ******3280
07/05/1513:591 000 UAH ******4992
07/05/1509:36350 UAH ******2849
06/05/1501:2150 UAH ******2324
05/05/1521:4120 UAH ******5310
05/05/1510:43100 UAH ******6517
05/05/1510:09150 UAH ******8333
03/05/1515:421 000 UAH ******1123
03/05/1512:11400 UAH ******3634
01/05/1502:4910 USD ******1526
30/04/1516:58150 UAH ******7128
29/04/1511:06500 UAH ******6580
29/04/1506:312 000 UAH
28/04/1513:19210 UAH
28/04/1511:571 090 UAH
28/04/1510:432 000 UAH
28/04/1509:49200 UAH
27/04/1513:45150 UAH ******6789
27/04/1509:57UAH ******9002
26/04/1522:23500 UAH
26/04/1510:08500 UAH ******4623
25/04/1521:1720 UAH ******5310
25/04/1518:42710 UAH ******0252
25/04/1514:17500 UAH ******8847
25/04/1510:20200 UAH ******9948
25/04/1509:2550 UAH ******5324
25/04/1507:24500 UAH ******3245
24/04/1519:37500 UAH ******1449
24/04/1518:3850 USD ******6541
24/04/1512:55150 UAH ******8367
24/04/1511:091 175 UAH
24/04/1504:00250 UAH ******7853
23/04/1523:371 000 UAH ******6074
23/04/1522:50150 UAH ******6097
23/04/1515:4030 000 UAH
Totally (with regard to the amount of the fee*): 1 308 450.00 UAH (51 112 USD)
* Комісія з платежів через LiqPay власників карт Visa та MasterCard ПриватБанк 0%, для карт Visa та MasterCard інших банків - 2,75%
* Currency is converted automatically into Ukrainian hryvnias at the moment of transfer.

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Spending
2 590 955 UAH (70 852 USD)
Current project spending
DateItemQ-tyCostStatus
19/05/2016Thermal imager Pulsar Quantum XD 50S2 160 496.00transferred to 'Rapid Response'
09/01/2016UAV Leleka-1001 196 000.00delivered to military unit A0680
09/01/2016UAV Leleka-1001 196 000.00delivered to military unit В0105
17/06/2015Artillery fire control system1 126 000.00delivered to military unit В0105
08/06/2015Gasoline generator Brigadier BG 1101 4 000.00delivered to military unit В0105
08/06/2015Diesel generator Centaur KDG 5054 61 600.00delivered to military unit В0105
08/06/2015Binoculars YUKON BЗ 30х505 14 250.00delivered to military unit В0105
24/05/2015Tripod1 1 000.00delivered to military unit В0105
24/05/2015Laser rangefinder Newcon LRB 6000 CI1 154 840.00delivered to military unit В0105
20/05/2015 Funds raised via PayPal account spent by 'Victory Sisters' foundation-- 591 933.00delivered to military unit В0105
20/05/2015 Tires Forward traction 310.16 R20(300R508)10 42 000.00delivered to military unit В0105
20/05/2015Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 730 62 250.00delivered to military unit В0105
20/05/2015Asus MeMO Pad 78 17 480.00delivered to military unit В0105
20/05/2015Diesel generators Kentavr KTG 5054 56 800.00delivered to military unit В0105
30/04/2015Batteries R6 2300 mAh (2 pieces)4 452.16delivered to military unit В0105
30/04/2015Charger EnerGenie4 604.08delivered to military unit В0105
01/04/2015Laser rangefinder Newcon LRB 6000 CI1 0.00delivered to military unit В0105
30/03/2015Accumulator Virbac classic 6CT 1904 12 924.00delivered to military unit В0105
30/03/2015Radiator for KamAZ1 5 400.00delivered to military unit В0105
30/03/2015Artillery fire control system 2 282 684.00delivered to military unit В0105
25/02/2015GPS navigator Garmin eTrex 201 6 498.00delivered to military unit B0105
25/02/2015GPS navigator Garmin eTrex 201 6 498.00delivered to military unit B0105
25/02/2015GPS navigator Garmin eTrex 201 6 498.00delivered to military unit B0105
25/02/2015GPS navigator Garmin eTrex 201 6 498.00delivered to military unit B0105
25/02/2015Diesel generator Forte FGD6500E6 114 210.00delivered to military unit B0105
17/02/2015Weather station Kestrel 4500 with Bluetooth and weathervane1 12 740.00delivered to military unit B0105
17/02/2015Weather station Kestrel 4500 with Bluetooth and weathervane1 12 740.00delivered to military unit B0105
17/02/2015Weather station Kestrel 4500 with Bluetooth and weathervane1 12 740.00delivered to military unit B0105
17/02/2015Weather station Kestrel 4500 with Bluetooth and weathervane1 12 740.00delivered to military unit B0105
17/02/2015Weather station Kestrel 4500 with Bluetooth and weathervane1 12 740.00delivered to military unit B0105
17/02/2015Weather station Kestrel 4500 with Bluetooth and weathervane1 12 740.00delivered to military unit B0105
16/02/2015Thermal imager Pulsar Quantum HD 50S2 193 800.00delivered to military unit А 1978
13/02/2015Thermal imager Pulsar Quantum HD 50S2 193 800.00delivered to military unit А 1978
Total: 2 590 955.24 UAH (70 852 USD)