The National Defense Foundation was created in the first days of the war, May 5, 2014, in Dnipropetrovsk to cover the needs of Ukrainian volunteer battalions.

One of the main statutory task of the Foundation is to promote defense and mobilization readiness of the country, protection of the civil population in emergency situations of peace and war state.

The main activities are material and technical supply to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, National Guard, Ministry of Defense, Border Guard units of the Ministry of Interior Affairs, State Emergency Service, military and civilian hospitals. An important focus of the Foundation is to organize the secure radio communication and video surveillance in the ATO zone and border areas.

In the year of existence, the National Defense Foundation provided aid to the following force units and medical institutions:

- Battalions, regiments and structural subdivisions of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, including Main Directorate of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine in Dnipropetrovsk and Donetsk regions, specifically volunteer battalion “Dnipro-1″
- Directorate of Security Service of Ukraine in Dnipropetrovsk and Donetsk region.
- Military Prosecutor’s office of Dnipropetrovsk garrison
- Regional office of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine in Dnipropetrovsk region
- NGO “Officer Corps”
- State Special Transport Service
- Ukrainian Volunteer Corps “Right Sector”
- Units of Airborne Forces of Ukraine (particularly the 25th separate Dnipropetrovsk Airborne Brigade)
- Departments of Naval Forces of Ukraine
- Military forces sub-divisions of Operational Command “East” (19th, 20th, 39th, 40th, 43rd, 54th, 57th, 130th battalions, 93rd, 74th and 17th brigades)
- Operational Command “South”, Operational Command “West”
- Divisions of National Guard of Ukraine
- Units of the Border Service of Ukraine
- All-Ukrainian NGO “Dignity and freedom ”
- Military commandant’s office in Kurakhovo
- Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine
- Dnipropetrovsk regional military commissariat
- All-Ukrainian NGO “People’s memory” Union”
- Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire and Stabilization of the boundary between the parties
- Charitable organization “Foundation for assistance to police workers and their families “Legal protection”
- Charitable Foundation “Aid of Dnipro”
- Dnipropetrovsk Burn Center
- Dnipropetrovsk City Clinical Hospital № 2
- Dnipropetrovsk Regional Clinical Hospital named after I.Mechnikov
- Dnipropetrovsk City Clinical Hospital №6
- Dnipropetrovsk City Clinical Hospital № 16
- Dnipropetrovsk Clinical Ambulance Association
- Telmanovskyi Center of Public Health Care (Donetsk region).
- Kurakhov Municipal Hospital
- Pirogov First Volunteer Mobile Hospital
- Dnipropetrovsk Specialized Clinical Center of Mother and Child named after Prof.Rudnev
- Dnipropetrovsk Regional blood donor station

During the year of existence the National Defense Foundation received 200 applications for material and technical support.

Projects of the Foundation in sector of secure communication:

Supply of Armed Forces soldiers, volunteer units and force structures with modern, secure communication is one of the important spheres of the National Defense Foundation activities.
The Foundation created and currently supports the activities of Separate Special Communications Unit (SSCU).

The main tasks of the unit are:

- to provide the services of secure CDMA cellular standard communications with additional encryption. The network operates on the basis “Telesystems of Ukraine” (PeopleNet) equipment, which provides the necessary number of terminals, connections to the network, administration;

- to deploy a network of permanent and mobile DigitalMobileRadio (DMR) standard repeaters in the ATO zone and border areas, which allow to use all the features of digital communication, encryption, control over location of terminal (station) and record of all information. The network enables effective communication between management and ordinary soldier;

- to supply commanders and ordinary fighters with stationary and portable radio stations;

- to integrate modern digital means of communication with existing communication systems used in military equipment operating in the ATO zone;

- to develop and deploy video surveillance and control system at checkpoints, information accumulation and processing on the basis of the general command center.

During the year over 5,000 subscribers were supplied with the secure communication of CDMA standard: Armed Forces of Ukraine (3500), National Guard of Ukraine (500), Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine (300), Border Service of Ukraine (300), Ministry of Emergency Situations of Ukraine (150), Security Service of Ukraine (100), volunteers, non-governmental organizations (500).

The total volume of project services – over 6000 hours of communication, over 1.5 million MB of data.

Mobile data transfer complex (CJB-2M)

Project aims to create a universal data transfer network in any location in zone of military actions, as well as in peaceful areas. Any available standards and radio communication data transfer channels can be used within such network. The rapid deployment complex is self-sufficient and requires no administration and maintenance works. CCTV elements are installed in the complex to control territory and security around it.

Military forces command center Operational Command “East” (“South”)

Joint project of the National Defense Foundation and OC “East” (“South”).

Project aims tobuild a system of operational control of the Armed Forces units and equip it with modern information technologies and procedures based on OC “East” (“South”). The system involves the optimization of information processing, automation of analysis and decision-making, visualization of incoming information.

Start of the project: December 2014

System started on February 2015.

Video surveillance and data transfer system at checkpoints

The project was implemented in Dnipropetrovsk and Donetsk regions.

Project aims to develop a video surveillancesystem to ensure security, counter war, terroristic and other threats at any place and foster further data processing and analysis by relevant government agencies. The system enables flexible integration with various analysis modules, particularly with the car plate recognition program. In the future, the system will include a encrypted (secure) telephone network, and an alert system.
As of today, 19 checkpoints are equipped with the system.

The system was also installed at 2 airports:
- “Mariupol” airport (May 2, 2014)
- “Dnipropetrovsk” airport (August 28, 2014)

The documentary “Battle for Dnipro”

This is a film about Dnipropetrovsk, city that became an outpost of the country, protecting it from separatism and the enemy. The film collected the whole truth about the events known by a few.

“This is a pure phenomenon, an unusual case difficult to understand. Dnipropetrovsk is the city which nature is still to be studied. Its phenomenon is in true essence of Dnipro, which was never suspected by anyone. It was always perceived as a quiet opportunists. Until the history discovered its core.

And now, coming here, one can not ignore the changes. Freedom, Dnipro, familiar rhythms.

Here rockets started their way into the outer space, here leaders, presidents, prime ministers were born. Here no one proclaimed seditious speeches. Seems like the vivid history of the city was buried in textbooks long ago and no one resisted when censors cut out whole chapters describing proud heritage. Hard-working Dnipro was never oppressed: it was obedient and knew the survival secrets.

And so, when the enemy broke into the country, he was struck when he heard words saying: “Once you come to Dnipro, we will shoot from every single window!” Where did it come from? Why? What happened to the quiet city? How come that Dnipro became the outpost of defense, which stopped the spread of war? ”

Evening with Ada Rogovtseva “With those whom I love…”

On April 7, 2015 the charitable organization National Defense Foundation organized a charitable evening “With those whom I love…” at the Jewish cultural center “Menorah”.

Ada Rogovtseva, the famous actress performed on the stage together with Akhtem Seytablayev, Kateryna Stepankova and Svetlana Orlichenko. ATO soldiers, volunteers and benefactors were invited as the honorary guests of the evening. Artists thanked them for feats at the battle field and in the rear.

During the evening the guests could see parts from performances “Feel like home”, “It looks like happiness,””Warsaw melody-2″ and the famous films featuring participants of the evening.

All the funds raised from the charity event “With those whom I love…” were passed to the National Defense Foundation to purchase first aid kits for Ukrainian soldiers.

International Exhibition and Conference “Volunteer Expo”

Charitable organization National Defense Foundation took part in the first in Ukraine International Specialized Exhibition and Conference “Volunteer Expo” held in Kyiv on April, 7-9, 2015 at the exhibition center “ACCO International”.

The purpose of the exhibition was to facilitate structural changes of the provision norms at Armed Forces of Ukraine and supply with modern individual military protection devices, field equipment, ammunition and uniforms.

The National Defense Foundation presented their biggest projects: Operative Command Center “East” (“South”), video surveillance and data transfer system at checkpoints, the encrypted mobile communication system, UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), courses on tactical medicine by TCCC protocol and mobile trailer with telecommunications equipment, which allows to urgently deploy encrypted mobile communication in any square.

Representatives of the Foundation spoke at the conference of exhibition with the following reports:
- “Material and technical supply of the soldiers in the ATO zone”
- “Video surveillance systems and secure digital communication”
- “Training in tactical medicine. Practice and challenges.”

Activities of the Foundation: medical direction

Training on tactical medicine and first aid kits for soldiers

The war provoked an urgent need for individual first aid kits for fighters.

However, it is not enough to produce a high-quality first aid kit. A kit without instructive training does not have much sense.

Thus, it was decided to give first aid kits to soldiers only after passing a special training.

As a consequence of the fact that the Ministry of Defense still fails to provide fighters with first aid kits that can actually save lives, as well as the lack of knowledge among soldiers on how to provide medical care on the battlefield, the National Defense Foundation has launched a separate project on first aid kits and trainings on Tactical Medicine in TCCC format. Today it is an ongoing project “training + a first aid kit”.

FYI: The course targets military personnel, police units, rescue workers, employees of medical emergency services wishing to develop the skills of TCCC protocols (Tactical Combat Casualty Care).

The specific features of TCCC are primary care on the battlefield by own efforts of the soldiers, evacuation to a safe zone and preparation for transportation to the hospital.

The fund raising campaign for the first aid kits was promoted by Akhtem Seytablayev, known Crimean Tatar director and actor. Printed materials, billboards and videos were produced to call for donations.

Project team constantly held charitable concerts, various promotions and events aiming to raise funds.
Cost of one first aid kit is around $70. But human life is priceless…

The Foundation provided aid and supplies to the following medical institutions:

- Dnipropetrovsk burn center
- Dnipropetrovsk City Clinical Hospital № 2
- Dnipropetrovsk Regional Clinical Hospital named after I.Mechnikov
- Dnipropetrovsk City Clinical Hospital №6
- Dnipropetrovsk City Clinical Hospital № 16
- Dnipropetrovsk clinical ambulance association
- Telmanovskyi center of public health care (Donetsk region).
- Kurakhov hospital
- Pirogov First Mobile Volunteer Hospital
- Dnipropetrovsk specialized clinical center of mother and child named after Prof.Rudnev
- Dnipropetrovsk Regional blood donor station

Activities of the Foundation: liberation of military prisoners

Missing and prisoners search group is working in several directions:

- Collection of information on missing, imprisoned and victims: the formation of a common database.
- Work with relatives (consultations in searching, psychological support, counseling in emergency situations (ransom demands, access to communication with “the party”, fraud, etc.).
- Search operations (revealing locations of the prisoners, military burial places on the territory controlled by terrorist organizations DNR and LNR).
- Negotiations on liberation of prisoners and operations on exchange of prisoners, and transportation of dead and liberated from government of Ukraine uncontrolled territories.

Today the department cooperates with the prisoners exchange group “Patriot”, as well as with groups who transport victims from the areas controlled by terrorist organizations DNR and LNR.

By the end of May 2015 the database consisted of 2,083 persons (excluding the number of victims), 871 of them released from military imprisonment. 537 persons military imprisoned and 675 missing. Last month two exchange operations were held, 5 Ukrainian soldiers came back home.

Activities of the Foundation: volunteers help

The National Defense Foundation works closely with a large number of individual volunteers. Once a week the Foundation holds meetings with volunteers on general affairs, and once a week – on medicine. Meeting are also attended by representatives of the military command and different divisions of OC “East” (“South”). Volunteers and the Foundation can address their questions to the representatives of the structures.

All volunteers working with the National Defense Foundation have identification cards issued by the Foundation. Volunteers provide timely and objective information on the situation at the front line, in units and in medical institutions.

Requests for the necessary material supplies are handled by the staff of the Foundation. After inspection the Foundation purchases all the required items and passes to those in need with full documentation and reporting.