Ukraine Aid Ops
We are an international group of civilian volunteers securing protective gear and life-saving equipment, delivered directly into the hands of front line defenders in Ukraine.
What are we supplying:
- Protective gear & equipment (helmets, plates, body armor, safety goggles, ear protection…)
- Clothing (winter uniforms, shoes, thermal underwear, gloves…)
- Technical equipment (secure radios, night vision devices, drones, range finders…)
- Medical kits and other necessary things (sleeping bags, generators, power banks, shovels…)
Deliveries to Ukrainian Defenders
What we've accomplished so far...
Ukraine Aid Ops Deliveries
- More than 7000 steel and ceramic armored plates
- Approx 450 helmets
- Approx 650 encrypted radios
- Approx 50 drones
- Approx 10 vehicles and one ambulance
- Thousands of smaller items: IFAKs, boots, uniforms, ear & eye protection, medicine, backpacks, gloves, shovels, scopes…
- A delivery of 70-80 night vision devices will soon be on its way as well as 7 field hospital tents, and two environmental control units on trailers
- Granted U.S. 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity status
Our Network in Ukraine
- Build trust and connections to over 70 units, supplying them with some needed equipment
- Recognition by Ukrainian Ministry of Defence and validations as trusted organisation helping the Ukrainian defenders
How you can help
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It’s a challenge to get items exactly where they are needed most. Therefore, Ukraine Aid Ops has set up direct, supplier-to-people-on-the-ground pipeline in Ukraine, which has proven effective for matching demand and supply.
We are different from many other groups helping in Ukraine because we are a registered public charity in the US and Ukraine, which means our finances are subject to strict oversight helping safeguard your donations.
Other supportive governments are doing a lot. But the need in Ukraine still far oustrips the supply, due to the massive growth of the Army in a few months time. That’s why grass roots initiatives are still necessary and welcomed by the Ukraine government. Besides that, there are significant logistical challenges in Ukraine due to the war.
Literally 100% of your donation will go toward buying and delivering aid and protective equipment to the people in Ukraine who need it most, unless you direct it specifically to logistics and overhead. Otherwise, we volunteers are donating ourselves, paying for software, administrative and logistics costs out of pocket.
We welcome donations toward those, but not if it means smaller amounts for aid and protective equipment. So again, unless clearly stated otherwise, 100% of your donation will go toward buying and delivering aid and protective equipment to the people in Ukraine who need it most.
This is a great question, and one you should definitely be asking. The entire reason Ukraine Aid Ops exists is because a lot of the larger fundraising efforts by official organizations have not been as effective as hoped at actually getting aid and protective equipment into the hands of those who need it most.
To help show our legitimacy, we can show you photos and videos of units receiving equipment from us. In addition, we have partnered with or received public endorsements from people are well-known to have been either on the front lines in Ukraine and directly involved in the fight:
Ukrainian OUN battalion: https://twitter.com/UkraineAidOps/status/1530891557418815489
Ukrainian National Guard: https://twitter.com/UkraineAidOps/status/1529104453126725635
Ukrainian National Guard: https://twitter.com/UkraineAidOps/status/1527666417461563393
42nd Brigade: https://twitter.com/UkraineAidOps/status/1525241914563379205
Task Force Baguette: https://twitter.com/UkraineAidOps/status/1528774946930958336
Issac US former Marine volunteer: https://twitter.com/Marine_Ukraine/status/1530460746378891264
Malcolm Nance: https://twitter.com/MalcolmNance/status/1531266885572079617
We regularly test samples before we decide which supplier or manufacturer we order from.
We have tested the plates with a variety of weaponry to confirm that they are of sufficient quality https://twitter.com/Harri_Est/status/1518373788785815553, and have worked directly with manufacturers to ensure that the dimensions of the armour plates are correct and that they are produced correctly. Harri has also personally helped deliver these plates via truck transport to Ukraine https://twitter.com/UkraineAidOps/status/1519078447334711296, and now has a network of trusted volunteers driving them in. He and the UAO Kyiv team are on the ground ensuring that these plates end up directly in the hands of those in Ukraine who need them most.
We hand aid, protective equipment and vehicles directly to units in Ukraine that are in harm’s way. This includes medical groups, territorial defense, national guard, regular army and international volunteers that we vet carefully through our deep local network to determine their legitimacy.
Check out the Twitter links under “How do I know this organization is legitimate?” above to see examples.
In the United States we have been granted 501(c)(3) public charity status, so donations to our fundraisers are currently tax deductible to the full extent of the law for those who file US income taxes. At this time, to our knowledge, donations are not tax deductible in other countries.