With the support of veterans of the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war, volunteers and members of the Azov movement, the presentation of a new charity called Support Azov took place on July 5. This platform was created to support the activities of the Azov Regiment in various fields. and for its cooperation with international partners. The presentation was organized by the head of Support Azov, Oleh Petrenko, the head of the patronage service of Azov, Olena Tolkochova and the head of the Association of Defenders Families of Azovstal, Kateryna Prokopenko. The event moderator was Oleksandr Alfyorov.
A video was released about the work of FSO Azov Kyiv, which began its work as a territorial defense group at the start of the Russian invasion. Another video was about fundraising for the Night Ghosts project. The main international partner of the project is the volunteer foundation Help the heroes of Ukraine, based in Chicago.
The Azov regiment became the base of the Mariupol garrison and the base of the Azovstal garrison. The Azov fighters were eventually evacuated from the Azovstal plant as people of strong will and great spirit. Some were seriously injured, confirmed Oleh Petrenko.
“It was here in Kyiv that the combat course and history of the largest FSO Azov Kyiv regiment began. Azov fighters from different corners of Ukraine came to Kyiv and to the most difficult borders of the front line , the Irpin Front, defended our capital alongside other divisions. FSO Azov Kyiv fighters are still advancing… forest belt after forest belt, mile after mile, village after village. And the commanders of these units will have a role in the distribution of these resources, namely funds from the Support Azov charity fund account,” added Oleh Petrenko.
“From the first days of the full-scale invasion, the Azov patronage service was responsible for the most difficult and important mission – to inform the families of murdered soldiers that their relatives died at the factory of Azovstal in Mariupol,” Olena Tolkochova, head of Azov’s patronage department, said.
“I want people to know how important it is for families to get information and to be in touch all the time, to know where their loved ones are and to get information at this time when they don’t. didn’t have the opportunity to bring our murdered heroes from the territory of Mariupol. So far we haven’t been able to take everyone,” added Olena.
On June 29, a total of 43 fighters from the Azov regiment were freed by the Russians in a prisoner exchange. Olena Tolkochova spoke to the Kyiv Post about the condition of those who returned and how the patronage service will rehabilitate members of the Azov regiment.
“At the moment we don’t see any obvious signs of torture, except that they are depressed and really have been very malnourished. I think our enemies know very well how to make people mean without using physical attempts. Special torture by starvation or words, or moving people from one barrack to another, locking them in confined spaces. I know they were told that Kyiv had been razed to the ground and “you can relax, you have nowhere to come back to!” “Olena Tolkochova told the Kyiv Post.
“Our goal is to get everyone back to normal. We have already established the Azov Military Rehabilitation Center. We are working on plans for how this will work. There are sponsors ready to help us. For example, when buying land and at the first stage of construction. It’s a long story, because as the example of the United States shows, veterans remain veterans all their lives, they have their special status and they will demand a special attitude towards them and assistance until ‘when they die, because they are people with a different mentality. They are servicemen, they are a special kind of residents,” added Olena, referring to the prospect of building a rehabilitation center for veterans of the Azov regiment.