The project was initiated by David Arakhania, an IT executive from Kiev. After his visit to Chongar (in Kherson province) where lies the new frontline with Crimea, where the paratroopers from his home town of Mykolaiv are seeing duty.
David found them in a really bad shape. Most of them didn’t have the necessary equipment like bulletproof vests or camouflage gear; the items they were wearing were produced in late 80-s. David made a list of equipment they needed, contacted some other activists and together they launched “The 1st People’s Battalion”. Soon after that another activist from Kiev who was developing the drone for Ukrainian army got in touch, and another project was added to the site. Now both projects are already complete. The battalion of paratroopers from Mykolaiv got all the needed equipment and the first drone undergoes tests right now.
Crowd funding model for supplying Ukrainian army appeared to be really efficient, thanks to all who participated and donated. Right now we are having several projects on our site.
We are dealing directly with military units which take part in Anti-Terrorist Operation on the East of Ukraine. Once we’ve got the request from one of the military units one of our volunteers met its commander, together they made a list of the needed equipment. Then we found suppliers and calculated the budget. After that the project was added to the site. The updates on all the projects are published regularly including funding reports, photos of purchased equipment as well as some other news of the projects and updates from the units we help.