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MaydanSF is a platform created by Ukrainians living in the San Francisco Bay Area to support Ukraine in its fight for Democracy, Independence, and Freedom. Our current goal is to help Ukraine stand up to Russian aggression by bringing awareness to people in the SF Bay Area about events in Ukraine, so that we can all support Ukraine together. MaydanSF collects donations and sends help to Ukrainian army. We arrange for the purchase and shipment of needed equipment directly to Ukrainian soldiers and army volunteers. We report all spending and purchases here, on our facebook page. Brave Ukrainian people are fighting for the Country’s freedom now, they need our help.
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MaydanSF uploaded a new video.May 27th, 2015 at 11:51pm
Back in April, with your help, MaydanSF donated $1250 for sniper targeting equipment to “Come Back Alive” Ukrainian volunteer group (https://www.facebook.com/backandalive). The donation went toward rangefinder and weather station equipment.

"Come Back Alive" has undertaken a revolutionary task to equip Ukrainian soldiers with modern advanced sniper gear. Vitaliy Deynega, the head of this group, believes "Training is a must for anyone using this type of gear. Unfortunately, the government can't handle this on its own".
The project is joint one with #CombatUA group that provides modern training for Ukrainian soldiers to use this kind of equipment.

Thank you all volunteer groups involved in this critical project. Well trained and equipped soldier is the best way to save lives and defend Ukraine.
Together we stand united to support Ukrainian sovereignty! Thank you SF bay!

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MaydanSF is collecting money to help Ukrainian army. If you want to help, send your donations via PayPal to maydanSFhelp@gmail.com or click http://bit.ly/maydansf

#Ukraine #UnitedForUkraine #StopRussianAggression #MaydanSF #SanFrancisco
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MaydanSF added 5 new photos.May 24th, 2015 at 7:00pm
Two Russian soldiers from the elite GRU unit, Russia's main foreign intelligence agency, were captured in Ukraine on May 16, 2015. Both admitted to being on active duty since 2012 and to following military orders directly from Moscow. Their group of 14 people attacked a Ukrainian block-post in Shchastya town, killed 1 Ukrainian soldier and tried to retreat, but 2 of them were captured.

This is not the first time Russian soldiers were captured in Ukraine, but this time it’s the elite Russian GRU soldiers that got caught, right after killing a Ukrainian soldier. More importantly, they admitted who they are, named all their commanders and all their comrades. Russian officials (as usual) claimed that the Russian soldiers were discharged a few months ago, and traveled to Ukraine as tourists.

These are undeniable facts of Russia's aggression and should be shared as much as possible…

So, what we know thus far:

The 3rd brigade of Russian GRU forces has been in Luhansk, Ukraine (currently occupied territory). All soldiers in these units are Russians (from Tolyatti, Russia). A smaller group of 14 soldiers was ordered to get close to Ukrainian positions to inspect the area (usually a groundwork for upcoming attacks). They moved inside Ukrainian controlled territory near the town of Shchastya, and came very close to one of the Ukrainian posts. One of the Ukrainian soldiers spotted them and was shot dead (with a 9mm special quiet VAL Russian gun). Just before dying the Ukrainian soldier (Vadim Pugachev) alerted his comrades of the attack. The Russian group tried to escape, and most of them were able to get away, but 2 were wounded and eventually captured.

The captured Russian soldiers are сaptain Yevgeny Yerofeyev and sergeant Alexander Alexandrov. Both have been questioned and admitted that they are on active duty, as Russian officers of the GRU unit (based form Toliatti, Russia). Their interviews (with English subtitles) are here:

http://ukraineatwar.blogspot.com/2015/05/russian-spetsnaz-captured-near-shchastya.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38RN7by4No8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qLqQL7YJiI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3khPZucwTQ

Their interviews are eye-opening, revealing intimate details about numerous Russian GRU brigade actions throughout Eastern Ukraine. They also name all their commanders and fellow soldiers involved – all Russian citizens, all on active duty in the Russian military.

Currently, two Russian soldiers are undergoing medical treatment at a Ukrainian hospital in Kyiv. Ukrainian officials invited Russian representative to visit them, but nobody showed up. The wife of one of the Russian soldiers (Alexandrov) lied on camera that her husband quit from Russian army and is not on active duty. Alexandrov almost started crying when he saw that recording. The Russian government abandoned these soldiers and continues to lie to their own people and to the World, saying "there is no Russian army presence in Ukraine”. Another soldier, Yerofeyev, was outraged that Russia had abandoned him as both a soldier and as a citizen, and that not a single Russian representative came to visit him:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hChKm518a0

Some relatives of the soldiers of this GRU unit even organized a protest next to the army base in Tolyatti, Russia, to force the government to speak out the truth, and remove Russian troops from Ukraine. The protest was quickly dispersed by the police, and several journalists were arrested.

The fate of these Russian soldiers is grim. Russia obviously does not care about its people (even its elite unit soldiers). Both Russian soldiers are awaiting a Ukrainian court trial and are facing a life sentence for terrorism.

You can find more information from these sources (in English) :

http://uatoday.tv/politics/captured-russian-soldiers-in-ukraine-truth-428337.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/11623453/Two-men-captured-by-Ukraine-say-they-are-Russian-soldiers.html

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/18/russian-soldiers-ukraine-trial-terrorism-charges

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MaydanSFMay 14th, 2015 at 4:00am
Mark Zuckerberg, the chairman and chief executive of Facebook, Inc., will be hosting the next Townhall Q&A at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park tomorrow, Thursday, May 14 at 4:30pm pacific time.

"This is an opportunity for me to hear from you and the rest of our community about how to serve you better.
If you have a question you'd like me to answer, leave a comment below." /Mark Zuckerberg/
https://www.facebook.com/zuck/posts/10102071895551501

The top responses to Mark's post have been overwhelmingly from Ukrainian Facebook users asking to address the problem of pro-Ukrainian activists and bloggers being banned recently. Ukrainian Facebook community claims the bans to be caused by mass reporting organized by 'Russian trolls' as well as incorrect content review by Facebook moderators.

Even the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko asked Facebook's CEO for reaction: https://www.facebook.com/petroporoshenko/posts/620914074709655

Most likely, Mark Zuckerberg will have to address the question from Ukrainian community tomorrow. Tune-in to hear his response: https://www.facebook.com/qawithmark

If you are interested in attending the event please visit https://www.qawithmark.com/qa-with-mark/register to register
or submit a 30-second video of yourself asking a question here https://www.qawithmark.com/qa-with-mark/video

UPDATE: livestream will start at 4:30pm Pacific time here https://www.facebook.com/qawithmark/posts/929845060406603
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MaydanSF updated their cover photo.May 9th, 2015 at 4:10pm
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MaydanSFMay 9th, 2015 at 1:00am
These days the mankind commemorates the victims of the Second World War and pays tribute to the fallen and war veterans, the heroes that sacrificed themselves for the Great Victory.

Ukraine marks this unforgettable event on May 8 as the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation and on May 9 as 70th anniversary of Victory over Nazism in Europe and Day of Victory.

Blessed memory and eternal glory to the heroes who fought for Ukraine in WWII and those who defend it from Russian aggression today!

http://mfa.gov.ua/en/news-feeds/foreign-offices-news/36106-may-8-as-the-day-of-remembrance-and-reconciliation-and-on-may-9-as-70th-anniversary-of-victory
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