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May 20

The Save Ukraine Network claims that according to intercepted Russian Armed Forces communications, which are often sent out unencrypted, there is a commonly cited figure for the percentage of civilians who must perish in a given oblast (roughly equivalent to a county) in Ukraine, before Russian political control can be affirmed. It's 5%. The claim was first made by adjutants to Lt. General Yakov Rezantsev, Russia's 49th Combined Arms Army Commander, and later was repeated by Lt. General Andrei Mordvichev, Commander of the 8th General Army of the Southern Military District. Ukrainian forces claim that Lt. General Mordvichev has been killed in battle, though Russia denies this.

Says Svetlana Shevchenko, of the Save Ukraine Network, "It may be a rumor. But it's a common rumor according to our correspondants in the field. We kept hearing this number repeated throughout Russia's invading forces,including from brigade commanders, and even Colonels and Senior Lieutenants. We use sites like to listen to their exchanges.

Sometimes they communicate through Armed Forces radio, sometimes through cell phones, but to a surprisingly large degree their communications are not encrypted. They would say "Remember 5%". Eventually, through dozens of intercepted calls, we found what they mean. In Mariupol, a city of over 400,000, the invaders had to kill 20,000 before military control of the city was assured. This figure is not disputed by either Russian or Ukrainian authorities."

Save Ukraine believes that a common claim among the Russian armed forces is that 5% of a city or oblast's civilians must die, before military control by Russia can be consistently maintained. This is largely to be achieved by firing long range Iskander and Kaliber missiles (another fact the Russian forces don't even try to hide) at civilian targets. These are the weapons that have largely decimated Mariupol.

"It turns out that "5 percent" sounds almost the same in Russian and Ukrainian" says Save Ukraine's Oleg Kravchuk, "so even Ukrainian civilians and military personnel who do not speak Russian are familiar with this concept. And in the few cases where Russian soldiers have been able to speak freely with Ukrainians, they do not deny that this is policy, which came from the top. We don't know exactly how far up 'the top' is, but we have more than enough evidence that a large enough number of Russians believe this, so as to constitute possible evidence for War Crimes."

Towns in the Donbas region allegedly mentioned as being subject to this policy include Kramatorsk, Rubizhne, Sieverodonetsk, Kreminna, Popasna, and Sloviansk.

"Knowing that this may be Russian policy is important not just for Ukraine" says Shevchenko, "but for Moldova too, as this is the country Putin has mentioned as next on his target list."

April 22 We've just completed the first phase of the Save Ukraine Network's Chastushka contest. Chastushkas are short poems, popular in both Russia and Ukraine, consisting of four lines in trochaic tetrameter, which often have a satirical subject matter. They correspond roughly to the English limerick, Japanese Haiku, Arabic or Farsi Ghazal, Indian Naani, Korean Sijo, and Malaysian Pantoum. We requested Chastushkas that convey people's opinions about the Ukraine invasion.

Believe it or not, we recieved entries in all these forms, even though we asked only for Chastushkas.

The original plan was to award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes, but then we thought it would be better to confer the Save Ukraine Order of Merit on all worthy submissions. Here are some of the latest entries. We will reveal the authors' names after the second phase of the contest (except for those who wish to remain anonymous)

These are classic Chastushkas, 4 lines in trochaic tetrameter:

from Ukraine:

Putin craves the World's reverence.

"See what Russia can achieve!"

If genocide's what earns our homage,

Mr.P has over-achieved.

Vladimir thinks Mother Russia

can RISE UP again, through war;

If Ukraine's death's not sufficient,

No problem! He can kill some MORE!

from Moldova:

Through Tchaikovsky, Pushkin, Chekhov,

Russia earned the world's acclaim

Now, they seek respect through Missiles

Putin thinks they're one and the same.

from Russia (that's right)

Great novels, music, art, and wisdom

Gained Russia once the world's aplomb

Putin thinks "I'll bring those days back!

I can't write, but I can BOMB!

Here is a free verse Naani from India:

Putin's proud of his grandparents who survived the Leningrad Nazi siege....

Now HE has placed Kharkiv, Sloviansk, Mariupol and dozens of other cities under siege.....

Because the two situations are completely different.... right?

A sijo from Argentina:

Can you hide your crimes from the world, Mr. Putin?

putin has turned Ukraine into a giant Auschwitz

Major difference:

Auschwitz residents didn't have 25 million cell phone cameras

Be careful what you wish for, Mr. Putin!

a Haiku from Japan:


You were a great country.

Gave the world Tchaikovsky, Tolstoy

Look at you now!


April 15 We at Save Ukraine Network have initiated a program that allows citizens of any country to publicize the movements and strength of Russian military units in Donbass, Ukraine, by collating updated mapping from the Centre for Information Resilience with live Russian military radio communications in Donbass provided by the WebSDR from the University of Twente in the Netherlands.

All recent information gathered by Western and Ukrainian intelligence points to the probability that Russian forces will mount a major land and air offensive against the parts of Donbass still controlled by the Ukraine government, starting on or around April 13-14 and continuing until May 9, when Russians traditionally celebrate the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. President Zelensky, as well as Russian Southern Command both agree it will be the largest and most brutal land war in Europe since 1945.

Putin is desperate for a victory, and will pour everything he has into the effort.

But combining daily updated mapping with live Russian military radio communications allows hundreds or thousands of citizens to inform civilians in Donbass, Russia, and around the world exactly what is going on, and when. The Russians, for some reason, are still using analog radio communications which are not encrypted, and anyone can listen to them online by going to

When combined with the up-to-date mapping by the Centre for Information Resilience, found here:

you can accurately predict movements of personnel, armaments, mobile armor, missiles, and fighter jets. While it's true that the Ukraine Military has excellent updated intelligence on Russian movements, our program is aimed at civilians in both Ukraine and Russia. We can post the information live on thousands of Russian social media accounts including VKontakte, OdnoKlassniki, Moi Mir, and Telegram so that millions of Russians can know EXACTLY what their government means by "Special Military Operation". WE know that what this term really means is "slaughter of thousands of Ukraine civilians", but we find the best way to inform Russian citizens is through accurate mapping and audio data, combined with field-generated cellphone photos and videos. In fact we invite Russians themselves to do the same monitoring. It's important that they see what's happening with their own eyes and ears.

With most modern laptops, tablets, and cellphones, participants can monitor the updated maps on their screens, while the unencrypted Russian radio communications play simultaneously, making the tracking relatively easy.

The Russia-Ukraine Monitor Map is a crowdsourced effort by Centre for Information Resilience (, Bellingcat, Conflict Intelligence Team, Advance Democracy and the wider open source community to map, document and verify significant incidents during the conflict in Ukraine.

Wide Band WebSDR has been created by the Faculty for Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Twente in Enschede, Netherlands.

To join the Program:

  1. Install the WebSDR from Twente on your computer and make sure its audio is running in the background

  2. On the same computer (or you can use a phone and a computer) go to

  3. Set up (free) accounts on Russian social media sites Vkontakte, OdnoKlassniki, and Moi Mir. Telegram is also useful, as it's still used by Russian elites. It's better of course if you post in Russian and Ukrainian, but Vkontakte does have an English translation option. Just keep in mind that many Russians think that English communications are Western propaganda, and they ignore them.

  4. When you hear a Russian military radio communication referencing something that you can also see on the map, and that you think is significant (this is quite arbitrary) post it to the social media accounts. Please do not reveal movements of Ukraine military.

  5. Tell us about it at

April 8 Memorializing Sloviansk before the destruction: One of the bizarre things about the Russian invasion of Ukraine is that the Russian Military makes no effort to hide its impending plans. Western Intelligence agencies knew the exact date and scope of the invasion before it started. They knew in short order that Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Kherson would be assaulted, and that Mariupol would be bombed into oblivion, before these things happened.

So we at Save Ukraine thought "Why not start creating memorials to buildings in a Ukrainian city, BEFORE the Russians obliterate it?" Russian ground commanders have announced that, as part of the pivot to the Donbass region, they will bombard the city of Sloviansk, located at a crucial crossroads. Indeed, they have already begun, though the brunt of the assault is expected next week. So we are documenting what is still existent in Sloviansk, (below) hoping against hope that these cultural artifacts will remain un-bombarded, but also realizing sadly that this may not be preventable. If and when these structures are destroyed, we will post those photos also. In any case, if the Russians do level Sloviansk as they have threatened, they will not be able to claim that photos of death and damage were staged and faked, as they have done concerning the Bucha massacre.

Resurrection Church

Skydanov Stadium

Sloviansk Pottery

Nevsky Cathedral

Bucha, 2022 Pencil Drawing based on Photographs Cameron Burke, Professor of Art Emerita, University of Missouri

Untitled (in memory of Bucha) Lawrence Gipe From an NBC News screenshot Courtesy Lawrence Gipe Studio

Oil painting by Chris Vena, Faculty Associate in Drawing and Painting at Arizona State University, based on the photos of Bucha massacre, titled "Civilians Murdered and Burned by Russian Soldiers"

April 3 Update: On April 2 Russian forces withdrew from Bucha, a town north of Kyiv. Reporters were able to enter the city and discovered mass graves and many bodies on the streets, next to destroyed tanks and military hardware. President Zelenskyy and other world leaders have referred to Russian activity in Bucha as Genocide.

Save Ukraine is memorializing those who perished during the massacre by creating art works based on photos of victims. The project was initiated by CalArts-Ukraine. Students and artists from NTU University of Ukraine (Kyiv), Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, Michigan State, Arizona, Arizona State, Texas, Missouri, and CalArts are preparing works for inclusion in our Heroes Gallery. They can be based on any verified photo from the massacre; many are using this picture of the hand of a deceased victim buried in rubble.

The Save Ukraine Network is co-sponsoring the Free Ukraine Diptych Campaign, together with Ukraine Now, Stop the Invasion, Mariupol Relief, and churches, mosques, and synagogues in Mariupol, Odesa, Kharkiv and Kyiv. A Diptych is a traditional form of Art, popular in Ukraine in the Middle Ages, which combines two paintings together, often joining them with a hinge. This is a typical Ukrainian Diptych, displaying Mary and the infant Christ child, with an adult Jesus.

Our Diptych (below) is also a combination of two images, though of a completely different character. The top one shows three Soviet civilians dumping bodies into a mass grave in 1942 during the Siege of Leningrad by Nazi forces. The bottom image is similar, except that it depicts Ukrainian citizens dropping corpses into a mass grave on March 9, 2022 during the Siege of Mariupol. Since the photo was taken, thousands more have been killed by Russian bombardment and dumped into similar graves.

The juxtaposition of the images is meant to show the similarities of the two tragedies. It is especially aimed at Russian President Putin and his supporters, because Putin is a native of St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad) and often speaks of his family members who suffered horribly during the Siege. We, the Ukrainian people, are carrying this image physically throughout the country, and through Russia, and sharing it on social media, as a way of asking the question: "Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, what is the difference between these photos? Are the victims different? Why must we repeat the mistakes of the past in the present? What is the purpose of this invasion?"

In Medieval times itinerant priests carried the old-style Diptychs from town to town in Ukraine (Russia too) to explain their religious message. Our campaign is not specifically religious in nature, but is meant to pose these questions to the occupiers.

March 25 is the Feast of the Annunciation in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and there will be processions of people carrying this modern Diptych, sometimes also with photos of family members and friends who have been killed, through the streets of Mariupol. There will also be a lengthy march from Kharkiv to Kyiv featuring up to 30,000 participants. Another group of 15,000 will walk from Kherson to Odesa.

Similar processions featuring thousands of Ukrainians will occur (depending upon what the Russian military does) on the Jewish Passover beginning April 15, on Ukrainian Orthodox Easter on April 24, and on St. Theodosius Day, May 3.

Demonstrations are also planned in Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Amsterdam, London, Mexico City, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Capetown, Nairobi, Mumbai, Jakarta, Miami, San Francisco, Calgary, Kathmandu, Delhi, Bangkok, Lima, Amman, Rome, and Cairo. The world is behind this movement. The World wants to know: Vladimir Vladimirovich, what is the point of this killing of thousands of people?

In addition thousands of Ukrainians will post the Diptych to social media, especially Vkontakte, OdnoKlassniki, and Moi Mir, the three largest Russian social media networks. Others will share the photos on Tiktok, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, though these are unlikely to reach many Russians due to government interference.

Our message may not sway Putin, who seems determined to exterminate the Ukrainian nation as efficiently as possible, but we hope to reach the millions of Russians, both military and civilians, whose assistance is necessary for him to carry out his brutality. Our question for them is: Why? WHY?

If you want to add your own images, perhaps of deceased loved ones, to our processions, send them to Provide names and other relevant information if you want us to commemorate your loved one. If you wish to support the project go to

  • Photo of Olena Kurilo, injured in Russian missile attack on residential area. Photo courtesy of Anadolu Agency via Getty Images. Kurilo has given permission for the image to be shared.

How to help:

  • Doctors Without Borders, which works in conflict zones, is partnering with volunteers in Ukraine to help people travel to health-care facilities and working to ensure people have access to health care and medicine. To support Doctors Without Borders’ Ukraine work, click here.

  • GlobalGiving, a U.S.-based nonprofit crowdfunding platform for grass-roots charitable projects, launched its Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund page, stating that all donations to the fund will support humanitarian assistance in impacted communities in Ukraine and surrounding regions where Ukrainian refugees have fled. You can donate here.

  • The International Rescue Committee, founded in 1933, helps those impacted by humanitarian crises and works in more than 40 affected countries, as well as communities in Europe and the Americas. According to its website, the IRC is on the ground in Poland and working to help displaced families. The site offers suggestions on how you can assist Ukraine, such as welcoming refugees and social media activism. You can donate here.

  • Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross provides assistance for victims of armed conflict and has been working in Ukraine since 2014 to supply emergency assistance and support hospitals with medical equipment. To support the ICRC’s efforts in Ukraine, you can donate here.

  • Journalists with the Kyiv Independent have done tremendous work covering the war, offering the world constant updates as they fear for themselves, their families and their homes. The Independent has started a GoFundMe asking for support, but they’ve also promoted a separate GoFundMe — “Keep Ukraine’s media going” — for journalists around the country who have received less international attention. “[Ukraine’s reporters] have shown extraordinary courage, but the reality on the ground is that most operations cannot continue from Ukraine alone,” one organizer wrote. “This fundraiser is aimed at helping media relocate, set-up back offices and continue their operations from neighboring countries.”

  • Project Hope, an international health-care organization founded in the United States in 1958, works to empower health-care workers facing health crises, according to its website. For the Ukraine invasion, the organization says its emergency teams in Europe are sending medical supplies and standing by to provide health screening and care for refugees. You can donate here.

  • Razom for Ukraine was founded in 2014 and has since launched efforts to build a stronger democracy in the country. Now, according to its website, the nonprofit is “focused on purchasing medical supplies for critical situations like blood loss and other tactical medicine items. We have a large procurement team of volunteers that tracks down and purchases supplies and a logistics team that then gets them to Ukraine.” Razom — which means “together” in Ukrainian — posted a list of the lifesaving supplies it has already purchased and is asking for more support here.

  • Save the Children, founded more than a century ago, is blunt about the grueling nature of its work: “We work in the hardest-to-reach places, where it’s toughest to be a child,” its homepage says. The organization says it is “gravely concerned” for the children of Ukraine and Afghanistan. Its donation page says that $50 can prevent three children from going hungry for a month, $150 can provide warm blankets for 30 children, and $300 can furnish masks to refugee health workers on the front lines.

  • Sunflower of Peace is a small nonprofit with ambitions to help Ukrainian orphans and internally displaced people. A post on its Facebook page in mid-February said it had launched a fundraiser for first-aid medical tactical backpacks. Each backpack, it says, can save up to 10 people. They’re packed with bandages and anti-hemorrhagic medicines, among other critical items. The group has worked mostly off its Facebook page, where it’s accepting donations.

  • The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs oversees U.N. Crisis Relief, with donations going toward U.N. efforts to fund work in humanitarian crises. Primary goals include supporting lifesaving activities, filling funding gaps and expanding assistance in hard-to-reach areas, according to its website. You can donate here.

  • Voices of Children, a charitable foundation based in Ukraine, has been serving the psychological needs of children affected by the war in the country’s east since 2015, according to its website. The group’s psychologists specialize in art therapy and provide general psychosocial support with group classes or individual sessions. Many of its psychologists are based in the regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, areas that have long been controlled by Russian-backed separatists and that are on the front lines of the current, wider conflict. Now, Voices of Children is providing assistance to children and families all over Ukraine, even helping with evacuations. You can donate here.

  • has agreed to sponsor our stories of pets who either did something heroic to save lives, or provided emotional support, or perished during the invasion. Here is a story of a dog who saves lives by sniffing explosives: Here is a list of verified charities that are working to save refugees' pets:

Created by John Toomey, Oleg Kravchuk, Aleksandra Shevchenko, Amy Chang, Soani Gunawan, Mark Tamanino, Savannah Partridge, Savithri Machiraju, Elena Lopez, JaMichael Patterson, and Tom Orange. Save Ukraine Network 3129 Quimby Street Point Loma, California 92106

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