Group 35 was created in the first days of the full-scale invasion by russian occupier troops of the Ukrainian territory. Roman Zinchenko and Yevhen Filyak both posted individually on their Facebook pages about fundraising to purchase protective equipment for volunteers of the Territorial Defense Forces (TDF) in Kyiv and other cities who were on the frontline. In two days they raised more than $60 000 and provided dozens of soldiers with basic protective equipment. Friends from Ukrainian Catholic University, UCU Business School, and other colleagues-entrepreneurs joined the fundraising. Upon deciding to join forces, the volunteer initiative Group 35 has been created.
In two months, volunteers of Group 35 delivered hundreds of tactical equipment and gear sets to our defenders, at an overall cost of 1 million US dollars, thanks to the support of our donors and partners.
In the beginning, Group 35 focused on equipping the Territorial Defense Forces units, who were on the frontline and needed basic gear. Thanks to their courage and determination, the enemy was stopped in the hottest directions, particularly in Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Mykolaiv regions. In the course of time, the Armed Forces of Ukraine firmly secured their positions in all directions, repelled the attacks of russian troops, and continue to heroically fight the invader. Thus, currently, Group 35 volunteers redirected the main efforts to the systematic support of the several Armed Forces of Ukraine units on the frontline. The need for equipment and various special machinery remains enormous.
Thanks to the support of our donors and partners, we deliver to the frontline not only bulletproof vests, helmets, and other gear, but also thermal imagers, drones, radios, demining equipment, vehicles — everything that helps our defenders to win.
On April 7th, 2022, Group 35 was officially incorporated as a charity fund.
In order to increase the effectiveness of our work and ensure transparency in our reports, we partner with the world’s best consulting companies. Legal support for the Charity fund “GROUP 35” is provided by KPMG Ukraine, and financial audit — by PwC Ukraine.