Story

24th February 2022, when the most recent Russian barbaric invasion began, Dimko Zhluktenko has decided quit his IT job and dedicate himself solely to volunteering efforts. By activating all of his connections in the military, he decided to help various units where he had friends – so they can fight better. Drones, StarLinks, night vision, radios, generators, EOD equipment – all of that he initially bought using his own savings, realizing that this is a war for survival of Ukrainian nation. Dimko started sharing these efforts in public on his Twitter page, and immediately people started donating towards his work after seeing it’s honest and genuine, and makes real impact. Over a few months, Dimko has been able to send more than 30 parcels to his military friends, and gather more than 150 000 USD from small PayPal donations.

Fast forward to June 2022, Dimko already had a team of his friends who have consistently helped him all the way through, and willing to dedicate their efforts moving forward.
Dimko Zhluktenko has decided to put his own dreams on pause, and dedicate one year of his life solely to volunteering efforts, and see how much impact his work can do, supported by his fellow friends and his dog Dzyga who has always cross-checking each and every parcel that the team sent to the frontlines.

That’s how Dzyga’s Paw originated – a charity fund aimed at supplying Ukrainian military in Russo-Ukrainian war, in the name of Dzyga dog who wants to live in free independent Ukraine, and, therefore, gives her paw of help to Ukrainian fighters!

The logo was inspired by her paw

Founded in 2022 by Dimko Zhluktenko in the name of his dog Dzyga who has always helped in all of the work done. All to fight Russian invasion. We will stand our ground.

And here is how to pronounce Dzyga 🙂

Philosophy

We are supporting war effort instead of humanitarian. Most of us being Ukrainians, we know there would be no humanitarian crisis if not Russian invasion. Ukraine is fine. But with Russia’s barbaric war crimes, it becomes much harder to live here.

We want to fix the reason why humanitarian aid is needed in the first place. We want to push off Russian invaders out of Ukrainian borders, and make it so they would not want to come back here. Then, we believe, humanitarian problem becomes much easier to tackle and we would be happy to put our efforts into that. Once there are no Russian invaders in Ukraine, and Ukrainian cities are not shelled daily, we are happy to put our best efforts into humanitarian direction.

In case of Russo-Ukrainian war, we have to remove the threat first, then to help civilians.

Thus, we are putting most of our resources into military aid – especially into the technologies that give tactical advantage over enemies. Air recon drones, StarLinks, long-range encrypted radios, radio repeaters, advanced night vision, thermal cameras, and so on. Most of our team coming from IT background, and we know a thing or two about advanced technologies. That makes it possible for us to optimally validate, source, test, and suggest usages of technologies to Ukrainian military units, so they can gain that tactical advantage over Russian forces and humiliate them.

Also, as we are chatting daily with the military units, we know that there is always a demand for consumables such as sweets, cigarettes, trekking socks, tactical gloves, batteries – all these things are GOLD. We are happily packing those into each “care package” we send – because our fighters should know – we are thinking about them, about their comfort as well.

Charity fund

Letters of gratitude

Dzyga's team

Initially, it all started as one-man army, or one-man-and-a-dog army
Now, there is a whole team behind Dzyga’s Paw!

Dzyga

One Paw to rule them all

Dimko Zhluktenko

Founder

Iryna Popovych

Founder

Roman Kyryliuk

Volunteer

Rinat Botchenko

Digital paw

Ihor Dumanskyi

Volunteer

Yevheniia Mitriakhina

Volunteer

Mykhailo Poliakov

Volunteer

Serhii Onyshchenko

Volunteer

Roman Khrupa

Volunteer

Victor Ladyzhets

Volunteer

Vlad Pavliuk

Volunteer

Frequently Asked Questions

General

We only offer assistance to people we know. We ensure that the requests make sense, only then do we put forth our best efforts to fulfill those requests that have been 100% validated.

You can find a list of all the Heroes we support here.

We only offer assistance to people we know. We ensure that the requests make sense, only then do we put forth our best efforts to fulfill those requests that have been 100% validated.

You can find a list of all the Heroes we support here.

Dzyga’s Paw was started by a former IT specialist, Dimko Zhluktenko. On February 24, 2022, Dimko quit his job in IT and dedicated himself solely to volunteering. In the beginning, he bought various high-tech equipment for military needs using his savings. After sharing these efforts on his Twitter page, people immediately started donating to his work after seeing that it was honest and genuine and had a real impact.

Now, Dzyga’s Paw has a team of volunteers, who share our philosophy and dedicate their time to helping Ukraine win the war.

All jokes aside, the foundation’s actual leader is Dzyga dog, who has rallied an entire team behind her paw!

To get in touch with us, send an email to [email protected].

Dzyga’s Paw is on
Twitter
LinkedIn
and Instagram

Also, follow Dimko and all the members of our team on Twitter!

No, we do not buy weapons. We only focus on providing high-tech equipment for which we have the necessary competence. However, there are exceptional cases where we can offer units that have a license for buying weapons financial support.

As a team of Ukrainians, we believe the world can only reach peace by supporting the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Payment

We accept money transfers via credit card, PayPal, and bank account. We also accept cryptocurrency. Our team is open to help you with the other ways of accepting donations at [email protected]. You can learn more about how you can support us here. Every bit helps! No donation is too small! Bit by bit, parcel by parcel, unit by unit, we will build up strong, well-equiped, motivated army to fight Russian invasion.

We accept money transfers via credit card, PayPal, and bank account. We also accept cryptocurrency.

Our team is open to help you with the other ways of accepting donations at [email protected]. You can learn more about how you can support us here.

Every bit helps! No donation is too small! Bit by bit, parcel by parcel, unit by unit, we will build up strong, well-equiped, motivated army to fight Russian invasion.

If you have problems transferring your donation, we can help you resolve it!

Please contact our support team at [email protected] so that we may assist you!

You will receive a confirmation email if you donate through PayPal.

If you donate through a credit card or bank transfer, you could write your email address in the transaction message to receive the confirmation email.

Furthermore, you can find your payment on our Finance page for a few hours after it was processed.

There are numerous ways to donate.

We recommend the foundations Come Back Alive, Serhiy Prytula’s Charity Foundation, and UAnimals. You can find more detailed information about these foundations on their official pages.

For now, 97% of donations have been spent purely on military needs and humanitarian aid. Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, we have been operating without overhead, which has only been possible thanks to volunteers. Still, some of the expeditions to the frontlines took up some operational budget for expenses like fuel and food.

Currently, we are working on making the foundation transparent for our donors. We are planning to launch a new page where you will be able to track all of our expenses, including operational ones as well as those that we have planned for 2023. You can learn more about this project here.

We receive donations from the USA, the UK, Germany, Sweden, Canada, Norway, Estonia, Finland, Switzerland, and more!

Suppliance

Unfortunately, our resources are limited, and we cannot help everyone. We are focusing on providing adequate support to people we know.

Here you can find personal stories of our Heroes *link* and ways to support them directly.

Unfortunately, our resources are limited, and we cannot help everyone. We are focusing on providing adequate support to people we know.

Here you can find personal stories of our Heroes and ways to support them directly.

Even though we would love to assist every volunteer, our main focus remains on supporting our Heroes. Therefore, it takes time to respond to every such request.

Still, we would be happy to be of use to you, so please send your request to [email protected].

Brilliant!

Let us know how you can help at [email protected], and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

We feel that technology provides us with a tactical advantage over Russian forces. It includes air recon drones, StarLinks, long-range encrypted radios, radio repeaters, advanced night vision, thermal cameras, and so on.

Also, as we speak with the military units on a daily basis, we know that consumables such as sweets, cigarettes, trekking socks, tactical gloves, batteries are always in high demand.

We are willing to accept all sorts of help, so please email us at [email protected], and we will make sure your package reaches Ukraine.

Projects

With the help of our contributors, we were recently able to purchase 100 Starlinks for the Ukrainian army! We are still paying for some of the subscriptions, and your assistance is greatly appreciated.

We will transfer your donation to the Starlink subscription if you text “Starlink” in the transaction message.

With the help of our contributors, we were recently able to purchase 100 Starlinks for the Ukrainian army! We are still paying for some of the subscriptions, and your assistance is greatly appreciated.

We will transfer your donation to the Starlink subscription if you text “Starlink” in the transaction message.

Certainly!

You can buy Starlink on your own in the EU and send it to us along with the account. For support on this matter, contact [email protected].

Alternatively, you can donate to us and specify “Starlink” in the transaction message.

You can send your greeting or any other message to Russians on the 152mm round fired from the MSTA-B cannon! Here is how it is done:

1. You send a screenshot of your $300+ donation to our foundation at [email protected], along with the text you want on the shell.
2. We will send you a video of your shell going straight to Russians in a few days.

Also, our boys can say anything you want before or after the launch.

Here you can find some of our videos.

It largely depends on what you specifically want to receive and the customs restrictions on it. Send your request to [email protected] so we can try our best to fulfill it.

Want to support Dimko?

Since 24th February, I quit my IT job (here’s what I did before) and put all of my resources – both own savings and time into saving Ukraine from Russian invasion. Within those months, I have created a charity fund in the name of my dog Dzyga who is tirelessly helping me supplying Ukrainian military with high tech equipment.

I am a cycling geek, and we were planning to open a bike shop together with my partner in Lviv, Ukraine. What we wanted is to embrace cycling culture in Lviv, and make more people here love cycling the way I do it.

Dimko Zhluktenko

Founder of 🇺🇦 military charity fund