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  • HOW TO REMOVE LOCATION DATA FROM PHOTOS

    Every photograph on modern devices embeds a GPS location by default that can be used to locate the person taking the video. Learn how to remove that data below.

    1. Completely Turn Off Geotagging for Photos On iPhone

    All that is required to completely Turn Off the Geotagging feature on your iPhone or iPad is to go to prevent Location Data Access for the Camera App on your iPhone.

    1. Open Settings on your iPhone > scroll down and tap on Privacy.

    2. On the Privacy screen, tap on Location Services.

    3. On Location Services screen, scroll down and tap on Camera.

    4. On the next screen, tap on Never to completely Turn OFF Geotagging for Photos on your iPhone.

    This setting will prevent Geotags from being recorded on all photos and videos that you take using the Camera on your iPhone.

    2. Selectively Enable or Disable Geotagging For Photos on iPhone

    Instead of completely disabling Geotagging for Photos, you can make the Camera App on your iPhone to prompt you to Enable or Disable Location information on a case by case basis.

    1. Go to Settings > General > scroll down and tap on Reset.

    2. On the Reset screen, tap on Reset Location & Privacy option.

    3. If prompted, enter your Passcode in order to make this change.

    The above steps will Reset Location and Privacy Settings for all the Apps on your device.

    Now when you use the Camera on your iPhone, you will be prompted to either Enable or Disable Location information, every time you open the Camera App on your iPhone.

    ISW Map 06 MAR 2022

    Russian forces spent the past 24 hours largely regrouping and preparing to renew offensive operations around Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Mykolayiv. Read the latest update from The Institute for the Study of War here.

  • HOW TO REMOVE LOCATION DATA FROM PHOTOS

    Every photograph on modern devices embeds a GPS location by default that can be used to locate the person taking the video. Learn how to remove that data below.

    1. Completely Turn Off Geotagging for Photos On iPhone

    All that is required to completely Turn Off the Geotagging feature on your iPhone or iPad is to go to prevent Location Data Access for the Camera App on your iPhone.

    1. Open Settings on your iPhone > scroll down and tap on Privacy.

    2. On the Privacy screen, tap on Location Services.

    3. On Location Services screen, scroll down and tap on Camera.

    4. On the next screen, tap on Never to completely Turn OFF Geotagging for Photos on your iPhone.

    This setting will prevent Geotags from being recorded on all photos and videos that you take using the Camera on your iPhone.

    2. Selectively Enable or Disable Geotagging For Photos on iPhone

    Instead of completely disabling Geotagging for Photos, you can make the Camera App on your iPhone to prompt you to Enable or Disable Location information on a case by case basis.

    1. Go to Settings > General > scroll down and tap on Reset.

    2. On the Reset screen, tap on Reset Location & Privacy option.

    3. If prompted, enter your Passcode in order to make this change.

    The above steps will Reset Location and Privacy Settings for all the Apps on your device.

    Now when you use the Camera on your iPhone, you will be prompted to either Enable or Disable Location information, every time you open the Camera App on your iPhone.

    Via Euromaidan/Ukrainian MoD

  • HOW TO REMOVE LOCATION DATA FROM PHOTOS

    Every photograph on modern devices embeds a GPS location by default that can be used to locate the person taking the video. Learn how to remove that data below.

    1. Completely Turn Off Geotagging for Photos On iPhone

    All that is required to completely Turn Off the Geotagging feature on your iPhone or iPad is to go to prevent Location Data Access for the Camera App on your iPhone.

    1. Open Settings on your iPhone > scroll down and tap on Privacy.

    2. On the Privacy screen, tap on Location Services.

    3. On Location Services screen, scroll down and tap on Camera.

    4. On the next screen, tap on Never to completely Turn OFF Geotagging for Photos on your iPhone.

    This setting will prevent Geotags from being recorded on all photos and videos that you take using the Camera on your iPhone.

    2. Selectively Enable or Disable Geotagging For Photos on iPhone

    Instead of completely disabling Geotagging for Photos, you can make the Camera App on your iPhone to prompt you to Enable or Disable Location information on a case by case basis.

    1. Go to Settings > General > scroll down and tap on Reset.

    2. On the Reset screen, tap on Reset Location & Privacy option.

    3. If prompted, enter your Passcode in order to make this change.

    The above steps will Reset Location and Privacy Settings for all the Apps on your device.

    Now when you use the Camera on your iPhone, you will be prompted to either Enable or Disable Location information, every time you open the Camera App on your iPhone.

    Via Twitter:

    Nexta reports “Advisor to the presidential office, Mykhaylo #Podolyak reported that a humanitarian corridor at #Mariupol and #Volnovakha will be opened today.”

  • HOW TO REMOVE LOCATION DATA FROM PHOTOS

    Every photograph on modern devices embeds a GPS location by default that can be used to locate the person taking the video. Learn how to remove that data below.

    1. Completely Turn Off Geotagging for Photos On iPhone

    All that is required to completely Turn Off the Geotagging feature on your iPhone or iPad is to go to prevent Location Data Access for the Camera App on your iPhone.

    1. Open Settings on your iPhone > scroll down and tap on Privacy.

    2. On the Privacy screen, tap on Location Services.

    3. On Location Services screen, scroll down and tap on Camera.

    4. On the next screen, tap on Never to completely Turn OFF Geotagging for Photos on your iPhone.

    This setting will prevent Geotags from being recorded on all photos and videos that you take using the Camera on your iPhone.

    2. Selectively Enable or Disable Geotagging For Photos on iPhone

    Instead of completely disabling Geotagging for Photos, you can make the Camera App on your iPhone to prompt you to Enable or Disable Location information on a case by case basis.

    1. Go to Settings > General > scroll down and tap on Reset.

    2. On the Reset screen, tap on Reset Location & Privacy option.

    3. If prompted, enter your Passcode in order to make this change.

    The above steps will Reset Location and Privacy Settings for all the Apps on your device.

    Now when you use the Camera on your iPhone, you will be prompted to either Enable or Disable Location information, every time you open the Camera App on your iPhone.

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    Russian Campaign Update. The Russians are continuing their attacks against Ukraine. The effort in the north is somewhat stalled while gains are being made by the Russians in the south. The Russians don’t appear to have an operational plan where the different columns are in a supporting posture – it seems more of a piecemeal effort with separate battles going on in different parts of Ukraine. The White House is reporting that 90% of the pre-invasion force on the borders of Ukraine has now entered the country.

    The capture of Kyiv is the main effort. The cities of Kharkiv, Mariupol, and Mykolayiv are secondary targets. The 40-mile long Russian column advancing into the interior of Ukraine has been slow moving and has come under attack frequently by Ukrainian forces. As of Thursday (Mar 3) the column was 15 miles from the capital city – Kyiv. The forward elements of the convoy are likely moving into their staging areas, with some elements heading south and then west to complete the encirclement of the capital city.

    Fight for the Skies. The Russians have yet to commit the full force of its air force and its long-range and short-range missiles. This is a failure of planning, an attempt to minimize civilian casualties, or some other factor. But it remains a mystery to military analysts. The Ukrainian Air Force, although diminished, is still flying. The anti-air capabilities of Ukraine are reduced but still active. Stingers appear to be making a difference.

    Maritime Activities. An Estonian cargo ship was reportedly sunk in the Black Sea after hitting a naval mine of the coast of Odessa. A Bangladeshi-flagged ship was also hit by a Russian missile. An amphibious force of four large landing ships is off the coast of Odessa. They will likely take part in an operation once the Russian forces from the Crimea spearhead start moving west along the coast of the Black Sea. Or, they are a feint to keep Ukrainian forces in the Odessa region while the Crimea-based Russian forces either head to Kyiv or conduct a pincer movement to cut off Ukrainian forces in the eastern part of the country.

    Kyiv. The capital city is almost completely encircled. Open roads leading out of the capital are likely to the southwest. The train heading west is running . . . and always full of passengers. It is likely that the Russians want to take the city and install a puppet regime. There is probably a plane waiting in Moscow to board the ‘new government’ and fly them to Kyiv once the city is secured by the Russians.

    Kharkiv. The second largest city of Ukraine is Kharkiv located in the northeast of the country. There is a fierce fight for this city that is close to the Russian border. A lot of artillery and rocket attacks by the Russians have occurred. Most reports say that the city is completely encircled.

    Mariupol. Located on the Sea of Azov, the coastal city of Mariupol is under siege by the Russians. This city is situated along the coastal road network that would provide Russia with a land bridge between Russia and the Crimea.

    Going West? With the capture of Kherson by the Russians, attention is now focused on Mykolayiv and Odessa. The question is, will this concentration of Russian troops that emerged from Russian-occupied Crimea push north to Kyiv or head west towards Odessa?

    Map of Ukraine CRS April 2020

    Western Arms. Over 20 countries – most from NATO and the European Union – are sending weapons, ammunition, and military supplies to Ukraine from across the Polish border. Rocket launchers, Stinger surface-to-air missiles, and Javelin antitank missiles are among the more important weapons being sent to Ukraine. Turkey is providing Bayraktar TB2 drones that have proved surprisingly effective against Russian forces.

    Fight at Nuclear Power Plant. Russian forces fired at buildings in a complex housing the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. This took place in the southern city of Enerhodar. The fire has since been put out, no news on radiation leaks. The International Atomic Energy Agency reports that the Ukraine regulator has not detected a change in radiation levels. Russian news reports that a joint Russian-Ukrainian exercise was held on Thursday to practice procedures at the power plant. The exercise is now over and completed all of its training objectives.

    Russian General Killed. The former commander of Russian 7th Airborne Assault Division was killed by a Ukrainian sniper on Wednesday (Mar 2). At the time of his death he was the deputy commander of the 41st Combined Arms Army of the Central Military District. “Ukraine Forces Reportedly Kill Russia General Andrei Sukhovetsky in Blow to Invading Army”, Newsweek, March 3, 2022.

    Negotiations. Talks are ongoing each day at the Belarusian town of Gomel just across the Belarus border. Ukraine has demanded a ceasefire and the establishment of humanitarian corridors at the talks. Ukrainian President Zelensky has requested direct talks with Russian President Putin.

    Refugees. Over a million people have fled Ukraine in the past seven days according to the United Nations. This is about 2% of the country’s total population. Most are being taken in by Poland and Hungary.

    “Volunteer Formations of Territorial Communities”. The provisions of Article 8 of the Law of Ukraine “On Fundamentals of National Resistance” have established civilian organizations that are under the command and control of the commander of the military unit of the Territorial Defence Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The tasks of the Volunteer Formations of Territorial Communities is to construct checkpoints, block movement of the enemy, and perform other tasks given them. The most significant change to the law included the clearly defined powers of the Special Operations Forces, which will lead the resistance movement, as well as giving volunteer fighters the right to use small arms.

    “Members of voluntary formations of territorial communities have the right to use personal hunting weapons, small arms, other weapons and ammunition while performing territorial defense tasks, in accordance with the procedure established by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.”

    Foreign Volunteers? Russia Will Prosecute. Volunteers from across the globe are traveling to Ukraine to fight against the Russians. Apparently several hundred volunteers have arrived in Ukraine to fight alongside Ukrainian forces. The Ukrainian embassy in Washington, D.C. says they have received more than 3,000 applications for U.S. citizens wanting to help out. Many of them are military veterans. Once in the Ukraine they are integrated into the International Legion of Territorial Defense of Ukraine. The Russian Defense Ministry says that military contractors sent by Western countries and ‘foreign mercenaries’ will be prosecuted. It is likely that this announcement will not apply to the Wagner Group. Read more:

    “Volunteer fighters arrive in Ukraine. But the untrained should stay home”, Military Times, March 3, 2022.
    “A SEAL Turned CIA Officer’s Advice to Vets Volunteering to Fight for Ukraine”Sandboxx, March 3, 2022.
    “We Followed a Foreign Fighter on His Way to Join the War in Ukraine”Vice World News, March 1, 2022.
    “Foreign Fighters in Ukraine? Evaluating the Benefits and Risks”, Lawfare Blog, March 2, 2022.


    The Coming Resistance

    U.S. SOF and Ukraine. From intelligence gathering to training civilians in guerrilla tactics, here’s what the U.S. and NATO might do to push back against the Russian invasion while avoiding escalation. “How U.S. Special Forces Can Fight Putin Without Starting World War III”, by Jeremy Kryt, Daily Beast, March 1, 2022.

    Insurgency? Long and Bloody. Thomas Pepinsky, a professor of government and public policy at Cornell University, writes that the Ukrainians should steel themselves for a long and difficult insurgency in the months and years ahead. The Ukrainians are unlikely to defeat the larger and better equipped Russian army they are confronted with. So an insurgency seems to be the only alternative to capitulation. Insurgent warfare is designed to grind down the occupying force’s resolve. But that takes months if not years. “A Ukrainian Insurgency Will Be Long and Bloody”, Modern War Institute at West Point, March 3, 2022.

    Banner Commentary

    Cyber and Information Operations

    Hackers on both sides of the conflict continue their efforts in cyberspace. Some social media platforms are being restricted or shutdown – in Russia and around the world by respective nations. The United States is considering a bill in Congress entitled Strengthening American Cybersecurity Act of 2022. Despite the fact that Russia has a huge army of cyber warriors it seems to have not coordinated a pre-invasion cyber attack very effectively, and its current operations are not decisive. Is cyberwar overrated?

    Hackers Targeting Refugee Orgs. Cyber hackers from Belarus are going after organizations that are helping Ukrainian refugees and delivering humanitarian aid to Ukraine. Phishing attacks have been launched from emails pretending to be from the Ukrainian security services. “Warning: Hackers are Targeting the Ukraine Refugee Crisis”, Forbes, March 2, 2022.

    Hacktivists and Cyber War. Some computer techies have a criminal focus. But we now see them opposing each other as they align with Russia or Ukraine in the current conflict. Hacktivists around the world have got involved in the Ukraine War. Ukraine put out a call for a digital army to help it resist the Russian invasion. Anonymous and other individual hackers have answered the call. Russia’s cyber army has been building its cyber capabilities over the past 15 years. “The cyberwar over Ukraine is like nothing we’ve seen before”, Deutsche Welle, March 3, 2022.

    The Cyberspace War – Podcast. Russian soldiers continue to push toward Kyiv. In cyberspace, a volunteer Ukrainian cyber army, hacktivists, and cybercriminals are battling for impact in an increasingly chaotic information war. “How the battle between Russia and Ukraine has developed in cyberspace”National Public Radio, March 3, 2022.

    Russia Today (RT). The production company for RT America has laid off a majority of its staff. DirecTV, one of the main television providers, dropped RT America. This news network has been a mouthpiece for Russian propaganda for many years.

    Russia, the Media, and the War. Media coverage of Russian troops invading Ukraine is unfolding differently in Russia than in the U.S. Using maps and disinformation, many television programs are shaping public opinion by justifying Moscow’s decision to attack its neighbor. “How Russian State Media is Portraying the War in Ukraine”, Wall Street Journal, March 3, 2022, YouTube, 6 minutes.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yucxuoa3xm4

    UATV. Watch broadcast TV in Ukraine live.
    https://uatv.ua/en/

    World Response

    Project DYNAMO. A Tampa-based nonprofit that has been assisting in the evacuation effort of Afghans since the coming to power of the Taliban is now operating in Ukraine. Project DYNAMO recently coordinated for two buses of evacuees out of Ukraine since the Russian invasion took place. Thousands of people have requested assistance from Project DYNAMO – including American citizens, lawful permanent residents, and people from other nations. See “Tampa-based nonprofit, Project DYNAMO, rescues evacuees, including Americans, from Ukraine”ABC Action News, March 1, 2022.

    U.S. Offers TPS. The secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, has created a 18-month Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program for Ukrainians who have lived in the U.S. since March 1, 2022. This allows eligible people to apply for work permits and deportation protections. This TPS designation is expected to benefit 30,000 Ukrainians living in the U.S. on temporary student, tourist, or business visas. Read more in “Secretary Mayorkas Designates Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months”, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), March 3, 2022.

    $10B Ukraine Fund. Congress has been asked to provide about $10 billion to cover the cost of troop deployments to Eastern Europe, covert support to Ukraine, U.S. weapons for Ukraine, humanitarian aid, and military aid. The request (see White House letter) was made on Thursday (Mar 3). See “White House seeks new $10B Ukraine fund with half for Pentagon”, Defense News, March 3, 2022.

    Evac Groups and Maps. The Kabul non-combatant evacuation operation (NEO) began in August 2021 after the fall of the Afghan government and the occupation of Kabul by the Taliban. Various volunteer groups formed up quickly to assist Afghans onto the Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA) in Kabul. Some of the organizations had access to numerous mapping applications to assist in their operations. One of these apps was developed by a SOF-focused firm based in Tampa, Florida called Quiet Professionals. And now, volunteer evacuation groups are setting up their map applications for the Ukraine conflict. Read more in “Offering Hope to Those Left Behind in Afghanistan”ESRI.com, Winter 2022.

    EU Membership. Ukraine has already asked for membership in the European Union. Now Moldova and Georgia are also seeking EU membership. Both countries have asked the EU to begin membership talks.

    Commentary

    Avoiding the Larger War. While the United States and other NATO countries need to reinforce Eastern Europe and support the Ukrainian people, it needs to be careful not to escalate the current conflict into a larger war. Samuel Charap, a senior political scientist with RAND Corporation, provides some cautionary advice. “Ensuring Russia’s War with Ukraine Doesn’t Morph into Direct Conflict with NATO”, RAND Corporation, March 2, 2022.

    Closing the Turkish Straits. The passage of ships through the Turkish Straits is regulated under the 1936 Montreux Convention. Turkey has the right to close the straits in time of war. On March 1, 2022, it closed the straits to warship transits. It is unclear if the closure is for just Russian warships or all warships. A professor of law at the U.S. Naval War College looks into the legal aspects of the Turkish move in “Closing the Turkish Straits in Times of War”, Articles of War, Lieber Institute West Point, March 3, 2022.

    The Finnish Model of Defense. If you want ordinary people to make your society occupation-proof, you have to teach them to kill well before they need to do so. Ukraine failed in this respect. On the other hand, Finland seems quite prepared to repeat its performance of the 1939 Winter War. “How the Finns Deter Russian Invasion”, The Atlantic, March 3, 2022.

    Avoiding WWIII. Aaron Stein is the director of research at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He outlines some of the things that could happen that could get us into another world war. One scenario is the possibility of an encounter between opposing aircraft along the Polish Ukrainian border that escalates quickly. “Ukraine and a Guide to Avoiding World War III”War on the Rocks, March 3, 2022.


    SOF News welcomes the submission of articles for publication. If it is related to special operations, current conflicts, national security, defense, or the current conflict in Ukraine then we are interested.


    Maps and Other Resources

    Russia-Ukraine Monitor Map. This map is a crowdsourced effort by the Centre for Information Resilience (CIR) and the wider open source community to provide reliable information for policymakers, journalists, and justice organizations about the evolving situations both on the ground and online.
    https://maphub.net/Cen4infoRes/russian-ukraine-monitor

    UK Ministry of Defence. Check out the map posted by @DefenceHQ on Twitter.
    https://twitter.com/DefenceHQ

    Ukraine Graphics by Reuters. “Russia Invades Ukraine”
    https://graphics.reuters.com/UKRAINE-CRISIS/zdpxokdxzvx/

    Ukraine Conflict Info. The Ukrainians have launched a new website that will provide information about the war. It is entitled Russia Invaded Ukraine and can be found at https://war.ukraine.ua/.

    Janes Equipment Profile – Ukraine Conflict. An 81-page PDF provides information on the military equipment of the Russian and Ukrainian armed forces. Covers naval, air, electronic warfare, C4ISR, communications, night vision, radar, and armored fighting vehicles, Ukraine Conflict Equipment Profile, February 28, 2022.
    https://www.janes.com/docs/default-source/ukraine-conflict/equipment-profile_report_280222.pdf

    Russian EW Capabilities. “Rah, Rah, Rash Putin?”Armada International, March 2, 2022.

    Arms Transfers to UkraineForum on the Arms Trade.
    https://www.forumarmstrade.org/ukrainearms.html

  • HOW TO REMOVE LOCATION DATA FROM PHOTOS

    Every photograph on modern devices embeds a GPS location by default that can be used to locate the person taking the video. Learn how to remove that data below.

    1. Completely Turn Off Geotagging for Photos On iPhone

    All that is required to completely Turn Off the Geotagging feature on your iPhone or iPad is to go to prevent Location Data Access for the Camera App on your iPhone.

    1. Open Settings on your iPhone > scroll down and tap on Privacy.

    2. On the Privacy screen, tap on Location Services.

    3. On Location Services screen, scroll down and tap on Camera.

    4. On the next screen, tap on Never to completely Turn OFF Geotagging for Photos on your iPhone.

    This setting will prevent Geotags from being recorded on all photos and videos that you take using the Camera on your iPhone.

    2. Selectively Enable or Disable Geotagging For Photos on iPhone

    Instead of completely disabling Geotagging for Photos, you can make the Camera App on your iPhone to prompt you to Enable or Disable Location information on a case by case basis.

    1. Go to Settings > General > scroll down and tap on Reset.

    2. On the Reset screen, tap on Reset Location & Privacy option.

    3. If prompted, enter your Passcode in order to make this change.

    The above steps will Reset Location and Privacy Settings for all the Apps on your device.

    Now when you use the Camera on your iPhone, you will be prompted to either Enable or Disable Location information, every time you open the Camera App on your iPhone.

    Ukraine & Poland have opened 2 more refugee crossings for people traveling on foot. More details pending.

  • HOW TO REMOVE LOCATION DATA FROM PHOTOS

    Every photograph on modern devices embeds a GPS location by default that can be used to locate the person taking the video. Learn how to remove that data below.

    1. Completely Turn Off Geotagging for Photos On iPhone

    All that is required to completely Turn Off the Geotagging feature on your iPhone or iPad is to go to prevent Location Data Access for the Camera App on your iPhone.

    1. Open Settings on your iPhone > scroll down and tap on Privacy.

    2. On the Privacy screen, tap on Location Services.

    3. On Location Services screen, scroll down and tap on Camera.

    4. On the next screen, tap on Never to completely Turn OFF Geotagging for Photos on your iPhone.

    This setting will prevent Geotags from being recorded on all photos and videos that you take using the Camera on your iPhone.

    2. Selectively Enable or Disable Geotagging For Photos on iPhone

    Instead of completely disabling Geotagging for Photos, you can make the Camera App on your iPhone to prompt you to Enable or Disable Location information on a case by case basis.

    1. Go to Settings > General > scroll down and tap on Reset.

    2. On the Reset screen, tap on Reset Location & Privacy option.

    3. If prompted, enter your Passcode in order to make this change.

    The above steps will Reset Location and Privacy Settings for all the Apps on your device.

    Now when you use the Camera on your iPhone, you will be prompted to either Enable or Disable Location information, every time you open the Camera App on your iPhone.

    Ways to directly contribute to causes you support the most that benefit the people of Ukraine.

    SAVELIFE.IN.UA Choose to support the Country as a whole or military specifically.

    FRIENDS ON THE GROUND

    • Iryna & AdamIryna is on the ground in Ukraine now, assisting families, children, and pets who fled Kyiv for safety. All donations will be spent assisting those in need directly through local networks to provide food, shelter & necessities for Ukrainian refugees.

    CHARITIES THAT HELP THE WAR EFFORT

    • Save Life: This NGO crowdfunds non-lethal military equipment, such as thermal vision scopes & supplies it to the Donbas front lines. It also provides training for Ukrainian soldiers, as well as researching troops’ needs and social reintegration of veterans.
    • Donbas SOS: This organization helps those who live in the Donbas war zone, those who relocated to other parts of Ukraine, and freed prisoners of war. It offers legal support, accommodation assistance, and psychological aid among other things.
    • Crimea SOS: This organization has been helping internally displaced people from Crimea since Russia occupied the peninsula in 2014. It documents Russian authorities’ repressions against Crimeans and advocates for the end of the occupation.
    • Hospitallers : This is a medical battalion that unites volunteer paramedics and doctors to save the lives of soldiers on the frontline. They crowdfund their vehicle repairs, fuel, and medical equipment.

    CHARITIES THAT HELP CHILDREN

    • Tabletochki: This foundation has been supporting children with cancer for 10 years. They procure medicines, equipment, and arrange overseas treatment, among other things.
    • ChildrenWeWillMakeIt: This movement grew out of a campaign that raised $2 million to get the world’s most expensive medicine for a Ukrainian boy with spinal muscular atrophy. It now fundraises for the treatment of other Ukrainian children with SMA.
    • Ruka ob Ruku: This is a running club for children with disabilities. The initiative gives children an opportunity to train and take part in races together with their parents and volunteers.

    CHARITIES FOR THE ELDERLY

    • Happy Old: This charity provides older people across Ukraine with groceries and medicine, holds educational, entertainment, and sports events, as well as helps with employment. They even created a modeling agency for the elderly.
    • Let’s Help: This charity cares for older people living alone and helps state retirement homes. They also advocate for better treatment of older people by the state, including providing people aged 60+ with easy access to education.
    • Starenki: It’s a charitable initiative devoted to issues of old age in Ukraine. They help lonely seniors by providing them with groceries and hygiene products.

    CHARITIES THAT HELP WOMEN

    • Women Perspectives: This organization has been helping women who have faced domestic violence, discrimination in the labor market, and other issues. The NGO works with local and state authorities to promote pro-equality gender policies in Ukraine.
    • Marsh Zhinok (Women’s March): Every year, on March 8, this initiative holds a rally promoting gender equality and the protection of women from gender-based violence. Currently, the organization is petitioning for Ukraine to adopt the Istanbul Convention.

    CHARITIES FOR BLOOD DONATION

    • Blood Agents: It is an NGO that promotes regular, conscious and gratuitous blood donations. They have encouraged people to donate blood over 5,000 times over the past six years.
    • Donor UA: It is an automated system for recruiting and managing blood donors, designed to promote the donor movement in Ukraine. You can help by signing up and donating blood or by supporting the project with money donation.

    CHARITIES FOR ANIMALS

    • Sirius: Is the largest shelter for stray animals in Ukraine established in 2000. Its capacity is over 3,000 animals. The institution crowdfunds for animal feed, veterinary drugs, construction and repair of enclosures, and other needs.
    • Happy Paw: Is a charity dedicated to solving the problems of homeless animals in Ukraine. The charity helps owners find lost animals, sterilizes domestic animals of people in need & holds lectures on humane treatment of homeless animals for schoolchildren.
    • UAnimals: Is a movement for protecting animals from exploitation & abuse. The organization managed to achieve a ban on animal circuses & persuaded many designers participating in Ukrainian Fashion Week to abandon natural fur.

    CHARITIES FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

    • Ukraine Without Waste: It is a Ukrainian non-profit promoting the practice of sorting household waste. They educate companies on how to go green at their offices, and hold lectures for the wider public.
    • Laska: It’s a chain of two charity stores in Kyiv that promote conscious shopping. They accept donated clothes, resell 15% of them, and send the rest to orphanages, homes for the elderly and centers for people with disabilities.

    CHARITIES FOR THE HOMELESS

    • Help the homeless: This initiative supports homeless people & the elderly in need, by providing them with free meals, medicine, hygiene products, clothes & shoes. Launched by a group of volunteers in 2016, the organization has been relying on crowdfunding.
    • Suka Zhizn: This organization grew big from a 2017 Instagram account launched to tell stories of homeless people. Now volunteers provide various support to the homeless: employment, sorting out documents, searching for relatives & legal counseling.

    CHARITIES FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM

    • Slidstvo: Is an independent agency launched in 2012 that produces award-winning documentaries exposing corruption. They have investigated mismanagement of prisons, fraud, money laundering at PrivatBank & the assassination of journalist Sheremet.
    • UKRPravda News: Founded in 2000 by Gongadze, a prominent journalist who was killed the same year, this publication is among the most influential in Ukraine. The reporters break political scoops and unmask officials who abuse their power.
    • Zaborona Media: This is an independent media outlet founded by journalists. They investigate topics such as violations of Ukrainian workers’ rights in the Middle East, arms trafficking, and corruption in the construction sector.

    CHARITIES THAT PRESERVE UKRAINIAN CULTURAL HERITAGE

    • Parkhomivka Museum: The museum, located in a small village in eastern Kharkiv Oblast, is an 18th-century villa that offers a permanent collection of exhibits by artists as iconic as Picasso, Malevich & Manet. You can support it by coming & buying a ticket.
    • Save Kyiv Modernism: Is a movement that unites architects, designers and activists who advocate for the protection of the remarkable Soviet modernist structures across Ukraine.
    • FrankivskToCareAbout: Is a movement for the preservation of architectural heritage in the western city of Ivano-Frankivsk. Founded in 2016, the initiative renovates old wooden doors of the city’s ancient buildings.

    CHARITIES HELPING WITH COVID

    • Svoyi: Svoyi gives free oxygen concentrators to people who contracted COVID & can’t be hospitalized due to personal circumstances or when hospitals are overflowing. It also helps those discharged too early in favor of patients in more serious conditions.
    • Monsters, Inc.: This organization is based in Odesa and provides emergency medical aid to people living in the region. They also help COVID hospitals, procuring medicines and equipment.
  • HOW TO REMOVE LOCATION DATA FROM PHOTOS

    Every photograph on modern devices embeds a GPS location by default that can be used to locate the person taking the video. Learn how to remove that data below.

    1. Completely Turn Off Geotagging for Photos On iPhone

    All that is required to completely Turn Off the Geotagging feature on your iPhone or iPad is to go to prevent Location Data Access for the Camera App on your iPhone.

    1. Open Settings on your iPhone > scroll down and tap on Privacy.

    2. On the Privacy screen, tap on Location Services.

    3. On Location Services screen, scroll down and tap on Camera.

    4. On the next screen, tap on Never to completely Turn OFF Geotagging for Photos on your iPhone.

    This setting will prevent Geotags from being recorded on all photos and videos that you take using the Camera on your iPhone.

    2. Selectively Enable or Disable Geotagging For Photos on iPhone

    Instead of completely disabling Geotagging for Photos, you can make the Camera App on your iPhone to prompt you to Enable or Disable Location information on a case by case basis.

    1. Go to Settings > General > scroll down and tap on Reset.

    2. On the Reset screen, tap on Reset Location & Privacy option.

    3. If prompted, enter your Passcode in order to make this change.

    The above steps will Reset Location and Privacy Settings for all the Apps on your device.

    Now when you use the Camera on your iPhone, you will be prompted to either Enable or Disable Location information, every time you open the Camera App on your iPhone.

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  • HOW TO REMOVE LOCATION DATA FROM PHOTOS

    Every photograph on modern devices embeds a GPS location by default that can be used to locate the person taking the video. Learn how to remove that data below.

    1. Completely Turn Off Geotagging for Photos On iPhone

    All that is required to completely Turn Off the Geotagging feature on your iPhone or iPad is to go to prevent Location Data Access for the Camera App on your iPhone.

    1. Open Settings on your iPhone > scroll down and tap on Privacy.

    2. On the Privacy screen, tap on Location Services.

    3. On Location Services screen, scroll down and tap on Camera.

    4. On the next screen, tap on Never to completely Turn OFF Geotagging for Photos on your iPhone.

    This setting will prevent Geotags from being recorded on all photos and videos that you take using the Camera on your iPhone.

    2. Selectively Enable or Disable Geotagging For Photos on iPhone

    Instead of completely disabling Geotagging for Photos, you can make the Camera App on your iPhone to prompt you to Enable or Disable Location information on a case by case basis.

    1. Go to Settings > General > scroll down and tap on Reset.

    2. On the Reset screen, tap on Reset Location & Privacy option.

    3. If prompted, enter your Passcode in order to make this change.

    The above steps will Reset Location and Privacy Settings for all the Apps on your device.

    Now when you use the Camera on your iPhone, you will be prompted to either Enable or Disable Location information, every time you open the Camera App on your iPhone.

    Every photograph on modern devices embeds a GPS location by default that can be used to locate the person taking the video. Learn how to remove that data below.

    1. Completely Turn Off Geotagging for Photos On iPhone

    All that is required to completely Turn Off the Geotagging feature on your iPhone or iPad is to go to prevent Location Data Access for the Camera App on your iPhone.

    1. Open Settings on your iPhone > scroll down and tap on Privacy.

    2. On the Privacy screen, tap on Location Services.

    3. On Location Services screen, scroll down and tap on Camera.

    4. On the next screen, tap on Never to completely Turn OFF Geotagging for Photos on your iPhone.

    This setting will prevent Geotags from being recorded on all photos and videos that you take using the Camera on your iPhone.

    2. Selectively Enable or Disable Geotagging For Photos on iPhone

    Instead of completely disabling Geotagging for Photos, you can make the Camera App on your iPhone to prompt you to Enable or Disable Location information on a case by case basis.

    1. Go to Settings > General > scroll down and tap on Reset.

    2. On the Reset screen, tap on Reset Location & Privacy option.

    3. If prompted, enter your Passcode in order to make this change.

    The above steps will Reset Location and Privacy Settings for all the Apps on your device.

    Now when you use the Camera on your iPhone, you will be prompted to either Enable or Disable Location information, every time you open the Camera App on your iPhone.

  • HOW TO REMOVE LOCATION DATA FROM PHOTOS

    Every photograph on modern devices embeds a GPS location by default that can be used to locate the person taking the video. Learn how to remove that data below.

    1. Completely Turn Off Geotagging for Photos On iPhone

    All that is required to completely Turn Off the Geotagging feature on your iPhone or iPad is to go to prevent Location Data Access for the Camera App on your iPhone.

    1. Open Settings on your iPhone > scroll down and tap on Privacy.

    2. On the Privacy screen, tap on Location Services.

    3. On Location Services screen, scroll down and tap on Camera.

    4. On the next screen, tap on Never to completely Turn OFF Geotagging for Photos on your iPhone.

    This setting will prevent Geotags from being recorded on all photos and videos that you take using the Camera on your iPhone.

    2. Selectively Enable or Disable Geotagging For Photos on iPhone

    Instead of completely disabling Geotagging for Photos, you can make the Camera App on your iPhone to prompt you to Enable or Disable Location information on a case by case basis.

    1. Go to Settings > General > scroll down and tap on Reset.

    2. On the Reset screen, tap on Reset Location & Privacy option.

    3. If prompted, enter your Passcode in order to make this change.

    The above steps will Reset Location and Privacy Settings for all the Apps on your device.

    Now when you use the Camera on your iPhone, you will be prompted to either Enable or Disable Location information, every time you open the Camera App on your iPhone.

    The Russian Army and Intelligence Services are using heinous deception techniques to target and harm Ukrainian citizens, including civilians. Please be aware of everything listed below (AN ONGOING/IN-PROGRESS LIST).

    HUMAN SHIELDS

    Russian saboteurs in civilian clothing and vehicles have been posing as local aid attempting to evacuate civilians. Once the civilians are in the vehicle, the Russian agents utilize the civilians as human shields to protect their ground elements.

  • HOW TO REMOVE LOCATION DATA FROM PHOTOS

    Every photograph on modern devices embeds a GPS location by default that can be used to locate the person taking the video. Learn how to remove that data below.

    1. Completely Turn Off Geotagging for Photos On iPhone

    All that is required to completely Turn Off the Geotagging feature on your iPhone or iPad is to go to prevent Location Data Access for the Camera App on your iPhone.

    1. Open Settings on your iPhone > scroll down and tap on Privacy.

    2. On the Privacy screen, tap on Location Services.

    3. On Location Services screen, scroll down and tap on Camera.

    4. On the next screen, tap on Never to completely Turn OFF Geotagging for Photos on your iPhone.

    This setting will prevent Geotags from being recorded on all photos and videos that you take using the Camera on your iPhone.

    2. Selectively Enable or Disable Geotagging For Photos on iPhone

    Instead of completely disabling Geotagging for Photos, you can make the Camera App on your iPhone to prompt you to Enable or Disable Location information on a case by case basis.

    1. Go to Settings > General > scroll down and tap on Reset.

    2. On the Reset screen, tap on Reset Location & Privacy option.

    3. If prompted, enter your Passcode in order to make this change.

    The above steps will Reset Location and Privacy Settings for all the Apps on your device.

    Now when you use the Camera on your iPhone, you will be prompted to either Enable or Disable Location information, every time you open the Camera App on your iPhone.

    It has been noted that mobile phones can detect the infrared beacons that Russian troops use to mark targets and navigate terrain. We will be providing additional information on how reliable this detection technique is and what models of phones can perform it, but we wish to distribute this information in the hopes that it can help.