On February 27, DocGo President Anthony Capone made a LinkedIn post about a past foreign journey in eastern Europe and his personal opposition to the conflict. It was part of his offer to cover all travel and equipment costs of those who are prepared to volunteer but lack the financial means.
DocGo president’s request to fight “side-by-side”
DocGo, a software-enabled medical transport startup that was formerly known as Ambulnz, clarified that Capone’s comments on Ukraine are personal statements and not expressed on behalf of DocGo.
According to The Verge, earlier that day, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky issued a call-to-arms, urging foreigners to join Ukraine’s new “international legion” of foreign soldiers and fight “side-by-side” with Ukrainians against the Russian war criminals.
Volunteers are not paid, and Capone is very cautious not to take active-duty military into consideration. In spite of Capone’s claim that he has accepted 400 candidates, the international legion still has a long list of applicants. Ukrainian Democracy, a recently founded organization with personnel in Poland and the United States, is in charge of organizing volunteers and further funding.
As per the report, some have gone even further, attempting to join the war on the Ukrainian side by going to the conflict zone. In the past week, the Military Times has reported that Ukrainian soldiers have already received hundreds of volunteers to fight alongside them.
3,000 applications were received by the Ukrainian embassy in Washington, DC, according to the Times. There are many veterans among the candidates, but there are also young adults and teenagers who do not appear to have been in the military before.
Google’s support for Ukraine
Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) has been working to ensure the safety and security of its users in Ukraine and the surrounding region. TAG has seen activity from a number of recognized threat actors, including FancyBear and Ghostwriter. Recently, Google released more information about these vulnerabilities to help educate the security community and high-risk consumers.
According to Google’s statement, as part of its increasing commitment in Poland, Google announced that local NGOs will be able to give legal and psychological support to refugees at the Google for Startups Campus in Warsaw. They’ve already pledged $10 million to local charities assisting refugees in Poland, and similar commitments in Slovakia, Romania, and Hungary.
Millions of people in Ukraine have been dependent on airstrike notifications for their own protection. For Android phones in Ukraine, Google has begun distributing an air-raid alert system that is fast and easy to use. This is a supplement to the Ukrainian government’s current air-raid warning system and is based on the government’s current notifications.
As per Google, the company has now halted most of its commercial activities in the country, including global ads on properties and networks for all Russian advertisers, new Cloud signups, payments for most services, and monetization features for Russian YouTube viewers. Google confirms that free Google services including Search, Gmail, and YouTube are still available in Russia
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