Ukrainian military expert and blogger, former Ukrainian military officer, co-founder and main coordinator of the Information Resistance blog. Group Information Resistance turned to be probably the only organization which was promptly informing the public about the course of events in the Crimea and Eastern Ukraine. from March till May 2014.
Ukrainian military expert and blogger, former Ukrainian military officer, co-founder and main coordinator of the Information Resistance blog. Tymchuk was born 27 June 1972 in Chita, Russian part of Soviet Union. Dmytro Tymchuk grew up in a family of tankman, in the seventh form learned how to drive a tank. He believed that this is his mission. From 1978 to 1983, he lived in the German Democratic Republic due to his father's service in the Soviet Army and then moved to Berdychiv, Ukrainian SSR, where he spent the rest of his youth.
In 1995, Tymchuk graduated from the Faculty of Journalism of the Lviv Higher Military-Political School. Dmytro served in the Ukrainian army from 1995 to 1997 and then worked at the headquarters of the National Guard of Ukraine until 2000. From 2000 to 2012, he worked in various divisions of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. He served in Iraq, Kosovo, and Lebanon. His highest military rank is Lieutenant colonel. In 2014 Tymchuk was elected to the Ukrainian parliament for People's Front.
Since March 2, 2014, Dmytro Tymchuk became the coordinator of the Information Resistance Group, whose task was receiving, processing (checking), and sharing of information regarding the Russian invasion in Ukraine. The main goal is to counter Russian propaganda the facts and create a real picture of the events in the information space.
From the very beginning, the IR was based on personal contacts of three coordinators - retirees. They communicated with officers in military units, media center staff of the Ministry of Defense, intelligence officers, border guards. One of the main principles that was introduced used to be anonymity and secrecy. There is still not clear how many people are working on IR: coordinators communicate with their trusted sources, but are not aware of their contacts.
Newcomers are not allowed to join the group coordinators work only with those whom they know personally. To avoid misinformation, IR built in a information verification system: information is shared only if it is supported by three independent sources.
Receives and checks the current information from sources in the Ukrainian governmental units
Collects information on terrorist groups, information about corruption in law enforcement agencies, following the procurement of ammunition
Analyzes the external threats to Ukraine, including the Russian Federation
Is analyzing the economic consequences of war for Russia and Ukraine
Obtains information from sources in diplomatic circles, including Brussels, where the headquarters of the European Union is situated
Analyze information received from the so-called emissaries in the combat zone
* Another section - Charlie used to bring together local agents in the Crimea (civil only). After Russian FSB started to operate powerfully in the peninsula as of mid-March 2014, this section was closed, not to expose people to danger.