About a week ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin embarked on his invasion campaign to bombard, overtake and control neighbouring Ukraine. Aiming to strategically seize the country through bombing assaults that focused on the capital city (Kyiv); the Russians, assuming it would be a quick and easy offensive unexpectedly encountered bold, courageous and resilient resistance from the Ukrainian people.
With Kyiv holding against being captured by the Russians (for now), the focus of Putin’s onslaught has turned to other Ukrainian population centres; resulting in mass civilian displacement. As the numbers of casualties rise and supplies/safety becomes increasingly scarce, the people of Ukraine require our support.
It can be overwhelming to see/hear things play out in real-time on the news or social media; digesting a constant stream of information and updates can make an ongoing and evolving crisis seem insurmountable. However, there is much we can do to provide assistance and solidarity that will make a difference.
Here are some key ways you can help Ukraine …
Share Reliable Information
Disinformation is a tactic used to deliberately sow mistrust, push disturbing ideologies and/or cause panic. Sharing misleading or manufactured information is all too easy to do; make sure sources are verifiable and trustworthy, such as:
- The Kyiv Independent; English-language journalism based in Ukraine
- The New Voice of Ukraine; breaking news and analysis
- BBC News; world renowned, up-to-the-minute breaking news and in-depth journalism
Donate To Key Organizations
United Help Ukraine; providing food, medical supplies and humanitarian aid to those displaced by Russia’s invasion
Revived Soldiers Ukraine; medical and sustainable living support for soldiers and their families
Voices of Children; a Ukrainian charity focused on helping children in the east of the country recover from the psychological impacts of war
World Central Kitchen; the incomparable Chef José Andres is feeding refugees who have reached the Polish border
Support Marginalized People
While everyone is at risk during this conflict; it is suspected that Russian authorities will target LGBTQ+ advocates, journalists and members of religious and/or ethnic minority groups in Ukraine. The following organizations and initiatives need urgent donations:
- Fight for Right; protecting the rights of people with disabilities
- Chuffed; helping Roma access humanitarian aid
- Project Kesher; independent Jewish community meeting the needs of women and girls, including those who need to relocate
Push For Political Action
Taking part in a protest represents a vocal and visual way to show the people of Ukraine that you support them; it also lets government leaders know that condemning Russia’s actions remains a priority. If you’re interested in attending a demonstration/rally in your country, you might be able to find one here (or research them on social media).
You can also contact your political representative/s to make sure they are supporting:
- ongoing financial and humanitarian aid to Ukraine as the crisis develops
- increased/revised sanctions
- safe passage for refugees, including improving visa/entry requirements
Advocating for an end to violence and Russian aggression can assume many forms; pressure is being applied from governments, organizations and brands around the world. We can add our voices to this rising tide; it’s a matter for all of us to care about.
Do you have any other ways you’re showing support for Ukraine? What’s happening in your local area?