There are 44 million Ukrainians, and throughout, their voices have gone unheard. I tried the first fund listed here, People in Need, but couldn’t make it past the form. I’ve never owned any euros; have your PayPal info ready.
Your first stop, a directory for information and funds, including some listed below.
“For those most in need, who have often lost everything due to the fighting, we are providing food, water, hygiene items and coal for heating in winter. Our work also focuses on repairing damaged houses or water pipes. We also provide psycho-social support and counselling to those who are afraid of further conflict, of the future or fear for their lives. In areas where there is no fighting, we help people to get back on their feet and return to a normal life. For example, we provide grants to local people to start small businesses, or the People in Need team works with local farmers to increase their agricultural production.”
“Sunflower of Peace has officially started a fundraiser to prepare first aid medical tactical backpacks for paramedics and doctors on the front lines. In 2014-2016 those backpacks helped paramedics and doctors on the front lines save hundred and hundred of lives. Those were the bags they didn’t leave out of their sight as they had everything to preserve a person’s life and get them to proper medical care alive. It meant the world to them then and it will mean the world to them now. Each backpack has the ability to save up to 10 lives: Ukrainian soldiers, civilians, volunteers, and children. These backpacks are designed for a second level of medical care in terms of combat action, according to the standards of tactical medicine (Tactical Combat Casualty Care), namely the level of paramedics, arrow-sanitary department.”
“[We] help those at the front lines protecting Ukraine from the Russian invasion, also the families of wounded and fallen Heroes, as well as people who had to leave their homes and are in need of temporary aid.”
“Razom creates spaces where people meet, partner and work together to unlock the potential of Ukraine. We maintain a relentless focus on the needs on the ground in Ukraine to increase civic engagement and on opportunities to amplify voices from Ukraine in conversations in the United States.”
“A non-profit organization dedicated to providing aid to the people of Ukraine so that they may fulfill fundamental rights. Revived Soldiers Ukraine programs are mostly focused on medical rehabilitation as the reflection of the most urgent needs.”
UCMC press center is the only press center in Ukraine provides full-circle support of press events – briefings, conferences, presentations, round table and panel discussions – gaining no commercial advantage and working for the public good.
Thanks to you, we provide psychological and psychosocial support to children. It helps them overcome the consequences of armed conflict and develop.
“The forefront of the Russian-Ukrainian war is not just the front. It is where the war for Ukraine is going on. In hospitals, warehouses, landfills, in the media, in offices. We supply and repair equipment, train the military and officers, help change the Armed Forces, talk about the war firsthand, and curb the flow of propaganda and disinformation. For the seventh year in a row, the fund provides the Ukrainian army with the most important thing – a tactical advantage.”
Stop asking what Putin wants and start asking what Ukrainians want
“[Ukrainians] have been living with war for eight years and have seen around 14,000 countrymen lose their lives. Ukrainians across the country have welcomed more than a million people into their communities who have been uprooted by Putin’s war, integrating them into what is a sometimes chaotic but fundamentally free and tolerant society.
Russian aggression is a long-term phenomenon. The current crisis is not about NATO expansion, as Ukraine’s membership of the alliance is not on the agenda and NATO activity in Ukraine remains extremely limited. In reality, the NATO issue is a smokescreen designed by the Kremlin to bring the US to the negotiating table and hopefully to induce Washington to accept Russian control over Ukraine. It is an attempt to legitimize Putin’s dream of recreating the Russian Empire.”
How to think about war in Ukraine
“When Russia invaded Ukraine the last time, it demonstrated an astonishing ability to win the headlines. Russian forces were less capable of moving the front lines. The Crimean Peninsula, where Russia already had naval bases, was quickly occupied by regular Russian forces without insignia. Elsewhere, relying on local and Russian irregulars and on units of the Russian army sent from far afield, Moscow managed to control much less territory than it expected. The war was cruel with extensive shelling from the Russian side of the border, and the use of Russian anti-aircraft to bring down Ukrainian transport planes (not to mention a civilian airliner, MH17). But the basic Russian strategy of simulating rebellions against the Ukrainian government failed in most places it was tried. Russia now occupies parts of two southeastern Ukrainian districts, Luhans’k and Donets’k under the cover of fake “republics.”
This time the forces engaged would be more numerous and better trained. The Russian army is in better shape now than it was in 2014. On the other hand, so is the Ukrainian army. In 2014 Ukraine was in the midst of a revolution, and singularly incapable of defending itself. It is not now in any position to match Russia, but it would be capable of inflicting much greater damage than eight years ago. There is not at present a patriotic euphoria in Russia about invading Ukraine again. Although Russian leaders like to vaunt their toughness, they are almost as sensitive to casualties as American leaders might be. In 2014, the courageous Russian reporters who wrote about Russians killed in action were all silenced. Russian civil society is under stricter control now than in 2014, and it would be a brave and skillful Russian reporter who managed to report on this war. But it will still likely be hard to suppress news of Russian casualties.”
List of Organizations (Google Doc)
“Most organizations on the list are small, have high local impact, and would not receive much funding if it wasn’t for the individual donations. Donations to some of the organizations will help volunteers purchase necessities for the army (as noted in the comments). While it is an essential part of the conflict, we understand if you would like to focus your efforts on humanitarian support of other kinds and provide suitable suggestions.”
Who to Follow
Human Rights. History & Politics of Ukraine, Russia, Eastern Europe.
Australian photojournalist and documentary filmmaker. Covered Ukraine since 2015.
Director at New Europe Center, Kyiv based think tank on foreign policy&security, co-founder and director of Institute World Policy (2009-2017)