How to Help the Ukrainian People

I'm overwhelmed by the number of people asking how they can support Ukrainians through this unprovoked war. Here's some things you can do.

Stay Informed

Propaganda is a powerful thing, but so is apathy. I know there are other things going on (Covid, anyone?) but the situation in Kyiv, Kharkiv, and other Ukrainian cities is evolving every minute.

When consuming news, ask yourself:

  1. Is this verified?

  2. Is this worth sharing?

  3. Am I listening to Ukrainian voices, not just foreign opinions?

Some good Twitter accounts include @iaponomarenko, @laptina_, @archer83able, @jacklaurenson, @ralee85, and @capt_navy. They have a good track record of fast, reliable info.

Be Mindful

A few things to remember:

  1. It's Kyiv, not Kiev.

  2. It's Ukraine, not The Ukraine

  3. Many Ukrainians speak Russian as their first language. That doesn't mean they're pro-Putin.

  4. Calling Ukrainian refugees "civilised" isn't a compliment. Syrian, Afghani, and other refugees are people, too, and deserve more attention than they get. This shouldn't have to be said.

  5. There's a massive Ukrainian diaspora. Being out of the country, physically safe, doesn't mean they're not also suffering. Many people (myself included) still have family and friends who are in bomb shelters.

Please Donate

If you have the resources to help out financially, you can trust the organizations below to use your donation wisely.

1. The Ukrainian Army

2. SaveLife

3. St. Javelin

4. Red Cross

5. Nova Ukraine

And Finally...

Remember, even after all this is over, how absolutely amazing the Ukrainian people are. A guy moved a mine while smoking a cigarette. A babushka confronted a soldier. Farmers are towing away tanks. Everyday people are making molotov cocktails. Their president is refusing to be evacuated, and soldiers are making some pretty inspiring stands.

They are resilient. They've made it through world wars, genocide, and political oppression. And they deserve freedom, security, and peace.

Glory to Ukraine.

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