The world is questioning how to help Ukraine as the devastating Russian invasion continues.
Considered Europe's largest conventional military attack since World War II, this onslaught has left countless people displaced or waiting out the violence in their homes. Both approaches, needless to say, have resulted in heartbreaking consequences.
Food, shelter, medical equipment and other necessities are in high demand now that the country has been turned upside down. From housing relief to monetary donations—the sizable Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis donation promise has been gaining traction—here are ways to help the Eastern European country during this incredibly challenging time.
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How to help Ukraine and its citizens:
1. Donate to Razom
- RazomforUkraine.org (opens in new tab)
Meaning "together" in Ukraine, Razom was formed following the Revolution of Dignity in 2014. Now, the organization is shifting its attention to ensuring that Ukrainians are receiving the medical supplies they require as Russian attacks continue.
Considered the "SOS button," Razom's Emergency Response project is "focused on purchasing medical supplies for critical situations like blood loss and other tactical medicine items."
Donations can be made via credit card, bank transfer, PayPal, cryptocurrency and check.
2. Donate to UNICEF
- Unicefusa.org (opens in new tab)
With a specific focus on children and families, UNICEF's key emergency response plans include delivering safe water to conflict-affected areas, sending health, hygiene and education supplies to those in need and supporting mobile child protection teams.
Donations are accepted via credit card, bank transfer, Google Pay and PayPal.
3. Spread news effectively
Not all assistance comes in the form of a donation. Social media can be a powerful tool for staying up-to-date with the latest happenings and spreading awareness about ways in which to help refugees. Use the hashtag #StandForUkraine on the platform of your choice to share article links, charity initiatives and more.
Warning: do note that there is false information circulating news feeds. Always check your sources and read the fine print thoroughly before disclosing private information, like credit card numbers and PayPal account details.
4. Stand with Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher
- Gofundme.com/f/stand-with-ukraine (opens in new tab)
In attempts to raise $30 million for her native Ukraine, actress Mila Kunis and her husband Ashton Kutcher will match up to $3 million worth of donations to Airbnb.org and Flexport.org through GoFundMe.org.
These organizations will directly supply humanitarian aid to those in need and support the cost of living for those who have taken in refugees.
5. Support crisis hotlines
During such an unthinkable time, affected individuals need an outlet where they can express their concerns and fears. Support organizations that offer crisis hotlines to those in need. The Obama Foundation recommends Polish Migration Forum (opens in new tab) and the Cordelia Foundation (opens in new tab).
6. Praise women's efforts
- Urgentactionfund.org (opens in new tab)
Celebrate Women's History Month by applauding the efforts of women who are taking a stand in Ukraine.
According to the Obama Foundation, The Urgent Action Fund—"feminist movements on the frontlines"—is currently supporting women, transgender and nonbinary activists who have remained in the Ukraine area. They're in need of funding, communication access and medical attention.
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