This whole Russian invasion of Ukraine has been so upsetting to me. I understand the reasons Western nations are hesitant to send troops to Ukraine to help them out. This isn't like when Iraq invaded Kuwait, for example. When one is dealing with a hostile nation that has nuclear weapons, things get a little more dicey.
Still, Ukraine, for all its problems and challenges, could definitely use some assistance right now. For a nation like Russia to just invade and attempt to take over a sovereign nation that committed no act of aggression against Russia is just dreadful. And Vladimir Putin is not a good man. What he is doing is wrong and dangerous to the world as a whole. He must be stopped.
I fully admit I don't know all the geopolitical machinations and nuances involved in Russia's decision to attack Ukraine, but I do know Vladimir Putin is an arrogant, power-hungry, and dangerous individual and allowing him to do so unfettered would have terrible consequences.
I am happy so many nations are trying to squeeze Russia where it really hurts—financially—although that, of course, will also have unintended negative consequences on many of its innocent civilians as well.
I am also glad to see the people of Ukraine are putting up such a good fight. But there has been much death and devastation to Ukraine's infrastructure and, sadly, many citizens have lost their homes, jobs, and well-being. Many are refugees now. And Ukraine still needs to defend itself. If you are interested in helping the people of Ukraine, consider donating to organizations that are focused on the well being its people. Here are a few to consider: Razom - Emergency Response is the SOS button that is pressed in times of need. We created this project to provide urgent help and support in face of an extreme and unforeseen situation in Ukraine. Today, the sovereign nation of Ukraine has to deal with the most horrendous and catastrophic emergency – a brutal invasion. Razom is responding to this by providing critical medical supplies and amplifying the voices of Ukrainians.
Nova Ukraine - In the time of war, we are putting all our efforts into humanitarian help. Nova Ukraine has an established and proven network of partners on the ground in Ukraine we trust. We are ready to face this extraordinary challenge together. With your help, we will provide humanitarian aid to ordinary people and families with children affected by war in Ukraine.
Come Back Alive - Our Foundation stands with the Ukrainian Armed Forces by funding purely defensive initiatives. Since 2014, we have supplied nearly 1,000 thermal scopes and over 250 reconnaissance drones. Along with this material support, we’ve supported technological advancements with 1,500 tablets containing «Armor» artillery calculation software. Come Back Alive also conducts training to give our troops broader skill sets. Since 2015, we’ve introduced courses for medical care workers, artillerymen, snipers, sappers, and defense analysts. After arriving home from the front line of defense, our troops receive support with sports rehabilitation and the development of veteran-run businesses. Our organization does not use funds to buy weaponry. Our mission is purely to supply technology, training, and ammunition to help save the lives of Ukrainians and help our soldiers defend Ukraine.
ICRC - As the security situation allows, the ICRC is responding to urgent humanitarian needs and must be able to continue their life saving work. ICRC water engineers and doctors aim to help more than 3 million people access clean water and improve the living conditions of more than 66,000 whose homes have been damaged by heavy fighting.
The International Committee of the Red Cross - together with its partners in the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – remains active in Ukraine, saving and protecting the lives of victims of armed conflict and violence. Our neutral and impartial humanitarian action supports the most vulnerable people: humanitarian needs are enormous, but together we can address them. Your donation will make a huge difference to families in need right now.
National Bank of Ukraine - Money transferred to this account will be used by the Ministry of Social Policy:
to provide food and shelter for refugees and citizens that have been displaced due to military conflict
to provide clothing, shoes, and medicine for them
to buy staple goods for the population
to pay out one-off financial aid and to meet other essential needs of the population.
Help if you can. You can make a difference in the lives of the Ukrainians as well as protect this world from an autocratic despot.