Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has shocked millions around the world. Devastating images have shown thousands taking shelter amid airstrikes in Kyiv, while others have been fleeing to neighbouring countries such as Poland and Moldova. The United Nations estimates there could be up to 4.5 million refugees leaving Ukraine if the conflict continues to escalate, with millions of children among those affected.
From donating to charities to amplifying the voices of those on the ground, below are five things you can do to help those affected by the horrifying situation unfolding in Ukraine.
Donate to charity
The Ukrainian Red Cross Society (URCS) and International Committee Of The Red Cross (ICRC) are working on the ground to provide those who are being displaced by the war in Ukraine with food, water, medical supplies and shelter. You can donate directly to both organisations or via the British Red Cross’s Ukraine Crisis Appeal.
The UN Refugee Agency has launched an appeal to support those who are fleeing their homes in Ukraine and those whose homes have been damaged in the war. The agency is providing emergency shelter, relief items and emergency payments, as well as access to social services and psychological support for those in need.
Save The Children has launched an emergency appeal to help distribute essential aid to children and their families, deliver winter and hygiene kits, as well as giving cash grants to help families meet basic needs. It will also offer psychological support for children impacted by the war in Ukraine.
UNICEF has been working in Ukraine since conflict broke out in the east of the country eight years ago. The charity is providing families with access to clean water and nutritious food, and helping to ensure child health and protection services continue amid the on-going crisis.
CARE has launched an emergency appeal to help provide food, water, hygiene kits, cash and support to those affected by the war in Ukraine via its partner People In Need, which is already working on the ground in the country.
Choose Love has set up a Ukraine Crisis Fundraiser to help provide emergency medical care, food, shelter, clothes, support for the LGBTQ+ community and mental health support, as well as legal support to those in Ukraine and those fleeing the country.
Amplify the voices of those in Ukraine
Amplifying the voices of those on the ground in Ukraine, including their appeals for support on social media, can help raise awareness of what’s happening in the country. Many Ukrainians within the fashion industry have been posting about the conflict, including Svitlana Bevza, founder and creative director of Bevza, designer Vita Kin and Olya Kuryshchuk, founder of 1Granary.
Join a protest
A series of protests have been taking place all around the world, calling for peace in Ukraine. British-Ukrainian Aid has been sharing details of demonstrations taking place in London for those who wish to join, while the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign has been posting about protests taking place around the UK.
There are a number of petitions you can sign to help those in Ukraine, including a Change.org petition calling for the UK government to provide more help for refugees who are fleeing the country. A parliamentary petition is calling for the UK government to fast track asylum seekers who have been displaced due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Write to your local MP
You can also write to your local MP to express your concerns about the situation in Ukraine and to call for the government to do more to help.
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