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17 ways you can help the people of Ukraine right now

From humanitarian aid for civilians to medical support on the front lines, here’s how to do your bit as Russia invades

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham

After formally recognising two separatist republics in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region last week, Russia is now in the midst of a far-ranging military assault on Ukraine. The situation is obviously pretty nuanced and complicated, but one thing’s clear: Ukraine and its people face immense danger, and almost certainly need all the help they can get.

No doubt plenty of you are looking to find ways to do your bit right now. And while, of course, very few of us have the power to get involved with the really big, impactful stuff like enforcing sanctions or freezing Russia’s foreign assets, there are still some pretty easy things you can do. Here are a few places where you can donate and make a difference.

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The Ukrainian Red Cross, which does loads of humanitarian stuff, from aiding refugees to training doctors. Donate here

The British Red Cross, which has launched an appeal to raise funds for food, medical supplies, shelter and water. Donate here.

Revived Soldiers Ukraine
, which funds medication and medical supplies for army hospitals on the front line. Donate here.

Nova Ukraine, a Ukraine-based non-profit that provides civilians with everything from baby food and hygiene products to clothes and household supplies. Donate here.

Sunflower for Peace, which provides first-aid backpacks to doctors and paramedics on the front line. Donate here.

Voices of Children, a charity that focuses on helping children recover from the psychological trauma of war. More info here.

Doctors Without Borders, whose base in Ukraine provides treatments for a range of regional diseases and medical problems. More info here.

The Kyiv Independent, a Ukraine-based English-language newspaper. Not to toot our own horn, but journalism can be pretty damn important. Help keep accurate news reports coming by donating to The Kyiv Independent’s Patreon and GoFundMe pages.  

Project HOPE, a humanitarian organisation that provides medical supplies and assistance to refugees both in Ukraine and once they’ve fled to surrounding countries. Donate here

International Medical Corps, whose teams are already on the ground in Ukraine delivering medical and mental health care. Donate here.

CARE, an international aid organisation aiming to provide food, water, hygiene kits, social services and more to Ukrainians in need. Donate here.

UNICEF, a global charity focused on the welfare of children, providing water, nutrition, healthcare and education. Donate here.

UNHCR, a UN organisation focusing on helping Ukrainian refugees both in Ukraine and in Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. Donate here.

Save the Children, an international charity providing children with food, water and safety. Donate here.

Choose Love, a non-profit that doesn’t just provide medical care, food, clothing, shelter and legal aid, but also helps support Ukraine’s LGBTQ+ community. Donate here

Specifically help BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and disabled Ukrainian refugees, all of whom currently face substantial additional difficulties. This Linktree page provides a range of links and resources., which is looking for a different kind of donation. The charitable arm of Airbnb has pledged to temporarily house 100,000 people fleeing the conflict, and it’s looking for people to volunteer their homes. Find out more and get involved here

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