On Thursday, Russian troops launched a full-scale invasion on Ukraine. This is the first major war in Europe in decades. Russia began artillery strikes on airports and military installations all over Ukraine before sunrise on Thursday, The New York Times reported. By the afternoon, Russian troops and tanks had entered the country on three fronts. Ukraine also lost control of the decommissioned Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the scene of the world’s worst nuclear disaster.
In a televised address after the initial attacks, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky declared that the country is now under martial law. (Martial law is the temporary substitution of military authority for civilian rule, according to the U.S Department of Justice.)
These attacks have sent people fleeing for safety. "137 Ukrainians have been killed and 316 wounded after the first day of fighting," Zelensky announced in a press conference. Zelensky emphasized that Russian forces were attacking civilian areas as well as military sites.
Organizations around the world are on the ground in Ukraine and neighboring countries to help those in need with shelter, food, water, and additional aid. And there are ways that you can help the citizens of Ukraine right now.
As journalist Jane Lytvynenko pointed out on Twitter, Ukrainians have put together a list of organizations where foreigners can donate.
"⚡️Important resource ⚡️" Lytvynenko tweeted. "Ukrainians put together a list of resources on how foreigners can help. There are all reputable organizations doing good work. Spread far and wide:"
If you're looking to support the people of Ukraine and aid the country's refugees, here's what you can do to help:
Donate to medical supply charities
Revived Soldiers Ukraine is a non-profit that distributes medical supplies to hospitals in need and assists injured soldiers who need medical help and rehabilitation.
Razom for Ukraine will use donations to fund medical aid for the people of Ukraine, including the purchase of first aid kits, backpacks filled with medical supplies, and medical rehabilitation for injured soldiers.
United Help Ukraine is providing first aid kits and other emergency medical supplies to the front lines. They are also preparing to help civilians that need medical support.
Sunflower of Peace is fundraising for medical supplies for doctors and paramedics on the front lines. They claim that one supply-filled backpack can save up to ten lives.
Support children in war-torn regions
Voices of Children provides psychological and psychosocial support to children affected by the war in Eastern Ukraine. They use art therapy, video storytelling, and individual guidance to help children heal from trauma.