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How to help the people of Ukraine from India
If you'd like to assist, here's a verified list of organisations accepting donations and other ways you can provide support.
As the Russian military invasion of Ukraine unfolds, so does the need for humanitarian support for the Ukrainian people and their loved ones. There are several ways you can help, even from afar. Here’s a list of organisations in need of donations, plus other non-financial ways you can support Ukraine right now.
Verified organisations accepting donations for Ukraine
There are several organisations accepting monetary donations to aid Ukraine right now. Unfortunately, times like this also bring about scams — so verify all sources before sending a contribution. Below is a list of vetted non-profit organisations looking for help.
- GlobalGiving is a locally led relief hub supporting a wide range of efforts in Ukraine.
- International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) assists those in war-torn areas and enables medical professionals and engineers to improve living conditions for Ukraine residents.
- People in Need provides humanitarian aid such as food packages, emergency shelter, safe access to drinking water, hygiene items and heat.
- Save the Children is dedicated to supporting children in hard-to-reach war-torn areas of Ukraine.
- International Relief Committee provides life-saving support to refugees forced to flee their homes.
- Ukrainian Red Cross assists people caught in armed conflict.
- Direct Relief provides support and supplies to hospitals, ambulance stations and medical centers.
- UNICEF provides aid to vulnerable children in Ukraine, providing them with shelter, ready-to-use therapeutic food and other forms of humanitarian support.
Donations made in cryptocurrencies
Of the charities we’ve vetted, only one openly supports cryptocurrency donations: Come Back Alive — a Ukrainian NGO originally launched to help soldiers in the war in Donbas. Come Back Alive accepts donations in Bitcoin.
Bitcoin address: bc1qkd5az2ml7dk5j5h672yhxmhmxe9tuf97j39fm6
Verify the address after copying it on both Come Back Alive’s website and blockchain.com before sending:
/btc/address/ bc1qkd5az2ml7dk5j5h672yh xmhmxe9tuf97j39fm6
How can I help if I can’t contribute financially?
If you’re unable to donate money at this time, there are still steps you can take to help the situation in Ukraine.
- Donate your time and help organise fundraisers through local non-profit organisations.
- Encourage your employer to offer mental health services and other support to staff, especially those of Ukrainian descent or with loved ones in the area.
- Don’t spread misinformation online. Verify all news sources before sharing on social media.
Remember that Russia’s military actions don’t necessarily reflect all of its people’s beliefs. Avoid using harmful rhetoric that stereotypes Russians as a group.
Stay informed with trustworthy news sources
Misinformation can be rampant in situations like this. Be sure to access reliable news sources for information regarding the events in Ukraine. Keep in mind these news sources have been under attack from hackers since the invasion began and may go offline, or become unreliable at any point.
- The Kyiv Independent. As Ukraine’s biggest English-language media outlet, the Kyiv Independent is on the ground and at the front lines to cover the ongoing events of the invasion.
- The New Voice of Ukraine. Available in English, Ukrainian and Russian, the New Voice of Ukraine covers breaking news and releases informative analyses on the situation.
- Ukraine World. Ukraine World is a team of independent journalists on the front lines gathering first-hand footage, primarily published on its dedicated social media accounts.
- Kyiv Post. A mainstream media outlet affiliated with the state, this source is at the forefront of delivering breaking news directly from government and national offices, releasing statements from ministry officials, military leads and other dignitaries.
Follow verified accounts on social media
If you prefer to access your news from social media, here’s a list of reliable accounts reporting out of Ukraine. Like news sources, many of these social media accounts are also under attack from hackers. Remain vigilant while accessing any information online.
- Stand With Ukraine shares knowledge wrap-ups based on the ongoing situation and ways followers can support Ukrainian citizens. Instagram: @withukraine.
- Svidomi offers updates on the ongoing conflict from the English version of a Ukrainian social media-based outlet as it shares brief but frequent posts from the front lines. Instagram: @svidomi_eng. Twitter: @Svidomi_en.
- Ukrainians in Solidarity provides information on how followers can support Ukrainian citizens. Instagram: @ukrainiansinsolidarity.
What actions is the Indian government taking?
The Indian government has expressed its regret and mentioned that the situation in Ukraine is in danger of spiralling into a major crisis. As pointed out by India’s Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla at a media briefing, loss of human lives is not acceptable, and diplomacy and dialogue are the only option.
India’s main concern is the safety and security of its 20,000 Indian students and nationals located in different parts of Ukraine, including in its Ukraine-Russia border areas. Many Indian students are enrolled in the medical colleges of Ukraine.
The Indian government has issued a number of advisories including the latest one which has asked the Indian students and nationals to leave the country for the time being. The Indian Embassy in Ukraine is facilitating the return of all Indian nationals at earliest available flights while monitoring the evolving situation closely.
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