About 8 years ago, the Russian army had occupied Crimea and Donbas, immersing Ukraine in a state of war. But Putin never admitted his soldiers were involved. Until the 24th of February, 2022. That day a week ago, almost immediately after Putin announced war against Ukraine, the first bombardments in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa, and Donbas began.
In Ukraine and even across Europe, we have entered unprecedented times. Who could have imagined that a full-scale war involving massive bombardments and shellings of towns with millions of residents would take place in the 21st century?
We are writing this article on 3rd March, the 8th day of Ukraine’s resistance. Even now, the Russian army is bombarding our cities and villages, shelling our schools, universities, and hospitals, and killing hundreds of people, including children. Still, Ukrainians do everything in their power and even more to get the Russian occupiers out of their lands.
- What About Edvantis?
- 1. Donate Money for Humanitarian or Military Relief
- 2. Read and Share Only Credible Information About Ukraine
- 3. Protest Peacefully to Demand Additional Help From Your Authorities
- 4. Ban Russian Business or Urge Other Brands To Do So
- 5. Support Ukrainian Businesses
- 6. Help Refugees in Your Country
What About Edvantis?
Currently, the safety of our employees is our highest priority at Edvantis. The majority of our employees live in the west of Ukraine, where the situation is relatively safe compared to other parts. Most of the employees who lived in areas where regular and large-scale shillings and bombardments were occurring have relocated to the west of Ukraine or abroad.
Edvantis keeps on working with our clients and continues to operate. It is important to us that all clients express support and understanding. We value our partnerships greatly.
But still, the war continues, so we, as a company, and each employee contribute to defeating enemy forces in the following ways:
- volunteer work
- dissemination of credible information
- purchase of humanitarian and military goods
- creation of content
- donations, etc.
We know: many foreigners are also wondering how they can help. So we prepared six ways you can assist Ukraine at this challenging time. Our resistance will be even stronger with your support.
Here are some ways you can help.
1. Donate Money for Humanitarian or Military Relief
Ukrainian state and charity accounts are now open for foreigners to make donations. All of the organizations we are going to talk about are credible. In our article, we have included reliable links. If you search for these charities and organizations yourself, please, double-check all websites, links, and account information. Russia’s war against Ukraine is hybrid, so there are many phishing sites and resources designed to mislead donors.
Ukraine-Based Charity Organizations
National Bank of Ukraine
On the 24th of February, 2022, the National Bank of Ukraine opened fundraising accounts to help Ukrainians resist war. People from the whole world can send money to those accounts to support the army and people who suffer from war consequences.
These accounts accept multiple currencies. They have been established and opened to receive transfers from international partners and donors in both foreign currency (U.S. dollars, euros, UK pounds) and hryvnias.
- National Bank of Ukraine account to raise money for the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
- National Bank of Ukraine account to raise money for Humanitarian Assistance of Ukrainians.
NGO Come Back Alive
Come Back Alive NGO has been operating since the beginning of the war in 2014. It is the largest fund in Ukraine that raises money for the army. The fund supplies and repairs equipment, arranges training for the military people and officers, and helps modernize the Armed Forces of Ukraine. They also provide first-hand credible information about the Russian war against Ukraine in Ukrainian.
Donate from abroad via this link.
Due to the speed and efficiency of cryptocurrency purchases, Come Back Alive NGO emphasizes the importance of donating cryptocurrency. Here are their wallets:
- Bitcoin – bc1qkd5az2ml7dk5j5h672yhxmhmxe9tuf97j39fm6
- Ethereum (eth, usdt, usdc) 0xa1b1bbB8070Df2450810b8eB2425D543cfCeF79b
- trc20 (tether) TX9aNri16bSxVYi6oMnKDj5RMKAMBXWzon
Sergiy Prytula’s foundations
Sergiy Prytula is a Ukrainian TV presenter and public figure. Since the beginning of the Russian-Ukrainian war in 2014, he has been actively volunteering to provide military aid to Ukrainian Armed Forces and humanitarian and financial assistance to children with cancer.
There are two Prytula’s funds that you can support right now:
- Sergiy Prytula Charity Foundation: you can help by finding and purchasing the items listed in the foundation’s itinerary, delivering them to one of their collection points (Lviv, Ukraine, or Przemysl, Poland), or helping them distribute the items within Ukrainian territory. Or you can provide financial aid to one of the charity’s accounts.
- Hell rides: Ukrainian military units urgently need vehicles (SUVs, pickup trucks, ATVs). You can help reduce the need by donating money or contributing the required vehicle yourself.
Army SOS Group is working to strengthen the combat capability of Ukraine’s Army by providing help to Ukrainian Armed Forces, National Guard, and volunteer battalions. Primarily, the fund focuses on providing direct assistance to fighters who are at the very front line.
They need help finding, purchasing, and delivering the required high-priority items to Poland-Ukraine borders. Also, donations to their funds are more than welcome!
Hospitallers is a volunteer paramedic organization, founded by Yana Zinkevych in 2014. They help the wounded on the battlefield, evacuate the wounded to the hospitals, help in the rehabilitation process, and transfer the deceased to the burial site in Ukraine. Their current focus is on supplying medicines that are in shortage.
You can help Hospitallers either with money transfers or by sending the required medical equipment and medicines to them. All the information about the organization’s accounts and their high priority needs – via this link.
Voices of Children
The Voices of Children has been helping war-affected children since 2015 – one year after the war began between Russia and Ukraine. The foundation strives to ensure psychological support to children and help them overcome the trauma and consequences of war. In the face of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the charity provides non-stop emergency psychological help to families and children and assists in evacuation.
You can help the Voices of Children to do their job even better by making financial contributions, becoming their partner, or volunteering (additional info available on their website).
Ukraine Crisis Media Center
The Ukraine Crisis Media Center (UCMC) seeks to protect Ukraine’s sovereignty and national interests in the global information space. UCMC has been ensuring coverage of Ukrainian events since 2014. They currently focus on providing reliable and double-checked information about the full-scale Russian aggression against Ukraine.
Help UCMC spread verified information even more efficiently by making donations to their charity fund.
Foreign charity organizations
Help Us Help
The foundation Help Us Help, based in Canada, provides medical supplies to volunteer units in Ukraine that need them urgently. The organization distributes supplies to Ukraine using established and trusted networks. Individual First Aid Kits (IFAKs) are their primary focus since Ukrainian volunteer medics caring for war victims urgently need them. Make donations and help medical workers save more lives.
As part of its humanitarian support to Ukraine, its refugees, and those still in the country, the Ukrainian Embassy in the UK has set up a central platform for donations.
The Leleka Foundation raises charitable funds for Ukraine and implements projects promoting health and social welfare. The organization is currently delivering medical supplies that are in short supply in Ukraine. First aid kits, though, are their top priority since emergency responders and frontline fighters don’t have enough of them.
2. Read and Share Only Credible Information About Ukraine
Russia uses disinformation not only against the Ukrainian people but also to influence world opinion. Their bots, troll farms, and fakes were even more active during this hybrid war than usual. This means you should always double-check anything you read.
Foreign media may cover only the main points without going into any details or may not cover everything as fast as the information appears in Ukraine.
For credible first-hand information about Ukraine, please visit the official websites of Ukrainian authorities, or check with a reliable news source. Examples of credible sources in English or with English translations include:
- Official Twitter page of Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the President of Ukraine
- Official Facebook page of Valerii Zaluzhnyi, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
- Official Facebook page of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
- Official Facebook page of Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence
- Official Telegram channel of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Ukraine’s Parliament)
- Twitter of Suspline News, the national public broadcaster in Ukraine
- Instagram and Twitter accounts of independent media Svidomi
- Militarnyi (Twitter account and website)
- The Kyiv Independent
- Ukrayinska Pravda
- Ukrainian Toronto Television
You spreading information from these sources could help more people understand what is actually happening in Ukraine from point of view of our citizens.
3. Protest Peacefully to Demand Additional Help From Your Authorities
We have already greatly benefited from the assistance your countries have already provided us in resisting Russian aggression. Military and financial aid help Ukraine become stronger, increasing its resistance to Russian aggression. The sanctions affect the economy of Russia, making it harder and harder to allocate funds for their occupying army at the expense of the Russian people’s wellbeing.
Your authorities can still take many steps to resolve the situation. Besides starting an unprovoked war, Russia is also committing numerous war crimes. You can demand more financial, military, and humanitarian help from authorities in order to prevent war crimes from happening.
4. Ban Russian Business or Urge Other Brands To Do So
Supporting Russian businesses means supporting the Russian regime. By collaborating with their market players, businesses are investing in numerous war crimes that are occurring now. So we encourage everyone to:
- Not buy products made by Russian brands or manufactured in Russia.
- Withdraw all company assets from Russia and stop being present there.
- Stop working with Russian companies or companies that support or ignore the Russian war against Ukraine.
It will be impossible for Russia to finance a war if we isolate its economy from the outside world. In addition, the Russian society may finally protest and overthrow the dictatorship. If not for the many lost lives of Ukrainians, then at least for their own comfort.
You can harm the Russian economy by boycotting the brands that still choose to operate in Russia. Their taxes, directly and indirectly, fund all the war crimes Russia commits against Ukrainian people. This regularly updated list provided by Yale School of Management shows which businesses exited or chose to stay in the Russian market.
5. Support Ukrainian Businesses
As we weaken the Russian economy, we need to strengthen the Ukrainian economy as well. The effects of war will be felt in every area of the lives of Ukrainians. The situation may worsen if foreign companies and partners stop collaborating with our companies.
Ukraine has been going through a war of a smaller scale for eight years, so most of its companies are prepared to deal with this scenario. Plans have been made to continue operations during wartime, relocate staff, increase security, etc. So continue working with Ukrainian companies. This is the best source of support you can provide.
During these hard times, we are truly grateful to our clients for keeping their partnership with us. Let’s hope others follow your example.
In addition, you can support Ukraine’s economy by purchasing goods and services from Ukrainian companies. Here is a list of Ukrainian brands that ship their products to countries outside Ukraine.
6. Help Refugees in Your Country
The constant shelling and bombardment of Ukraine’s cities and villages caused many people to flee their homes. Some went to the west of the country. Others sought refuge in Europe.
Many of these people have left all of their belongings behind and need assistance finding a place to live, a job, and receiving financial aid for the first time. Provide them with this assistance.
Get in touch with your local authorities or the Ukrainian embassy to find out how and where you can help Ukrainian refugees in your country or city.
Our sincere appreciation goes to all the countries, companies, organizations, and individuals from abroad who supported us with sanctions against Russia, military and humanitarian aid, donations, and peaceful protests. Every single action matters and will make a difference!
Ukraine’s resistance and unity proved to the world, and even to Putin himself, that Ukraine has a powerful army, courageous people, and a strong will for freedom. Freedom is what we value most. And we will fight for it relentlessly.
We need your help in this battle. Sovereignty, wellbeing, and even the very existence of our nation are at stake.
Glory to Ukraine!