My name is Oleksii, I'm a software developer from Kyiv, Ukraine. On 24th of February 2022 I woke up to war: Russian Armed Forces have invaded my country. Driven by chauvinistic ideals and determination to eradicate the Ukrainian people, this act of aggression can only be described as genocide.
Russian soldiers spare no thought when bombing residential areas, hospitals, schools, museums, cultural heritages, and civilian infrastructure. The list of war crimes grows by the minute, while the Russian war machine still enjoys both active and tacit public support back home.
In Ukraine, everyone's life has been irrecoverably affected. Some of us lost our homes, friends, loved ones, while the rest are struggling to maintain a sense of normalcy in-between the sounds of sirens and regular blackouts. War is a surreal thing to try to comprehend, but unfortunately it's real and it's here — all we can do is fight back.
Luckily, we don't have to endure this fight in solitude and I'm immensely thankful to everyone who supports us! Every bit of help, no matter how big or small, brings us closer to victory.
How to help financially
When it comes to financial aid, the most effective thing you can do is donate to one of the local non-government charities that supply our defenders with critical equipment — power stations, medical supplies, armored vests, light vehicles, reconnaissance drones, weapon attachments, etc. It's best to avoid donating to global funds, such as Red Cross or UN Crisis Relief, because they have very limited presence in Ukraine and typically can't provide the most necessary support.
- Dzyga's Paw Foundation (defensive & humanitarian aid)
- Come Back Alive Foundation (defensive aid)
- Serhiy Prytula Foundation (defensive & humanitarian aid)
- Kolo Foundation (defensive aid)
- Hospitallers Battalion (medical aid)
- Voices of Children Foundation (humanitarian aid)
- Government donation portal (humanitarian aid)
- Personal donations to me are also directed to local charities at my own discretion
Other ways to help
If you don't have the means to help financially, there are also other things you can do:
- Donate unused clothes, medical supplies, tools & equipment to refugee centers or Ukrainian charities
- Reach out to Ukrainian friends or colleagues, offer them help
- Avoid physical products made in Russia (bar codes starting with
- Avoid software products made in Russia
- Boycott international companies that continue operating in Russia
- Ask your employer to implement sanctions against Russia, or help in other ways
- Ask your politicians to provide stronger support to Ukraine, including heavy weapons
- Join your local protests to empower Ukrainian voices
- Spread the word about the war in your local networks
- Use the correct transliteration when referring to Ukrainian toponyms
- Explore volunteering opportunities in Ukraine
- Enlist in the Ukrainian military as a foreign fighter