On 24 February 2022 armed forces of the Russian Federation invaded the sovereign territory of Ukraine in clear contravention of international law, particularly the prohibition of the use of force set down in Article 2 (4) UN Charter, the cornerstone of the modern international order. There is no justification for this attack on the political independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
I stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and condemn this illegal use of force and war of aggression in the strongest possible terms. To help alleviate the suffering caused by the conflict I’ve compiled a list of information that anyone who wishes to aid the people of Ukraine through donations or volunteering their time and skills may find useful.
This article contains information on:
- Trustworthy News Sources
- Peace Protests
- Humanitarian Assistance
- Supporting the Ukrainian Armed Forces
It is said that truth is the first victim of war, but it is also the first victim of social media. Here I have selected a few news sources you might find more reliable than Twitter and Facebook:
- Kyiv Independent — Independent Ukrainian News Website in English
- Dekoder — Russian Journalism translated into German
- Institute for the Study of War: Ukraine Conflict Updates — Daily summaries of the strategic and tactical military situation in Ukraine
Taking to the streets and calling for peace is one of the time-honored democratic measures to end wars.
- Stand with Ukraine — Regularly updated list of peace protests on behalf of Ukraine
- Circle for Peace — Stand up for peace by drawing a peace symbol on the ground and protesting in it for as long as you can
Regional spillover from such a major conflict is inevitable so I have included organizations working both in Ukraine and in the wider region. Please note that these organizations will likely need your support for years to come in order to deal with the humanitarian fallout — not just during the immediate crisis.
- Libereco – Partnership for Human Rights e.V. and their Ukraine Emergency Aid Fundraiser (cooperation with Vostok SOS) — Humanitarian Aid and Human Rights
- Vostok SOS and their Ukraine Emergency Aid Fundraiser (cooperation with Libereco) — Humanitarian Aid and Human Rights
- Support Hospitals in Ukraine — Medical Aid
- United Help Ukraine — Medical/Humanitarian Aid
- Caritas Ukraine — Humanitarian Aid
- Ukraine-Hilfe Berlin — Medical/Humanitarian Aid
- Voices of Children — Children
- Care in Action and their Ukraine Emergency Fundraiser — Children and Orphans
- Mission Lifeline — Small convoy traveling to Ukrainian border to help refugees
- Polish Humanitarian Action PAH and the PAH Ukraine Fundraiser
- Ocalenie Foundation — Volunteers can sign up to help refugees in Poland
- Polish Center for International Aid — Fundraiser for Humanitarian aid, evacuation aid, psychological aid for children
- Animal Protection Inspectorate — Fundraiser to save Animals — Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dialog Foundations — Refugee Protection and Fundraiser to create a house for Ukrainian families in Poland
- Polish Red Cross
- Polish Medical Mission and their Ukraine Fundraiser on Facebook
- Foundation Pomagam.pl in coordination with ‘Nasz Wybór’ (‘Our Choice’) Foundation
- Open Dialogue Foundation and their Ukraine Emergency Fundraiser
- Elinor Network/GLS Bank/Ecosia: “Gastfreundschaft Ukraine” — via this form you can offer short-term accommodation in Germany to Ukrainian refugees
- Ukrainian Embassy in Bern/Switzerland [Website in German] — Call from Ukrainian embasssy in Bern to donate medical supplies (Mo–Fr, 4–7 pm), please contact email@example.com in advance
- I want to Help Ukraine (Geneva/Switzerland) — Donate medical and other humanitarian supplies
- Permanent Mission of Ukraine in Geneva (Facebook) — Donate medical and other humanitarian supplies
- Aid4Ukr — Guide for Ukrainian Refugees — Immigration Information for Ukrainian Refugees
- Immigration 4 Ukraine — Lawyers can register to offer pro bono advice and Ukrainians can register to receive legal advice on immigration
- Pan-european decentralized offers of support for Ukrainian refugees
- United Nations Crisis Relief — Ukraine
- United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Ukraine
- United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Poland and their Ukraine Fundraiser on Facebook
- United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Ukraine
- Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders in Ukraine
- Caritas International in Ukraine
- International Committee of the Red Cross
- International Support for Students and Researchers from Ukraine
- Labs supporting Ukrainian Scientists
- Ukrainian Tech Collective — Facilitates skill swaps so Ukrainians who are currently protecting their country still get paid and can support their families.
Following the declaration of martial law the National Bank of Ukraine opened a special fundraising account to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The account accepts donations in UAH, EUR, USD, GBP, CHF, AUD, CNY, CAD and JPY.
I take this unprecedented step in promoting this account as a peace-loving citizen and lawyer because the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine represents an illegal war of aggression and a flagrant violation of international law, particularly the prohibition of the use of force (Article 2 (4) UN Charter). The right of Ukraine to act in self-defence under Article 51 of the UN Charter is legally and morally without reproach.
Others have compiled similar lists and made them available publicly. I collect these below.
- Mischa Gabowitsch — Putins Krieg stoppen! (in German)
- Ukraine verstehen — Wie man der Ukraine JETZT helfen kann (in German)
- Silke Hüper on Facebook (in German)
- ZEIT — Wie kann ich helfen? (in German)
The information contained in this article was received from different sources in my network. I have tried to independently verify the credibility of each organization whereever possible but this is a dynamic and fast-moving situation, so errors are possible.
If you have justified concerns about any of these organizations, please get in touch