Ukraine: what can you do to help?

The horrifying scenes taking place across Ukraine in recent days have served as a grim reminder of the human cost of war.

Despite the feelings of helplessness that witnessing these events can naturally cause, there are practical steps you can take to assist those most affected by the continuing conflict.

Below, battleface has compiled a list of organisations and NGOs which are actively supporting the people of Ukraine through humanitarian aid, social programmes, and independent reporting.

United Help Ukraine is a non-profit focused on helping those on the frontlines of the war, including the families of wounded and fallen soldiers as well as those displaced from their homes. The organisation is 100 per cent volunteer based and operates at less than one per cent costs.

Voices of Children is a charitable foundation which helps children affected by the war in Ukraine. The organisation provides psychological and psychosocial support to children, helping them overcome the consequences of armed conflict.

US-based non-profit Nova Ukraine provides humanitarian aid to vulnerable groups and individuals within Ukraine, ranging from baby food and hygiene products to clothes and household supplies.

The Ukrainian Red Cross provides humanitarian aid and medical assistance to the people of Ukraine and currently has volunteers stationed around the country who are ready to assist those affected by the conflict.

The Kyiv Independent. This English-language media organisation provides on-the-ground news gathering in Kyiv and across Ukraine, providing a crucial source of information both to Ukrainian nationals and the international community. Currently, The Kyiv Independent is funded entirely through Patreon donations and money raised through a GoFundMe campaign.

Sunflower of Peace is a fundraiser which equips frontline doctors and paramedics in Ukraine with first-aid backpacks containing a variety of medical supplies including bandages, anti-haemorrhagic medicine, medical instruments, and the means for survival in extreme conditions. Each backpack has the potential to save ten lives.

Hope for Ukraine serves individuals and families of the poorest communities in Ukraine, including providing support and rehabilitation for wounded soldiers. The organisation is dedicated to improving the lives of children in poverty by providing basic necessities, benefits and services and programmes that support long-term development.