STAND WITH UKRAINE
My Motherland is at War — Please Help Ukraine Now
I didn’t imagine I would ever write something like this…
Today, I’m first of all a Ukrainian, not a designer writing “how-to” articles. I’m not afraid to lose followers who don’t expect “politics” from me. I’ll continue using all channels to help my country: increase awareness, debunk enemy’s misinformation, finance defenders, and promote further sanctions against aggressors — Russia and Belarus, with their tyrant leaders, Putin and Lukashenka, silently approved by most citizens.
They used to call us “brothers.” Now I think, “Thank god, we have only two ‘brotherly’ neighbors.”
What is happening
First of all, this is not a “situation,” “conflict,” “crisis,” “civil war,” or “special operation.” Sovereign state Ukraine heroically withstands a full-scale invasion of Russian troops started without declaring war at 5 a.m. on the 24th of February 2022 and accompanied by Belarus several days after. Not to mention that the Russia-backed hybrid war has continued since 2014.
How you know? Here are up-to-date, verified news
- Aggregated information about the war (why it started, what’s going on) by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
- Official Twitter account of Ukraine (they posted a lot about our culture earlier but currently switched to the war news).
- Twitter of Dmytro Kuleba, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
- News by Reuters, Interfax, and The Kyiv Independent.
The aggressor claimed they would “rescue” Ukrainian people from the “Nazi regime” and demilitarize us without harming civilians; they expected Ukraine to surrender in 2 days and truly believed the Ukrainians would greet them as “liberators.” Of course, this is fully bullshit! Whoever stated this (not Winston Churchill, though) was right:
The fascists of the future will call themselves anti-fascists.
Russians call us Nazis, but they shelled the Holocaust Memorial. They call our President Nazi and Russophobic, but this dude of Jewish descent grew up in a mostly Russian-speaking city in the east of Ukraine. They blame Ukrainians for bombing our own land — Donetsk and Luhansk Regions — but CCTV shows it was the Russian missile “Kalibr” that hit Freedom Square in Kharkiv and killed people. They are the second strongest army in the world, but their soldiers drop 7-year-old expired rations on the battlefield. Invaders hit the 385-meter-high TV tower in Kyiv, believing we watch 24/7 propaganda as they do, but it cannot stop the truth.
- Viral videos of how every Ukrainian resists the occupants by Mashable. Unarmed people block the roads, try to convince the invaders, fearlessly steal and burn occupants’ vehicles.
- Stop Fake: Russian propaganda debunked (in 12 languages).
- Stats of the invaders’ casualties (absolute numbers and percentage).
- Collection of the war photos by Depositphotos.
- Photos and videos of rallies in support of Ukraine by Depositphotos.
- Gallery of war posters by Ukrainian artists.
The atrocities of war
The Russian “blitzkrieg” failed from day one, and, of course, they haven’t found any imaginary “NATO bases that threatened Russia” in Ukraine. So, the aggressor began a genocide — bombing peaceful cities and shooting at evacuation corridors.
- The war doesn’t spare Ukrainian children: injured and killed children, babies born in bomb shelters — AP, Mar 1.
- Russia uses internationally condemned weapons to hit residential areas, including a hospital and preschool — The Washington Post, Mar 1.
- Russia inflicts devastation on Ukraine using prohibited vacuum and cluster bombs — ABC News, Mar 1.
- ‘My city, Kharkiv, is being shelled, but my mum who lives in Moskow won’t believe me’ — BBC News, Mar 4.
- Russian forces are shelling the Zaporizhzhia NPP, the largest nuclear plant of its kind in Europe — The Guardian, Mar 4.
- 18-month-old boy dies after shelling in Mariupol — CNN, Mar 5.
- Airstrike hits Ukraine maternity hospital — ABC News, Mar 10.
The consequence of invasion (Feb 24 — Mar 3)*
- Ukrainian civilians killed: 2000+ people (including 16 children).
- Invaders’ casualties: 9000+ people.
- Ukrainian refugees: approximately 1 million (and the same number of internally displaced people).
- Ukrainians donated for the needs of the Armed Forces: 6,000,000,000 hryvnias, or $220M.
* This section illustrates only the first week of the war. Information changes every day; please check the fresh stats.
What you can do
Ukraine furiously resists the numerous yet cowardly enemy forces; however, war is a costly thing.
Naturally, many countries think for themselves, “Why should I care about a conflict in Eastern Europe? Russia hasn’t done anything bad to me. Why shouldn’t we buy their gas, sell them electronics, and let them watch movies? Do not provoke Putin, or he’ll start the third world war!”
The same had been said 80 years ago about Hitler. Civilized, reasonable, and well-behaved Europe watched and hoped until it was late.
One cannot feed a monster and keep own hands unbitten. You cannot please a madman or trade your safety for sacrificing another country. It only boosts the monster’s appetite. So, this is not a local problem; it’s a clash between the civilized world and an archaic empire that sees itself no less than the Soviet Union’s resurrection.
Here is what everyone can start doing right now
- Spread the truth about the war, killed and displaced civilians, and ruined cities on social media with the hashtags #StandWithUkraine, #RussiaInvadedUkraine, #PutinIsATerrorist, #StopRussia, #StopWar, #UkraineWillResist, #HelpUkraineNow, #StopRussianAggression.
- Sign petitions aimed at protecting Ukraine and isolating the occupants. The citizens of aggressor states should act instead of “feeling ashamed” and continuing to play games, watch TV, and plan vacations as if nothing happens. Ask companies to cut business ties with Russia and Belarus.
- Join anti-war rallies in your city. Show solidarity with Ukraine. Demand action from your governments if they’re still in doubt. The Ukrainian Army is strong and motivated (we are on our own land), but they need defense weapons to protect Ukraine and the rest of Europe.
- Join your local humanitarian aid organization that is helping Ukraine.
But even more critical — donate to trusted organizations
- Special account of the National Bank of Ukraine (accepts 9 different currencies; simplified payment in Euro and U.S. dollar).
- Save Life Fund and their subsidiary Come Back Alive (work since 2014; accept Euro, U.S. dollar, and Bitcoin).
- Fund Hospitallers (medical volunteers).
- Bring needed goods to the collection points in your city; for example, here are the points and most-needed items in Berlin.
P. S. I’ve been living in Berlin for 2 years, and I’ve already received dozens of nasty comments about how I dare to stay abroad and that it’s easy to speak from a safe place (hello, survivor’s guilt). What’s interesting, none of those comments was written by a Ukrainian. Ukrainians know that each of us has their own “battlefront,” and everyone can be helpful.
And so can you. Every repost, comment, money transfer, public protest, petition, piece of humanitarian aid, shelter, or opportunity for refugees counts. It nears the victory of the good over the evil.
I’m just a drop in the ocean, but together we are invincible.
Stand with Ukraine!
You might have heard about Ukraine for the first time today because of the intensive war coverage in the news. However, Ukrainians have a long history of living with a neighbor-terrorist. Here are some references that’ll give you a flavor of the historical context.
- Russification of Ukraine from the 18th century till nowadays.
- Chronology of Ukrainian language suppression from the 17th century, 90% of suppression came from the Russian Empire and USSR.
- Russian fascism (Rashism), an ideology based on the ideas of the “special mission” of the Russians, xenophobia, paternalism, Soviet-style imperialism, the use of Russian Orthodoxy as a moral doctrine, and influence through nuclear arsenal, energy resources, etc.
- Russian war crimes in Chechnya, Georgia, Syria, Central African Republic, and Ukraine.