Intensifying hostilities in Ukraine following a wide-ranging attack by Russian forces Thursday, Feb. 23, has spurred dozens of organizations to appeal for donations to support those on the front lines or otherwise affected by the conflict.
While armed conflict in eastern Ukraine is not new, the Russian invasion threatens to disrupt the daily lives of children and families, leaving them in need of humanitarian assistance.
Here are some organizations soliciting donations for resources:
According to a UNICEF USA spokeswoman, the New York-based organization seeks $66.4 million to provide access to basic services in eastern Ukraine, including water and sanitation, immunization and health care, schooling and learning, psychosocial support, and emergency cash assistance for up to 7.5 million children.
Hostilities in Ukraine “post an immediate threat to the lives and wellbeing” to those children, Catherine M. Russell, UNICEF’s executive director, said in a release. “Unless the fighting subsides, tens of thousands of families could be forcibly displaced, dramatically escalating humanitarian needs.”
To donate: unicefusa.org/helpukraine.
International Committee of the Red Cross
Based in Geneva, Switzerland, the ICRC helps people around the world affected by conflict while promoting the laws that protect victims of war, according to its website.
This week, the organization delivered 3,000 liters of potable water to Dokuchaevsk and sent 7,000 liters to Donetsk municipality.
In a statement Thursday, ICRC President Peter Maurer said the intensifying and spread of the conflict in Ukraine “risk a scale of death and destruction that are frightening to contemplate, given the immense military capacities involved.”
The ICRC provides assistance to help improve the living conditions of those displaced by armed conflict.
To donate: icrc.org/en/donate.
Revived Soldiers Ukraine
Dedicated to providing aid to the people of Ukraine fighting for human rights and Ukrainian soldiers presently rehabilitating, Revived Soldiers Ukraine assists those affected by military conflict.
The group’s work supports hospitals treating the wounded, as well as their families.
To donate: rsukraine.org.
United Help Ukraine
This volunteer-based organization receives and distributes food and medical supplies to those affected by the ongoing and latest military conflict in Ukraine. In recent years, United Help Ukraine has held rallies in Washington, D.C., in support of the country’s freedom and independence.
To donate: unitedhelpukraine.org.
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