U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin visited Ukraine on Sunday, April 24th to speak about the forwarding of additional military aid to Ukraine with its President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The U.S. pledged over $700 million in military financing to assist Ukraine, as well as several allied nations involved in the war effort. With the invasion now counting its third month and over 5000 civilian (reported) casualties, it is important to remember that this will not be a quick fix. Ukraine and its people will require ongoing and committed support from the global community, and not just financial. Ordinary citizens all over the world are opening their homes to refugees, artists and poets and sculptors are organizing exhibits.
One easy step that everyone can take is to remain consistently and vigilantly informed about the conflict. At the same time, it is important to be wary of any information that is spread on social media. Disinformation is one of the largest tools in Putin’s arsenal, as well as one of Russia’s favorite weapons. Though it may seem innocuous, sharing and promoting it can lead to harm to civilians. Another easy step is to donate money. Most large international aid organizations, including UNICEF, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the International Committee of the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, and the International Rescue Committee, are currently working in Ukraine and neighboring countries, where a growing number of displaced people are fleeing. If you want to support the people of Ukraine, please consider donating to the UNHCR through the Ukraine Business Alliance. Click here for more information, including ways that you can help!