Ukraine – primarily a human tragedy, alongside energy implications

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Ukrainian flag (source: flickr/Just Click’s With A Camera, public domain)

Support Ukraine and Ukrainians through the tragedy they have to live in a world that is and will not be the same for the foreseeable future.

No one can escape the news of the atrocities currently taking place in the independent country of Ukraine, as well as the numerous articles written about the involvement of the energy market in the world and in particular in Europe.

Strategic assessments are presented on how Europe (and other regions) can replace Russian oil and gas, something we have all been working on in one way or another as part of the transition energy. There are tons of LinkedIn posts of this nature and of course I am keen to present my views on this in the context of geothermal energy here as well soon.

But – and there is a huge but – the only thing that must not be forgotten is a human tragedy with now over 1.5 million refugees, destruction, senseless loss of life, changing the lives of millions of Ukrainians for decades to come, creating trauma for millions of Ukrainian children, seeing Russians elsewhere in the world harassed for the war of “their” autocratic leader, etc. …let’s not forget to mention the human aspect alongside the obvious and right energetic implications.

Do you want to support Ukraine and Ukrainians affected by the war against them, here are some options (shamelessly stolen from a great article shared by Sigruncoach and friend)

Thanks to the fantastic support of the refugees by the neighboring countries of Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania.

Support charities in the field

People in need
It is one of the most respectable organizations in the Czech Republic and now focuses its efforts on helping Ukraine on the ground.

Red Cross
The International Committee of the RED CROSS helps people affected by the conflict and supports the work of the Ukrainian Red Cross.

Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders’ work in Ukraine has focused on the pandemic and the eastern region.

Razom
Razom was founded in 2014 to support Ukrainians after Russia annexed Crimea. Today, the volunteer organization is on the ground helping soldiers and doctors on the front line.

United Help Ukraine
Non-profit voluntary organization that distributes medical supplies, food and donations to Ukrainians and refugees on the ground in Ukraine, as well as supports Ukrainian families who have lost soldiers to war.

UNICEF
Provides clean water, nutrition, sanitation and protection to children and families caught up in the conflict in Ukraine.

United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
The international organization aims to provide emergency assistance to families in Ukraine – providing assistance such as cash assistance and resettlement opportunities in the United States.

United Nations Humanitarian Fund for Ukraine
The Humanitarian Fund for Ukraine is one of the national pooled funds of the United Nations. Contributions are collected in a single, unrestricted, locally managed fund under the direction of the UN.

Help children in need

Children’s voices
The charity Voices of Children helps war-affected children in eastern Ukraine. They provide psychological and psychosocial support to children to help them overcome the consequences of armed conflict.

save the children
Since 2014, Save the Children Ukraine branch has provided life-saving interventions in eastern Ukraine. They meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable families, providing food, shelter, charcoal, multipurpose cash grants, clothing and medicine.

Support the free press

Other ways to directly support Ukrainians

Buy digital goods through Etsy from Ukrainian sellers

You can find sellers by filtering by store location and searching for “digital downloads”. These products can be recipes, knitting, crochet or cross stitch patterns, journal pages, clip art or printable wall decorations, … to name a few.

  1. Search “digital files” on Etsy.com.
  2. Click the “All Filters” button and scroll down to “Country”.
  3. Under ‘Custom’, enter Ukraine.

AirBnb describes how they can use the funds to host Ukrainians in neighboring countries. Or people can also offer accommodation through the airbnb.org website.

Warning: Please do your due diligence to verify that the sellers, service providers are genuine.

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