Information on the conflict

In the culmination of the ongoing 8-years-long war between Russia and Ukraine, Russia has declared that it recognizes the “people’s republics” in Donbas as “independent”. This move is meant as the setup to jeopardize years of diplomatic negotiations around the conflict and disrupt peace in the region.

Prior to the recognition, pro-Kremlin channels have spread false justifications for the ongoing war. In a speech announcing the recognition, Putin blamed Ukrainians themselves for the escalation, calling it “a colony with puppets at its helm.”

Russia has declared a full-scale invasion early in the morning of February 24th.

Additional reading

Can I help directly?

Yes. There are multiple ways to help, from asking your government to provide assistance for Ukraine to donating and even directly participating as a volunteer.

Read this article for more general information

Donation links

Supplies for the military

Update: You can donate to the Armed Forces of Ukraine directly now. All the funds donated directly or to either of these orgs will be used for logistical and medical support.

Medical supplies

Helping the volunteers

Helping the veterans

Helping children affected by war


You can donate to The Kyiv Independent to keep the curtains up for the independent Ukrainian English-language journalism: PatreonGoFundMe

Artists of Ukraine have made significant contributions to the global dance community throughout history. We are thinking of them and holding all Ukrainians in our hearts as we hope for a better world and an end to oppression for all people. FREEDOM – PEACE – LOVE

DONATE: For those looking to make a contribution, this list of places to donate was assembled by a group of Ukrainians and has been shared by journalists worldwide:

LEARN: If you want to learn more about the background to the situation:- Read this Kyiv Post article, “10 popular misconceptions about Ukraine debunked”:…/10-popular-misconceptions

Watch Netflix’s documentary Winter On Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom:

Listen to this podcast by Ukraine World on how Russia uses disinformation as an instrument of war:

A Prayer of Peace for the People of Ukraine by Rabbi Naomi Levy

God, Our hearts are with all the people of Ukraine,
Its president, Volodymyr Zelensky,
And with our Jewish brothers and sisters in Ukraine
200,000 souls
Who crouch in fear
As the sound of sirens and bombs pierces the air.
Synagogues once filled with songs of celebration
Have become makeshift shelters.
Echos of the Holocaust reverberate,
The memory of the one-and-a-half million
Martyred Ukrainian Jews.

Ways to Help the Ukraine from Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback and Stephen Wise Temple

YOU Can Help Rescue the Refugees at the Ukrainian Border

Please reach out with other resources and I will add them so that we can help the people of the Ukraine.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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