Like many people, I have been consumed with the ongoing situation in Ukraine.
I am having trouble focusing on work or normal life tasks even though the conflict is on the other side of the world. If you think I am over-reacting, here are some good reasons why Russia’s invasion of its neighbor will have far-reaching consequences for everyone.
Here are links to articles and people that I found helpful, insightful and/or informative. At the end of the post, I will include links to organizations that are offering support for Ukranians fleeing the conflict and advice for what regular people can do to help.
Must reads + listens
‘Yes, He Would’: Fiona Hill on Putin and Nukes. Maura Reynolds. POLITICO Magazine. Feb. 28, 2022.
We Have Never Been Here Before. Thomas Friedman. Opinion. New York Times. Feb. 25, 2022.
In Foreign Policy U-Turn, Germany Ups Military Spending and Arms Ukraine. Melissa Eddy. New York Times. Feb. 27, 2022.
Who to follow
Max Seddon is the Financial Times’ correspondent in Moscow. Also, FT is making all of its Ukraine coverage free to read at this page.
Terrell Jermaine Starr is a freelance journalist and podcast host living in Kyiv.
Lucian Kim, Wilson Center fellow and former Moscow correspondent for National Public Radio.
Kimberly St. Julian-Varnon, Review Editor of H_Ukraine. Coordinating aid for students in Ukraine.
How to help
CARE – Ukraine Emergency – providing food, water and hygiene kits to refugees fleeing the fighting.
Washington Post: Agencies providing help to people in Ukraine
Save the Children is an established organization that works to help children in areas hit by wars, natural disasters, and epidemics all over the world. They are working to assist families in Ukraine, and also Afghanistan and other regions that don’t get as much international attention.
Also consider ways that you can personally divest from support for the Russian government. Avoid supporting companies or people who do business in Russia, urge any investment funds you participate in to do the same.