Want to help Ukraine this weekend? Here are some resources

Updated February 25 | Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, and a native Ukrainian from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) said he was worried about the future of his home, his family and friends in light of the Russian military attacks on Ukraine.

Dr Oleg Palygin, a kidney disease specialist and associate professor at MUSC, said he was able to keep in touch with his relatives who still live in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv. In the past 24 hours, Russia has begun launching airstrikes on cities and military bases across the Eastern European country and has sent in ground troops and tanks from multiple points. the other side of the border.

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“They saw everything that was happening in … just about 24 hours – the sounds of explosions near the city – many people woke up and started calling their friends, checking the news and social media to see what happened,” Palygin said. “Later, a lot of people just try to go to the store, buy food, buy gas, prepare for the situation.”

Those with families or those unwilling to stay in major cities during the attacks evacuated, causing heavy traffic on the roads, he said.

“Where I grew up – the city, the people, the political situation – we were supposed to look through a telescope and explore space,” Palygin said. “But we are doing absolutely the opposite, going back a century and starting another primitive fight. This is not what I expect today. »

And Palygin is not alone. At least two other MUSC doctors and one of its students are from Ukraine. And while he couldn’t speak to the larger population of the Lowcountry as a whole, he said Ukrainians in the region are “very aware of the situation. From the Ukrainian vision, they are all very grateful to the United States, for the support. It is the country that supports Ukraine the most at the moment, and that is very important. And it doesn’t come from the government, it comes from the people. »

Palygin said Lowcountry residents who wanted to help the Ukrainian people through the hardships caused by the conflict had several options. But the most effective way to support Ukraine is to ask South Carolina senators and congressmen to provide as much support as possible to the Ukrainian people.

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg spoke about the ongoing conflict in Ukraine as Russia continues its invasion and the Ukrainian flag was raised to fly above Charleston City Hall.

“Charleston has a long history of ceremonially raising national flags above City Hall, the most famous being the Irish flag to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day,” Tecklenburg said. “Today we fly the flag of Ukraine for a more solemn reason: to recognize the extraordinary valor of the Ukrainian people as they fight for their democracy against a brutal Russian dictator. We are proud to stand in solidarity with the brave men and women of Ukraine and hope that Mr. Putin will answer the call of honest people around the world to put an immediate end to this cruel and unjust war.

On Friday afternoon, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said 137 civilians and military personnel had been killed during the Russian invasion. The ongoing conflict is disrupting humanitarian efforts as civilians flee their homes or take shelter in bomb shelters and underground structures across the Eastern European country.

If you want to help, try some of these organizations asking for help:

UNICEF United States – UNICEF supports health, nutrition, HIV prevention, education, water, sanitation and more.

Doctors Without Borders – DWB is involved in a range of activities with local volunteers, organisations, healthcare professionals and authorities to facilitate travel to and from healthcare facilities.

Children’s voices – VoC is a charitable foundation based in Ukraine that helps provide mental health support for children.

Red Cross – Whenever possible, the American Red Cross supports the work of the Ukrainian Red Cross.

International Medical Corps – IMC, a global non-profit organization, has been providing primary health care and mental health services in eastern Ukraine for almost a decade. He is now fundraising to expand these services.

This list is not exhaustive, as many other organizations help families caught up in the conflict.

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You can always call the offices of our elected officials at the national level and express your support for efforts to help Ukrainians.

Contact US Senator Tim Scott
Contact US Senator Lindsey Graham
Contact US Representative Nancy Mace
Contact US Representative James Clyburn

To support the Ukrainian army directly, the National Bank of Ukraine created a special donation account specifically to support troop and equipment purchases. Donate here.

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