How to help Ukraine: 9 ways you can make a difference from the UK

A Ukrainian girl stands near a pile of donated items.
A Ukrainian girl picks out a toy from a pile of donated items at the Medyka border crossing in Poland. (Bernat Armangue/AP)

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been met with widespread condemnation.

Millions of people around the world want to find practical ways to show solidarity with Ukrainians.

Here is a list of organisations you can donate to and help people affected by the crisis.

• International Medical Corps

The organisation provides similar aid as the Red Cross, as well as mental health services to those affected by the war.

Read more about their work and donate here >>>

• CARE International

The non-profit is responding to the crisis by providing Ukrainians in need with food and hygiene kits. The group’s immediate crisis response is aiming to reach 4 million Ukrainians.

Read more about their work and donate here >>>

UNICEF Ukraine

The U.N. Children’s Fund in Ukraine is providing support for the country’s 7.5 million children threatened by the escalating conflict. The agency is currently ramping up its efforts to meet critical needs for safe drinking water, health care and education.

Read more about their work and donate here >>>

• The UNHCR

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is the official agency of the U.N. whose mission it is to aid and protect refugees. According to the U.N., more than 500,000 Ukrainians have fled the country since Russia’s attack began last week.

Read more about their work and donate here >>>

• The British Red Cross has launched an urgent appeal to help Ukraine.

Read more about their work and donate here >>>

• Sunflower Of Peace is a local charity gathering medical supplies for paramedics and doctors on the front lines.

Read more about their work and donate here >>>

There are other ways you can help. These include:

• Writing to your MP

Writing a letter to your local MP can help urge the Government to do more to help the nation during the conflict.

To find your MP, visit the UK Parliament website here and type in your postcode or address.

• Supporting local journalism

The fact we’re so up to date with what’s happening in Ukraine is largely down to the tireless work of journalists reporting on the ground.

To help them continue this crucial work, follow the news from local sources such as The Kyiv Independent (can also donate on its website) and The New Voice of Ukraine.

• Join a peace protest

This might not seem as direct a way to help Ukrainians as, for example, donating money – but it could still have a big impact.

Joining a peace protest (if you are able to do so and feel comfortable being in a crowd) is a public way of showing your support for the people of Ukraine, and putting pressure on those in powerful positions to help those affected.

Photos from the refugee crisis in Ukraine

Refugees on the platform of Lviv railway station.
Refugees at the Lviv railway station wait for trains to Poland. (Pavlo Palamarchuk/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
A woman and her daughter fleeing the Russian invasion in Ukraine.
A woman and her daughter fleeing the Russian invasion in Ukraine, at the border crossing in Medyka, Poland. (Bryan Woolston/Reuters)
A mother tends to her baby in a bomb shelter.
A mother tends to her baby, who is under medical treatment, in the bomb shelter of the paediatric ward of a hospital in Kyiv. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Ukrainian refugees walk alongside a line of vehicles.
Ukrainian refugees alongside vehicles lined up to cross the border from Ukraine into Moldova. (Sergei Grits/AP)
A woman wrapped in a blanket at the border checkpoint in Medyka, Poland.
A woman at the border checkpoint in Medyka, Poland. (Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)
An emergency worker hands out bags of food.
An employee of an emergency rescue service in Romania hands out bags of food to refugees. (Andreea Alexandru/AP)
A crying woman walking with her children.
A crying woman walking with her children at the border crossing in Siret, Romania. (Stoyan Nenov/Reuters)
A mother feeds her child after they fled Russia's invasion of Ukraine and rest at a refugee shelter in Beregsurany, Hungary, February 28, 2022. (Bernadett Szabo/Reuters)
A mother feeds her child after they fled Russia's invasion of Ukraine and rest at a refugee shelter in Beregsurany, Hungary. (Bernadett Szabo/Reuters)
A Ukrainian family waits for a train inside Lviv railway station, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022, in Lviv, west Ukraine. (Bernat Armangue/AP)
A Ukrainian family waits for a train inside Lviv railway station, west Ukraine. (Bernat Armangue/AP)
Children patients whose treatments are underway stay in their beds moved to the hallways of the basement floor of Okhmadet Children's Hospital, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine February 28, 2022. (Umit Bektas/Reuters)
Children patients whose treatments are underway stay in their beds moved to the hallways of the basement floor of Okhmadet Children's Hospital in Kyiv. (Umit Bektas/Reuters)
A woman walks with her dogs after arriving from Ukraine, crossing the border in Beregsurany, Hungary, Saturday, Feb 26, 2022. (Anna Szilagyi/AP)
A woman walks with her dogs after arriving from Ukraine, crossing the border in Beregsurany, Hungary. (Anna Szilagyi/AP)
Ukrainian asylum seekers rest on the floor at the train station in Przemysl, Poland on Feb. 27, 2022.
(Attila Husejnow/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Ukrainian asylum seekers rest on the floor at the train station in Przemysl, Poland. (Attila Husejnow/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Volunteers are unloading aid donations inside a school gym which were send by people from all over the country to help refugees from Ukraine while ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war crisis in Kroscienko, Poland on February 27, 2022.  (Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A volunteer unloads aid donations inside a school gym in Kroscienko, Poland. (Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A Ukrainian woman reacts after arriving at the Medyka border crossing, in Poland, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022. (Visar Kryeziu/AP)
A Ukrainian woman reacts after arriving at the Medyka border crossing, in Poland. (Visar Kryeziu/AP)
Refugees from Ukraine rest after arriving to the railway station in Przemysl, Poland, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022. (Czarek Sokolowski/AP)
Refugees from Ukraine rest after arriving to the railway station in Przemysl, Poland. (Czarek Sokolowski/AP)
People take part in an anti-war protest, after Russia launched a massive military operation against Ukraine, in Lisbon, Portugal, February 27, 2022. (Pedro Nunes/Reuters)
People take part in an anti-war protest in Lisbon, Portugal. (Pedro Nunes/Reuters)