The world was brought to a standstill as news broke on Feb. 24 that Russia had invaded Ukraine. Global Citizen released a statement condemning Russia’s attack on Ukraine and calling for all military action to cease immediately, as well as for humanitarian aid to be supported as the conflict unfolds.

Global Citizen has pulled together a list of things you can do to support the people of Ukraine wherever you are.

According to UN data, in 2021 the crisis in Ukraine affected 1.5 million people — half a million of whom are children and minors. As with any crisis, women, children, marginalized communities, and the poor will be those most affected. Ukrainian parents are already taking heartbreaking measures to protect their children including sending them into school wearing stickers identifying their blood types in case of bombings.

In the current crisis, Black people — especially migrants — are reporting experiencing racism at the border while trying to leave the country. Footage has gone viral of people being blocked from boarding trains and there have been worrying reports that police are prioritizing white Ukranians over Black people crossing the border.

Meanwhile, there are many students from overseas who were studying in Ukraine and are now trying to leave. Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted on March 2 that an emergency hotline has been established for African, Asian, and other students wishing to leave Ukraine (at +380934185684), working to ensure their safety and speed up their passage.

Read the full article about helping Ukraine by Khanyi Mlaba and Tess Lowery at Global Citizen.