The Russian invasion of Ukraine is the latest violent development in a long and turbulent history between the two countries. This invasion is the largest conflict to erupt in Europe since World War II. The varying perspectives on the complex history of Ukraine have only intensified with the challenges in their post-Soviet, independent state. There is a lot of information to take in regarding the situation, we will provide some resources here that might help you glean a better understanding.
Ukraine has had many different names, been included in many different empires, and been divided into many different transfigurations of the Ukraine we know today. The Library of Congress Ukrainian Collection has maps, lithographs, books, and manuscripts that show the history of Ukraine until they declared independence with their current boundaries in 1991.
For up to date information on the current situation in Ukraine, here are a few different news outlets that are updating frequently and have no cost to read:
- Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
- Associated Press Russia-Ukraine Hub
- State of Ukraine podcast from National Public Radio
Library Resources for more information (all free with your Chillicothe Public Library card):
- Hoopla Great Courses BingePass – includes History of Eastern Europe
- Hoopla E-Books search for Ukraine for all ages
- Kanopy Conflict in Ukraine film collection
How can you help?
- The International Rescue Committee is taking donations to help support displaced Ukrainian families.
- GlobalGiving, an international nonprofit that connects charitable campaigns to donors around the world, has set up a Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund.
- UNICEF is increasing emergency response efforts throughout Ukraine.
- Doctors Without Borders, long a stalwart in humanitarian work, outlines its efforts in Ukraine and how you can help.
- The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) provides direct cash assistance to those in need and helps provide opportunities for resettlement in the United States.
- Voices for Children Foundation serving the psychological needs of children since the start of the war in 2015, specializing in art therapy and general psychosocial support
- Support journalists in Ukraine continue operations through the Kyiv Independent donation page.
- Save the Children, a global non-profit with the mission to lifesaving relief to children and deliver essential humanitarian aid, is calling for donations.
- World Central Kitchen is serving thousands of fresh meals to Ukrainian families fleeing home as well as residents who remain in the country.