Today has been a day of great unrest and devastating loss of life after Ukraine was invaded by Russia. In times like this, simply moving on with life as if nothing is happening isn’t really an option (unless this is the only way for you to cope with this situation for mental health or other reasons). I think it’s crucial to educate yourself on the issue, elevate the voices of those on the ground affected by this crisis and be aware of the misinformation that will be spread, including by major Western news sources. Speaking out and supporting those most affected is crucial and should be a priority over your own feelings on the issue.
That being said, it is normal to feel anxious with what is happening right now. It feels like our feet were finally hitting ground again only to have the rug pulled straight from underneath our feet. Talk about it with those close to you and familiarise yourself with the context – knowledge is power in this case. We don’t know the future, but we do know the present and right now, we need to prioritise helping those who need it most.
If you have any resources you found trustworthy or friends/relatives reporting from on the ground, please drop them in the comments so I ,and anyone else interested, can learn from them. I do not feel educated enough on sources at this point in time to make recommendations but I have seen a lot of social media information and threads reporting from civilians on the ground on Twitter – these are definitely worth checking out and can be found from the keywords such as Ukraine.
I stand with all those affected by today’s attacks whose lives were uprooted from one day to the next!
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