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A Ukrainian Guide Of "Life Hacks," To Help Yourself And Help Win The War

From sharing positive news to evacuating areas where combat is ongoing, no action is too small in the list of tips created by Victor Kruglov for Ukrainian media Livy Bereg.

A Ukrainian Guide Of "Life Hacks," To Help Yourself And Help Win The War

A volunteer packs supplies to distribute to people in Kharkiv

Victor Kruglov

Since the Russian invasion on February 24, everyday life of Ukrainians has changed dramatically. Some 12 million people — more than one-quarter of the country's entire population — are believed to have fled their homes, according to the United Nations. Families have been separated, men have gone to the front, cities have endured month-long sieges, with civilians being targeted and tortured.

So, what can ordinary citizens do to support their country at this time?

KYIV — I talk a lot with the people from the military and the defense. Their general opinion about those who remain in the area of potential hostilities is that if you do not work or are not involved in critical infrastructure, it is better to leave. If a citizen decides to stay, it should be because they play a critical role in supporting the war effort. Helping those who are unable take care of themselves: the elderly, neighbors, the injured. People will always be needed to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid or support communal workers who work tirelessly to help those fighting to defend the country.

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For those who have left, there should be no shame or guilt. Most importantly, they will be alive, and their families will be safe. When the time comes for Ukraine to be rebuilt, they will be ready to play the vital role of picking up the rubble and laying new foundations.

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