[Last Updated: April 21, 2022]
It’s heartbreaking to see how events have unfolded recently in Eastern Europe. Russia, under President Vladimir Putin, has declared a full-scale war on Ukraine. Invasions by the Russian military have been launched against Ukraine in the form of artillery, tanks, troops, ballistic missiles, shells and airstrikes.
Apart from strategic bases, Ukrainian cities and civilians are also in danger as the attacks hit close to home. While tens of thousands are trying to flee, many Ukrainians are also prepared to stay and fight for their country.
As global citizens, how can we help the people of Ukraine?
It may be difficult to physically travel to Ukraine and help (all civilian flights over Ukraine and the surrounding areas are restricted) – but there are a few practical things we can do.
1.General Information & Resources
Best Practices for Engaging with Ukrainian Talent: Do’s and Don’ts
A roundup of helpful Do’s and Don’ts when engaging and hiring directly from VanHack’s Ukrainian community.
Past Webinars & Related Resources:
- Global Mobility & Immigration Updates
- Stories from the Frontlines
- Best Practices for Engaging with Ukrainian Talent
- Firsthand Hiring Experience: Forma.ai
[On-Demand Webinar] Hire Ukrainian Tech Talent Q&A Webinar – March 9, 2022
- Berlin’s Information for Refugees from Ukraine
- Announcements of immigration policies related to Ukraine nationals – Join Slack group for Canada Tech Group, hosted by CCI
- To contact GoC with your questions, the government of Canada is prioritizing Ukrainian-related immigration questions
- Use this web form
- In the “Tell us about your situation” box, describe your situation, including what you need help with
- Add the keyword UKRAINE2022 at the end of your description
2. Donate to reputable organizations
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is urging the international community for assistance in defense support and protection against the Russian invasions.
Here is a list of impactful organizations that we can donate to:
Supporting the Military
Medical Supplies & Humanitarian Aid
- Razom for Ukraine
- United Help Ukraine
- Fundraiser for Sunflower of Peace
- Revived Soldiers Ukraine
- The Ukrainian Red Cross
- CARE International
- World Food Programme
- World Central Kitchen
- International Rescue Committee
- Global Giving
- Doctors Without Borders
- Animal Save Movement
- Nova Ukraine
- National Bank of Ukraine
- UNHCR – The UN Refugee Agency
- Hope for Ukraine
- Ukraine to Canada
Helping Affected Children
3. Select your media sources carefully
Be skeptical about where you are getting your news source. According to disinformation experts, Russia has started and will ramp up their efforts to spread propaganda and false narratives on its invasion of Ukraine.
UkraineWorld is an independent English-language multimedia project about Ukraine run by Internews Ukraine. They produce articles, podcasts, video explainers, analyses, and books about Ukraine in English. Support them through Patreon.
They also publish a live update of anti-Western and anti-democracy disinformation spread by Russian and Ukrainian opinion leaders.
4. Educate yourself
Read up on the historical context of the political issues between Ukraine and Russia that’s led to the events today. Here are a few resources:
- Ukraine conflict: Your guide to understanding the story – BBC
- What does Putin want in Ukraine? The conflict explained – CNN
- A brief explainer on what’s happening in Ukraine right now – Daily Hive
- The Roots of the Ukraine War: How the Crisis Developed – The New York Times
5. Hire developers from Ukraine
*Update: VanHack will be waiving placement fees on all Ukraine hires. Employers also have the option to donate a portion of the fees to a verified charity of their choice.
If you are an employer looking to hire software developers, now is the time to prioritize helping those from Ukraine.
Ukraine ranks 5th in the world for best developers according to a SkillValue report (2019) that looks at best programmers by country. Speak with our VanHack team (schedule a call with us here) to see how you can meet with and hire Ukrainian developers in our talent pool.
Currently, Ukrainian males between the ages of 18-60 are temporarily prohibited from leaving the country, so it may take some time for relocation jobs for this demographic – but with a borderless world, hiring male Ukrainian developers for remote-start-first jobs is always a great way to help. Don’t forget the talented female Ukrainian developers as well.
6. Stay up to date on global mobility issues for Ukraine
As the situation evolves, check back here for regular updates on immigration and global mobility issues on helping Ukraine.
- Apr 21: US announces “Uniting for Ukraine” program for Ukrainian refugees to enter US
- Apr 13: US preparing to roll out new program for Ukrainian refugees
- Mar 28: EU agrees plan to aid refugee resettlement
- Mar 24 – US to accept up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees
- Mar 23 – European Commission to support Member States meet refugees’ needs
- Mar 17 – Canada to allow Ukraine refugees to stay for 3 years
- Mar 17 – UK to grant Ukraine refugees free access to NHS healthcare and benefits
- Mar 16 – Israel to offer healthcare and temporary housing to Ukraine refugees
- Mar 15 – Homes for Ukraine refugees scheme launches in UK
- Mar 15 – Nearly 3 million refugees have fled Ukraine
- Mar 14 – No limit on refugees under new UK visa scheme
- Mar 14 – U.S. considering expediting resettlement of Ukrainian refugees with U.S. ties
- Mar 13 – Germany to take in 2,500 Ukrainian refugees from Moldova
- Mar 13 – Israel to accept Ukrainians with a relative living in Israel
- Mar 11 – United Kingdom allows public to welcome refugees into their home
- Mar 10 – Ukrainians with passports can apply for UK visas online
- Mar 8 – Estonia to simplify process of taking in Ukrainian refugees
- Mar 7 – Foreign students in Ukraine get offer to continue studies in Hungary
- Mar 7 – Israel to cap number of non-eligible Ukrainian refugees it accepts
- Mar 6 – Germany to accept refugees from Ukraine regardless of nationality
- Mar 4 – Portugal applies temporary protection regime for Ukrainians moving to Portugal
- Mar 3 – U.S. grants Temporary Protected Status to some Ukrainians
- Mar 3 – Canada says there will be “no limit” for Ukrainian applications for both temporary and permanent residency
- Mar 3 – EU countries agree to host Ukrainian refugees under exceptional protection scheme
- Mar 2 – Japan ready to take in Ukrainians fleeing Russian invasion
- Mar 2 – United Kingdom to relax visa rules to accept more Ukrainian refugees
- Mar 1 – United Kingdom to allow Ukrainians to enter if they have immediate family who are British nationals
- Mar 1 – Turkey starts accepting refugees from Ukraine
- Feb 28 – Australia prioritizing outstanding visa applications from Ukrainians
- Feb 27 – EU nations to accept Ukrainian refugees for 3 years without asylum applications
- Feb 25 – Iceland prioritizes asylum applications from Ukrainian applicants
- Feb 25 – Ireland lifts visa entry requirements for Ukrainian nationals
- Feb 24 – Canada to prioritize immigration applications for Ukrainians
- Feb 24 – White House prepared to accept Ukrainian refugees amid invasion
As global citizens, we can all do our part, no matter how small, to help those in desperate need in Ukraine.
The team at VanHack will also be continuing to do our part, by prioritizing the wellbeing and assistance of our Ukrainian VanHackers – such as actively reaching out to them, understanding their needs, providing them with extra support during the hiring process, facilitating the expedition of immigration applications with government bodies, and other avenues as opportunities arise.