We’ve rounded up some resources and information following invasion by Russia.
Following yesterday’s full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, we’ve rounded up some useful resources and information, plus messages of solidarity from the electronic music community. We’ll keep updating this story as new information and material emerges. Last updated: 1:30 PM GMT, February 25th
What’s going on
• The invasion of Ukraine continues, with Russian forces reportedly attacking Kyiv and other cities with missiles. Several news outlets, including the Guardian, New York Times and Agence France-Presse, have confirmed hearing explosions in the capital. • Speaking to the nation, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy confirmed 137 civilian and military fatalities so far. • Meanwhile in Russia, thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest the war, primarily in Moscow and St. Petersburg. The police made dozens of arrests.
• Earlier this morning, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, attacking military hubs and several major cities, including the capital Kyiv. There are dozens of fatalities already, according to Ukraine. • Images from Kyiv show some people fleeing the city via train or car, while others continue their daily lives. Many have sought refuge in basements, metro stations or bomb shelters. • One Kyiv-based nightlife worker told Resident Advisor that they were driving west to another city with their child, cat and friends. Their plan is to try and get to Berlin and stay “for a while.” All their club-related work has been put on hold.
• Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky has ordered a full military mobilisation, which will last 90 days. This includes banning men aged between 18 and 60 from leaving the country. • In Kyiv, a curfew is now in place, restricting citizens from leaving their homes between 10 PM and 7 AM. Public transport, which is now free, won’t run during that time, though the bomb shelters will stay open.
• Yesterday, February 23rd, Ukraine declared a 30-day state of emergency, effective as of midnight today. This bans protests and strikes and gives the government special powers to impose curfews and restrictions on movement, among other things. • Earlier this morning, Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, introduced martial law nationwide, though he didn’t specify any restrictions. He urged people to remain calm and stay at home, if possible. • In the capital, Kyiv, which was attacked overnight, martial law means schools are closed and anyone who isn’t a key worker should stay at home or seek shelter underground. • Ukraine has closed its airspace to civilian flights.
Resources / How to help
• Kyiv club Closer has posted a call to action via Instagram. • Berlin radio station HöR is hosting a fundraiser starting at 3 PM CET today. • Here’s a Linktree with various different ways to support the crisis in Germany, Romania and beyond, including organising transport, hosting refugees and visa info. • Babel is a trusted, Ukrainian news source with a version in English. Follow the story here. • If you want to hit the streets, here’s a list of all the protests happening around the world.
• For those on the ground in Kyiv, here’s a map of bomb shelters, via Google Maps. • This Google Doc lists various ways you can donate and support the crisis. • Booking agency Minor AM is hosting a fundraiser stream with Job Jobse, Carista, DJ Bone and more. Tune in via Twitch at 3 PM on Sunday, February 27th. More info here and donate via PayPal here. • Kyiv club ∄ has shared a link, via Instagram Stories, to this post containing donation links for various organisations, including People In Need, Caritas Ukraine and Ukraine Crisis Media Centre. • Standard Deviation, the label affiliated with ∄, has also shared a list of funds and organisations supporting the looming humanitarian crisis.