An ad-hoc network in Europe is helping Ukrainians flee—and fight—the Russian invasion.
When the war started, Ukrainian Pavlo Pedenko, a thirty-three-year-old senior product manager at a fintech company Wise, had moved from London to Budapest, to be nearer to Ukraine.
He had since helped to ship hundreds of computers to the Ukrainian Army, and also to connect refugees travelling to similar destinations through BlaBlaCar, a ride-sharing app that is popular in Central Europe.
“I considered going back to Ukraine, but there’s no way I could do this volunteering work,” he said. “There’s no normal Internet connection there. And being less distracted by a bomb going off over your head is helpful when you’re actually trying to accomplish something.”
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- Come Back Alive is one of the largest charitable foundations that supports Ukrainian soldiers, founded by the IT specialist Vitaliy Deynega. The organization collected more than 210 million UAH (more than $7M) in 2014. According to Na chasi, the Patreon page Come Back Alive is in the top ten projects by the number of financial donations.
- Army SOS, which develops drones;
- Everybody Can, an organization that supports internally displaced people;
- Help on the Ministry of Defense website.