The Volunteers that are Saving Ukraine


Imperiled by Russian invaders, private citizens are stepping forward to do what Ukraine’s government cannot.

August 10, 2022, article in The Altantic by Anne Applebaum. Photographs by Jedrzej Nowicki

…Across the city, students, accountants, hairdressers, and every other conceivable profession have joined what can only be described as an unprecedented social movement. They call themselves volonteri, and their organizations, their crowdfunding campaigns, and their activism help explain why the Ukrainian army has fought so hard and so well, why a decade-long Russian attempt to co-opt the Ukrainian state mostly failed, even (or maybe especially) in Russian-speaking Odesa…….read article

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