Ukrainian Writers Establish Fund for Victims of Protests

Analysis & Opinion

Writers Oksana Zabuzhko, Serhiy Zhadan, Andriy Kurkov, and the former Minister of Health, Vasyl Kniazevych, launched “Humanitarian Solidarity,” a charitable fund providing medical and rehabilitation services for those injured during mass protests.

The program was announced on the website of the International Renaissance Foundation and included a statement from the organizers of the initiative:

“The mass protests that began on 21 November 2013 created great turmoil in Ukraine. In Kyiv and many other regions, hundreds of protesters, citizens, journalists, doctors, and members of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, were injured. Tragically, people died.

We do not seek to judge the innocent or guilty in this conflict that threatens the civil peace and the very existence of the Ukrainian state. History and the people will judge in the end. Today what is most essential for us–and for all of Ukraine–is our national solidarity to stop the bloodshed and, most of all, to provide medical assistance to all the victims.

We condemn all forms of violence against the injured and against the doctors that are providing medical assistance. We call on all parties not to allow the politicizing of medical care. We state that it is inadmissible to interfere with medical workers who are carrying out their humanitarian mission and performing their professional duties.

For this reason we now announce the launch of “Humanitarian Solidarity, a charitable program dedicated to providing treatment and rehabilitation of all those injured during the protests.

Aid will be delivered through self-organized community initiatives that are already providing charitable medical assistance for the victims, through their families and friends, and through community organizations interested in coordinating such assistance.

Since the treatment provided is often related to the protection of the victims’ rights to receive the treatment, the program will also resolve legal questions in each case. Decisions on assistance will be made by a board reputable and neutral doctors and lawyers.

We, members of the Supervisory Board, promise to ensure the honesty, accountability and the most efficient use of the funds raised.

The international foundation “Renaissance” will provide the organizational, administrative and informational support for this initiative.”

“Humanitarian Solidarity” is openly accepting charitable donations and is dedicated to transparency. Information about donations will be made available upon request.

For additional questions and suggestions email [email protected] or call (044) 484 04 87, 050 383 0 555.


Translated by Anna Mostovych

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  • joyce

    Please set up paypal. US people trust that.

  • Aahh

    HAHAHA.. The Confederate flag …same ideals: razism, unnoficial troops, separatist, fight against US, … courage but not enough brain. (in this case)

    • mcasshole

      You dumbass, it’s the official Russian Naval Jack! Why would Russian Nationalists take a flag from the CSA knowing their deep hatred for anything American?

      • dannynyman

        Because they are just a bunch of russian nazi-scum (i am from Russia) and they are ispired by CSA and they support racism.


        the CSA hated the USA too, so your point is lost. The adopted the most anti-American symbol out there that isn’t the hammer and sickle.

        • mcasshole

          hey SuperMensa, do you know anything about the Russian Armed Forces, obviously not because they are the ones that picked the national flag for New Russia and it is the Russian Naval Jack, maybe you should get your head out of your ass while you enjoy telling everyone your IQ and get into reality

        • Emmette Coleman

          The CSA’s full name was “Confederate Stares OF AMERICA”. They must have really hated America.

          • Mat

            What does the continent have to do with anything?

          • Emmette Coleman

            I kind of doubt that the “America” was meant to refer to the continent.

        • southron_98

          Wow are you sure about that? Because everything I have read stated they loved America. Source Library of Congress

  • George A. Wojtowycz

    Next they’ll be putting up cotton plantations – for the serfs to slave in!

  • George A. Wojtowycz

    Yep plantation – panshchyna! Bourbon and Vodka!

  • mario

    There’s a long tradition in Russia to use the blue St Andrews Cross, nothing to do with the Army of Northern Virginia battle flag.

    • Ken Griffith

      Well, it does have something to do with it. They are both self-consciously using St. Andrew’s Cross.

  • Truth Seeker

    Long Live Novorossiya Baby!

  • Mij Swerdna

    The flag is indeed the cross of St. Andrew and was associated with William Wallace long before it became the Confederate flag. If any meaning can be derived from the fact that it was previously known as the Confederate flag, that would be rebellion or succession. I hate to tell you this but racism is an American phenomenon more than anywhere else in the history of the world. These are of course Galician sentiments as well. Ukie Nazis really believe they are racially superior to the “Moskals” just as Hitler believed Germans were superior beings and that Jews should be exterminated.

    In any case, interesting choice. Ukrainian Policy, you should go a little easier on the propaganda, lol. Alexander Dugin is too much of an extremist, btw. Does more harm than good. Kinda reminds me of John McCain.

    • Mat

      Welcome to Bantown