Russian invasion of Ukraine protest march

‘A flame was lit in our hearts’ — How Ukrainians are building online networks for resistance and mutual aid

By Eleftheria Kousta, Waging Nonviolence

This article was originally published on Waging Nonviolence. As the world watched Russia invade Ukraine this winter, many no doubt wondered what they would do if it was their friends and family under attack. Sitting behind a screen, as so many of us are most of the day, it can be hard to imagine the options at our fingertips. But many Ukrainians facing the brutal realities of war — both within the country and in other parts of the world — found themselves forced into action, some with little more than the drive to help and an internet connection. From posting on Instagram to organizing via Telegram to offering rides and shelter, these people are finding creative ways to resist and fight for their future. One such person is Yuliya, a Ph.D. candidate at the Max Planck School of Cognition, who has been living in Germany for the past six years....