A year ago, on February 24th, 2022 Russia invaded Ukraine and started a full-scale war. During the last 12 months, the whole world witnessed numerous war crimes committed by the Russian army: rocket shelling of civilian houses, unlawful deportation of Ukrainian children, massacres, rapes and tortures. Many cities, like Mariupol, were completely destroyed. Some cities, like Kherson, Nikopol, and Kharkiv, and numerous villages are being shelled almost every day.

During the past year, Russia deported more than 2 million civilians from Ukraine, fired approximately 4,5 thousand missiles at Ukrainian cities and villages, and Russian troops destroyed more than 120,000 civilian infrastructure facilities, including power plants, schools, kindergartens, and numerous residential buildings. According to the official website of Ukraine, 461 children felt victims of Russia’s war against Ukraine.

During the year of full-scale war, we have also seen international communities unite as never before, showing support to the Ukrainian refugees, civilians and military. However, after a year of war, there is still no end in sight. As humanitarian catastrophes caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine keep unfolding, Russian bombs and rockets keep hitting residential buildings in Ukraine, and Ukrainian refugees keep seeking help abroad, we feel the need to address civic society actors, volunteers, media workers and activists around the world with a message: keep supporting Ukraine and Ukrainian people, who are fighting for their democracy, freedom and independence.
Arm Ukraine
We support Ukrainian people in their right to defend themselves. We oppose the claims of western populists (such as Alternative for Germany) and leftists and pacifists (such as leftist party Die LINKE), who insist on a “peace agreement” with the Russian government and therefore publicly speak against weapon delivery to Ukraine. We don’t share a position that Ukraine must surrender. It creates pressure on those who bravely fight back and also gives Russia green light to put claims over territories of neighbouring countries. The war can only be ended with a full victory for Ukraine by regaining control over their territories and returning to their 1991 territorial borders.
Support Ukraine
After one year, the support of people directly suffering from the war is still as vital as possible. In some cases providing humanitarian aid and systematic help for Ukraine has become even more difficult. Therefore we encourage everyone who reads this message to join humanitarian and volunteering initiatives, on site and online - below in the interviews our Ukrainian partner organisations are sharing their needs.

Helping Ukraine to spread reliable and current information is an effective tool against Russia’s propaganda and information war. Sign up to the official news sources and donate to support Ukrainian media, such as The Kyiv Independent, who during the endless year of russian aggression continued their work despite the shellings and electricity cut-offs.
Donate to Ukraine
During the last 12 months, we received from you over 30,000 euros. The received donations of 25,000€ were spent on first aid kits and medical equipment to Kyiv, humanitarian aid to Kharkiv, humanitarian aid and support for Ukrainian refugees with disabilities in Germany (Sunflower Care). We also covered the costs of the visit of teenagers from Mariupol at documenta15 in Kassel, and supported our partner in Zaporizhzhya (Soldatski prival), who helps Ukrainian troops with groceries and supplies.

In the last weeks, we’ve collected additional 5,530 euros to support our alumni and partner organisations. By now, we’ve raised funds for Laska collective in Kyiv, new housing for IDPs built by Co-Haty in Ivano-Frankivsk and for support of the Ukrainian army with drinking water, food and ammunition in Zaporizhzhia. We have also fundraised money and helped purchase and deliver 2 reconnaissance drones for the 108th Separate Mountain Assault Battalion of Ukraine. 100 % of your donations go directly to Ukrainian organizations. We cover all transfer fees and other administrative costs ourselves. Please keep donating to us or other trustworthy foundations and organisations that help Ukraine. Click here for bank information and other details.
Civil society in times of war:  How do our partners continue their work in Ukraine?
One year has passed since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, and since then the population has been struggling with deadly attacks on their homes and infrastructure, personal losses of their family and friends, power and heating outages, and much more. But it is not only the lives of Ukrainians that have been affected by the Russian invasion; their work has also had to adapt to the circumstances of war. This also affects our partners in Ukraine, with whom Dekabristen e.V. had already been working with and implementing projects together for many years. On the anniversary of the invasion, we asked our partners "Laska" (Kyiv), "Cultprojector" (Zaporizhzhia) as well as "Feminist Workshop" (Lviv) how the war has influenced their work, how they can be supported and what expectations they have of their international partners.
“The lives of disabled persons from and in Ukraine are in constant danger.”
As an NGO located in Berlin we want to raise awareness for the more than 50.000 Ukrainian refugees that arrived in Berlin in the last year. The reopening of the hangars in Tempelhof and the situation of refugees sleeping in tents at Tegel airport are not a solution to create humane living conditions. We acknowledge the work of numerous civic initiatives in this city to support refugees!

Sunflower Care e.V. supports disabled, neurodivergent, chronically ill and war wounded children and adults from and in Ukraine and their caregivers. The volunteers co-organize and co-coordinate evacuations from war zones to Germany, and other safe countries in Europe or cities in Ukraine. The lives of disabled persons from and in Ukraine are in constant danger. No electricity and no heating means: if a person uses a ventilator in everyday life or should charge their aids to survive, if the person cannot move and their body does not produce heat, if the person needs urgent surgery and medical treatment, their life is in danger.

In Germany, Sunflower Care e.V. accompanies disabled and ill persons and their carers in the bureaucratic processes and takes care of necessary needs, such as medicine, wheelchairs and rollators. Another problem is the rejectionism of the integration system and the violation of human rights in collective housing and other facilities in Germany and other countries.

The team of Sunflower Care e.V. calls on civil society to stand up for the rights of disabled refugees and demand barrier-free accommodation in private housing units, access to barrier-free information, to assistance, aids, therapeutic support, education and leisure activities.

To continue this work, Sunflower Care e.V. needs your financial support.
Money can be sent via PayPal to: donations@sunflower-care.org.

Sunflower Care e.V. also needs new people to join the team to support disabled people and their carers from Ukraine in Germany. Please write to the email: info@sunflower-care.org.
Demos and events in Berlin
Around the anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, there are numerous demonstrations and public events planned in Berlin, and we encourage you to join them and show your solidarity.
On February 24, 16:00 there will be a march #FullScaleFreedom organised by the civil society association of young Ukrainians “Vitsche” in collaboration with the LibMod. “russia must be held accountable for its criminal war and the suffering it has brought upon Ukraine. We intend to remind the international community of russia’s ongoing violations of international law, its terror against Ukrainian civilians, as well as the human rights abuses and war crimes being committed by russia’s occupation forces.” The start is at Café Kyiv, Karl-Marx-Allee 34, 10178 Berlin. We participate in the demo and the anti-imperialist bloc within the Vitsche demo and invite you to join us!

On February 21, 19:00 we invite you to a book discussion with Ukrainian writer and poet Tanya Pyankova, who has written a novel on Holodomor called “Вік червоних мурах“ (The Age of the Red Ants), for which she combined and assembled in an imagined place what she found in archive documents from that time. As she writes in the epilogue, her novel is about "the horrible, unjustifiable terror that the occupying state of Russia began against Ukraine in 1908 and is continuing to this day". Venue: Panda platforma.
Book discussion
Tanya Pyankova “The Age of Red Ants”

On February 25, the Ukrainian contemporary art festival Art — Weapon! presents a full day and night of newly emerging culture during wartime from Ukrainian musicians, painters, performers, and other artists. “After all, the strength of Ukrainians is in the diversity of our vision, feelings, and experiences, united in a single idea of the victory of light over darkness”.
Art — Weapon!

On 27 February, numerous Berlin-based organisations are joining to host the event Cafe Kyiv – We Choose Freedom. “Throughout the day, Cafe Kyiv will host workshops, discussions, talks, salons and culture. Freedom, Europe, security and recovery will be on the agenda. Through art, history, films, cuisine and the creative scene, we want to rediscover Ukraine and listen to its diverse voices”. Due to limited space, registration is required.
Cafe Kyiv – We Choose Freedom

The Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine contradicts the just and peaceful goals of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. On 1 March, 18:00, the civil society Coalition for Sustainable Development of Russia (CSDR) will present a report on the implications for Sustainable Development in Russia resulting from the country’s military aggression and the repression against its own population.
The Invasion of Ukraine: Implications for the SDGs in Russia

We keep supporting Ukraine and Ukrainians, especially, activists, volunteers, partner organisations in Ukraine and abroad. We also support journalists, artists, activists, political prisoners and refugees from other countries, who share our values and policies on the Russian war in Ukraine, who fight against the Putin and Lukashenko regimes, against dictatorship and imperialism in the countries of the former USSR. Soon, we’ll present to you our new programs and opportunities, tell you more about our transition and strategies.