There is still good news – 22.01

The week was riddled with anxiety, but there is still good news. We are keeping you informed because it is awareness that overcomes panic.

We are not alone

Not only our closest neighbours, but also the entire world understands that Ukraine’s security today is the basis of international security. “It’s bigger than a conflict between two countries. It’s bigger than Russia and NATO. It’s a crisis with global consequences, and it requires global attention and action. […] That’s why governments and citizens everywhere should care about what’s happening in Ukraine. It may seem like a distant regional dispute or yet another example of Russian bullying, but at stake, again, are principles that have made the world safer and more stable for decades,” said U.S. State Secretary Antony Blinken in Berlin.

And the world is providing aid on an unprecedented scale. An additional $200 million in security assistance to Ukraine has been approved by the Joe Biden administration.

Canada will provide a loan of up to 120 million Canadian dollars to support economic stability.

The UK is already supplying weapons to Ukraine, and this intention has also been expressed by the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The US will provide M-17 helicopters.

Canadian and Spanish warships are on their way to the Black Sea. 

All this and more is being done to rule out any chance of success of a potential Russian offensive.

For the first time, the EU, the US, NATO and OSCE have held joint negotiations concerning Russia’s activities. In addition, last week, the US introduced sanctions against four Ukrainian politicians for destabilizing the situation in Ukraine in Russia’s favour.

Ukraine is building confidence

Ukraine is not panicking, taking practical steps instead. It actively implements both a diplomatic strategy to curb the aggressor and territorial defence steps.  It is learning how to use the weapons provided by its partners. It also prevents Russian provocations through information resistance.

Ukrainian society knows what to do

This is not the first time that Ukrainians have shown that they know how to unite in times of crisis. Following the brochure with general recommendations on actions in the time of an emergency, other civic and expert initiatives have emerged.

They include a handbook to prepare children for emergencies, recommendations for media workers and psychological advice. Awareness and specific action plans are the best safeguards against anxiety.

Other useful empowering projects are also being launched: a “media hygiene” tool NewsBoard and the It’s Okay platform for veterans.

Life goes on

Against an alarming background, it is easy to miss good things, but Ukraine still has numerous outstanding achievements and just quite a lot of good news.

Ukrainian 8th graders will participate in the 16th mission of space projects organized by Elon Musk, while the Ukrainian IT industry has seen a 36% growth.

Ukrainian surgeons operated on the esophagus with the help of a robot for the first time and did the first liver transplant to a one-year-old from a posthumous donor.

Ukrainian singer Alina Pash became one of the winners of the international Music Moves Europe Awards 2022.

The Commissioner for Language has no improvements to recommend to printed media in the capital: all of them comply with the law and have versions in Ukrainian.

Oxygen stations are to be set up in a hospital, and there is no shortage of COVID vaccines — about a million doses have been received from the US this week, and China is getting ready to send us another 200,00 doses.

So, life goes on. Keep calm and stay resilient to hostile propaganda.

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