How Social Media is helping Humanitarian Efforts in Russia vs Ukraine War 

What is War

Destruction, Disaster, Violence, or the Conflict between the two groups of people, countries, companies, rivals etc

The answer is No.

War is such pain that is only felt, observed and experienced by the people involved.  

The world has witnessed the deadliest wars from prerecorded history to the 21st century. Wars like World War I, World War II, The Maratha War, Wars between Germans, Russians, Greek, England, US, Islamic nations etc. All wars are different in nature, conflict or rivalry. 

But what are the similarities in such wars? 

However, we are living in the 21st century where every people, country, the rival has set some boundaries and follows a simple notion – Peace

Sometimes things don’t work like what we think or expect. Earlier wars happened because of economic gain, revolution, religion, revenge etc. And of course, in the 21st century, there are fewer wars because of nuclear power, loss of countries’ wealth and people’s lives etc.

In the 21st century, the war ratio is much better than the earlier history. It is a positive sign for humanity, and we hope that there will be no deaths and destruction due to wars in future. 

Why am I talking about Wars? 

Currently, the world is witnessing the ongoing war between – Russia and Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent off a tactical activity against Ukraine on February 24, 2022. The Russian forces attacked Ukraine from a few bearings and this is being viewed as the start of the battle in Europe over Russia’s requests for a finish to NATO’s toward the east development.

This war united the people across the globe through constant support and humanitarian efforts. All of this is possible only because of social media. Social Media played a vital role in this war.  

We are not going to decide who is right or wrong but we have the right to decide the fate of humanity when it comes to war. As the contention between Russia and Ukraine unfurls, a large part of the world keeps on watching through social media. People are getting different versions of the story from social media. People can see and share important, dramatic and traumatic events quickly, which encourages social action or mobilization of humanitarian aid. 

Technology is being utilized in imaginative ways to directly service Ukraine amidst the Russian intrusion. Over half a million refugees have proactively escaped Ukraine, and organizations, like Airbnb, have moved forward to offer to lodge. Organizations, for example, Meta, Microsoft and Google have all taken measures to prevent Russian state media from profiting from a social stage. From offering evacuees their extra rooms to giving digital currency, individuals all over the planet have been utilizing innovation to channel help to Ukrainians since Russia sent off its tactical attack.

Internet connectivity in Ukraine has been disturbed by the Russian attack and has done whatever it takes to control data at home by limiting admittance to social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook. In a bid to keep Ukraine on the web, SpaceX tycoon Elon Musk has said the organization’s Starlink satellite broadband assistance had been initiated in Ukraine and SpaceX was sending more terminals to the country.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, organizations giving social media and informing administrations have found a way a wide cluster of ways to counter destructive disinformation, mark or obstruct state-supported or state-partnered media, and introduce extra safety measures.

For over a decade, digital platforms have assumed a significant and filling part in emergencies, clashes, and wars. As in Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel/Palestine, Libya, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Syria, among others, individuals use stages to document human rights abuses in conflicts, condemn atrocities, appeal to the international community for action and crowdsource relief and assistance. Stages are additional spaces where legislatures and others spread disinformation, prompt viciousness, coordinate activities, and enlist contenders. The conflict in Ukraine is no special case.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has been dynamic via social media to energize support while Russian President Vladimir Putin likes to utilize radio and TV.  Social media is progressively assuming a part in impacting worldwide governmental issues.

Without a doubt, during this conflict, new innovations have worked with certain techniques that had not been utilized previously, including the accompanying: 

  • Anybody can now follow where the Russian oligarchs have escaped because of a Florida undergrad, Jack Sweeney who made a calculation that tracks their private jets.
  • Moms and fathers of Russian fighters who are looking for their children can go to a site set up by Ukrainians that gives data about the whereabouts of the officers and data about whether they are caught or dead.
  • Gathering of youthful Ukrainians that consider themselves a “social media resistance group” with a mission to convey media posts through TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook to disperse data about the conflict.

Social media played an integral part in the evacuation process of students, visitors or tourists from other countries. Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter are filled with photographs and recordings of shootings, blasts, and wore out Russian tanks and structures. There are additional recordings of fights, deserted collections of warriors, and a surge of Ukrainian displaced people flooding into surrounding nations.

The internet has additionally permitted collaboration among Ukrainians and individuals across the globe. These trades have assisted the Ukrainians with feeling less detached and have enabled numerous to uncover their own accounts.

The war is still ongoing. We hope that with the help of humanitarian efforts across the globe and with a sense of peace this war will be over soon. 


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