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How you can help Ukraine from Spain

Spain may be 2,887 kilometres from Ukraine, but as the situation escalates and more Ukrainians are forced to leave their homes or stay and fight, it’s clear that the country needs international support. Here are a few things that those in Spain can do to help.

How you can help Ukraine from Spain
Demonstrators hold signs and wave Ukrainian and Spanish flags during a protest against Russia's invasion of Ukraine on La Marina square in Malaga on February 28, 2022. - Russia and Ukraine. Here's how you can help Ukrainians from Spain. (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO / AFP)

Since Russia invaded Ukraine last week on February 24th, the United Nations have said that around 800,000 civilians have already fled the country.

The EU estimates that the number could rise to four million, fleeing to nearby countries such as Poland, Romania, Hungary, and Moldova, as well as other countries within the EU. 

Residents in Spain may feel helpless as they watch events in Ukraine and the border countries unfold, but there are plenty of things you can to do help from afar and make a difference. 

READ ALSO: How Spain is helping Ukraine (and is it enough?)

Donations

One of the main things you can do to help the situation in Ukraine is to donate money to various charities and NGOs who can buy and send supplies to the people who need them the most. 

Since the conflict began, there are already numerous campaigns and appeals from some of the world’s largest charities and aid organisations. 

UNHCR

The United Nations and humanitarian partners have launched coordinated emergency appeals for a combined US$1.7 billion to urgently deliver humanitarian support to people in Ukraine and refugees in neighbouring countries. Donate here

International Red Cross

International Red Cross water engineers and doctors aim to help more than three million people access clean water and improve the living conditions of more than 66,000 whose homes have been damaged by heavy fighting. Donate here

UNICEF

UNICEF is working to scale up life-saving support for Ukraine’s 7.5 million children and their families. Donate here

United Help Ukraine

A non-profit charitable organisation aiming to provide medical supplies, humanitarian aid and help for those wounded and their families. Donate here

READ ALSO: Spain backtracks and will send weapons to ‘Ukraine resistance’

CARE International

CARE has partnered with ‘People in Need’ to provide emergency assistance to the people of Ukraine affected by this crisis. Donate here

Cáritas

Cáritas has been working in Ukraine since 2014 and has people on the ground to help. It aims to aid those most vulnerable, including the elderly and children. Donate here

Stay the Night 

If you are an accommodation provider, such as a hostel owner or run an airbnb, bed and breakfast or hotel, you can help by donating some of your rooms to Ukrainian refugees via Stay the Night. Marketing agency Stay the Night has launched this program in partnership with BudgetTraveller and you can find out more about it here

Aid 

According to Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE) there are just over 112,000 Ukrainians living in Spain and many of them have been organising aid in the form of food and medical supplies to be sent over to Ukraine to help their friends and families in need.

If you can’t donate money, here’s where you can donate things such as food, clothes and medical supplies in different areas in Spain. 

In Madrid

The supermarket Ucramarket (Calle Méndez Alvaro, 8) is collecting clothes, food, blankets, and medicines to send to refugees in Poland and Romania. 

The Asociación Cultural Svitanok is asking for medicines and medical supplies to send to hospitals in Ukraine. They will publish the collection points, days and times on their Facebook page.

In Barcelona

The Ukrainian community in Barcelona has set up collection points across the city for food donations and other materials, which they will send to Ukraine via the Ukrainian Consulate.  

These include Rambla Santa Mónica 9, Calle Balmes 100, Calle Pont del Treball Digne 15 and Calle Enric Bagés 9.

Volunteers packs essential goods as part of a collection campaign for Ukraine, organised by the “Svitanok” cultural Ukrainian association in Madrid. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP)

In Malaga

Volunteers are mainly collecting medicines and first aid products to send to Ukraine such as bandages, iodine, pain relievers, ointments for burns, or hygiene products. They are also after generators, torches, blankets and sleeping bags, batteries, baby food, mats, boots, and non-perishable food.

You can drop them off at the following collection points: 

  • At the caravan car park at Costa Golf near the airport
  • On the Guadalmar highway in front of Leroy Merlin from 10am
  • At the Ukrainian supermarket Mix Sabores near El Corte Inglés
  • At the Mini Market on Calle Salitre 12

There are also collection points in the following towns within the Malaga province:

Torremolinos – At the Aguas de Torremolinos centre (Calle Periodista Federico Alba, 7 from 10am – 8pm).

Fuengirola – Kapriz (Calle Palangreros,14), Tienda Gurman de Los Boliches (Avda. Jesús Cautivo, 19) and Los Boliches-Suitte (Calle Las Salinas, 16. Every day from 10am to 8pm.

Benalmádena – Cafetería Prosvita (Avda. Manuel Mena Palma)

Mijas Pueblo – Sunshine Language School (Avda. de Méjico, 6). From Tuesday to Thursday from 10am – 1.45pm and from 4pm – 8pm. As well as Friday from 10am – 1:45pm and from 4pm to 6pm.

In Seville

Ukrainian Catholic Church in Seville
Located on Calle Santa Clara, the church is collecting donations from Monday to Friday 10am – midday and from 5pm to 7pm.

Colegio de Enfermería de Sevilla
Situated on Avenida de Ramón y Cajal 20, the hospital is collecting donations Monday to Friday from 8:30am – 2:30pm and Monday to Thursday also from 5pm to 7:30pm.

In Valencia

The Fallero Centre (Calle Artes y Oficios 15) will be collecting medicines, medical supplies, non-perishable food, diapers, flashlights, candles and other basic necessities every day from 7pm.

Protest

Another way you can help and show your support for Ukraine is by joining anti-war protests. There are various protests taking place throughout Spain in front of Russian consulates and in main squares. Look on local social media pages to find out when and where these are taking place. 

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Russia expels dozens of Spanish and other European diplomats

Moscow on Wednesday kicked out 27 diplomats from Spain, as well as dozens more from France and Italy in retaliation for the expulsion of Russian diplomats from European countries as part of a joint action against Russia's campaign in Ukraine.

Russia expels dozens of Spanish and other European diplomats

Spain has lashed out at Russia for expelling 27 Spanish diplomats in what appeared to be a tit-for-tat response over a similar move by Madrid against Russian diplomats over the Ukraine conflict.

The employees of the Spanish embassy in Moscow and the Spanish Consulate General in Saint Petersburg “have been declared persona non grata” and will have seven days to leave Russia.

 “Russian authorities justify this decision on grounds of reciprocity for the expulsion of 27 Russian embassy officials in April. But that expulsion was based on justified security reasons, which are not present in this case,” a foreign ministry statement said.

The Spanish decision was taken in early April just days after dozens of bodies in civilian clothing were found on the streets of Bucha just outside Kyiv following the withdrawal of Russian troops, raising allegations of Russian war crimes.

At the time, the foreign ministry said it would expel the Russian diplomats on grounds they were “a threat to (Spain’s) interests and security”.

The Russian ambassador was not among those asked to leave.

The ministry told Spanish ambassador Marcos Gómez Martínez that the expulsion of Russian diplomats from Madrid “would have a negative impact on Russian-Spanish relations”.

Spain’s decision was part of a coordinated move across Europe that saw more than 200 Russian envoys sent home in 48 hours on grounds of alleged spying or “national security reasons” as outrage grew over the atrocities in Ukraine.

More European diplomats expelled

Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement it was expelling 34 “employees of French diplomatic missions” in Russia and gave them two weeks to leave the country.

Moscow made the announcement after summoning France’s ambassador to Russia, Pierre Levy, and telling him that the expulsion of 41 employees of Russian diplomatic missions was a “provocative and unfounded decision”, the statement said.

While there was no official statement, the foreign ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed to Russian news agencies that 24 Italian diplomats had also been expelled.

The foreign ministry in Paris said France “strongly condemns” the expulsion of its diplomats by Russia, adding that this step from Moscow had “no legitimate basis”.

It said the work of French diplomats in Russia “takes place fully within the framework of the Vienna Convention on diplomatic and consular relations” — whereas Paris expelled Russian staff in April on suspicion of being spies.

‘Hostile act’

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi condemned the expulsions as a “hostile act” but said diplomatic channels must remain open “because it’s through those channels that, if possible, peace (in Ukraine) will be achieved”.

Separately, municipal lawmakers in Moscow on Wednesday backed a decision to name a previously unnamed area in front of the US embassy in Moscow “Donbas Defenders Square”.

The name refers to a majority Russian-speaking region in eastern Ukraine that Russia says it is liberating as part of its military campaign.

In February 2018, a street outside the Russian embassy in Washington was named after Boris Nemtsov, an opposition politician who was shot dead outside the Kremlin in 2015.

President Vladimir Putin in late February sent troops into Ukraine, saying the campaign aimed to stop the “genocide” of Russian speakers in the pro-Western country.

In response Moscow has faced a barrage of international sanctions and growing isolation from the global community as relations with the West deteriorate to Cold War levels.

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