A Fourth Way to Help Ukraine

“What’s needed right now, however, is non-lethal equipment and supplies to Ukraine’s Territorial Defense Forces – the country’s reserve units. The Territorial Defense Forces (TDF) have demonstrated their courage and effectiveness and are a strategic key to victory.”

– Fighting Chance Ukraine

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– Paul De Lancey, Ph.D.


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Ukrainian Syrniki (Cheese Pancakes)

Ukrainian Breakfast

(Cheese Pancakes)


2 eggs
1 pound farmers’ cheese or cottage cheese
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ cup flour (5 tablespoons more later)
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup raisins (optional)
3 tablespoons flour (2½ tablespoons more later)
2 tablespoons flour
1½ tablespoons vegetable oil (½ tablespoon per batch)
3 tablespoons sour cream (optional)
1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar

Serves 4. Takes 40 minutes.


Add eggs to mixing bowl. Beat eggs well with whisk. Add cheese. Mix with whisk until well blended. Add baking powder, ½ cup flour, salt, and sugar. Mix with whisk until batter is well blended. Fold in raisins.

Spread 3 tablespoons flour over flat surface. Ladle batter evenly oven flour. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons flour on batter.

Add ½ tablespoon vegetable oil to large pan. Heat oil at medium heat until a bit of batter begins to dance. Use spatula to carefully add 2″ square pieces of flour-covered batter. (Don’t let them touch each other. You might need to cook in batches.) Cook for 2 minutes per side or until brown all over. Repeat for each batch. If desired, garnish with sour cream or confectioners’ sugar.


1) This is the first time my tidbits have not been funny. Twelve days before writing this, Putin ordered a unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. This is an existential war for the defenders. I so wish for better days for Ukraine. The nation’s flag is on the left. The country’s symbol, the sunflower, is on the right.



Paul De Lancey, The Comic Chef, Ph.D.

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How to Help Ukraine – A Third Set of Ways

Please help Ukraine

My apologies to the author of the following. I lifted it clean. I hope this is okay. I cannot verify much of the following information, possibly because of the invasion. I just don’t know. I feel more comfortable giving the previously creditable organizations. But Ukraine is really hurting. Please, please, let me know what you know about the following links. Thank you so much.
For those who don’t know Ukrainian but would like to follow the news I’d suggest following these resources in English:
They also have a great article where you can find out how you as a foreigner can
The Babel Бабель has created a feed where they post updates in English:
An official Державна прикордонна служба України – Border Guard of Ukraine (they post in Ukrainian and English)
If you want to donate money there is a charity foundation Come Back Alive Повернись живим that provides essential supplies, software, medicines and equipment for Ukrainian army:
For people who live in the US their donation could be tax-deductible through these fundraisers:
The National Bank of Ukraine Національний банк України has decided to open a special fundraising account to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The number of the special account: UA843000010000000047330992708.
For UAH:
Банк: Національний банк України
МФО 300001
Рахунок № UA843000010000000047330992708
код ЄДРПОУ 00032106
Отримувач: Національний банк України
For USD:
Account: 400807238
383 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10179, USA
For GBP:
Bank of England, London
Account: 40000982
Threadneedle Street, London EC2R 8AH, UK
For EUR:
Account: 5040040066
IBAN DE05504000005040040066
Wilhelm-Epsteinn-Strabe 14, 60431 Frankfurt Am Main,Germany
The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy is addressing all citizens of the world, friends of Ukraine, peace and democracy.
Foreigners have the right to join the Armed Forces of Ukraine for military service under Contract of a voluntary basis to be included in the Territorial Defense Forces of the Armed Forced of Ukraine. A separate subdivision is being formed of foreigners entitled the International Legion for the Territorial Defense of Ukraine. There is no greater contribution witch you can make for the sake of peace.
For enrolment and details please contact the Defense Attaché of the Embassy of Ukraine in your country (contact information – on the website of the Embassy).
To get more information about our culture and history you can check Ukrainer in English
(They have other 10+ languages you can chose from)
and this site:
And the most important thing – don’t trust any Russian news. Don’t read them, don’t use them as a source, it’s fully fabricated trash that won’t help you to understand what’s going on here.
Please, support Ukraine in every possible way.
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How to Help Ukraine – 7 More Ways

I copied this from a post by I hope they will forgive me.

How to help the people of Ukraine: 7 things you can do right now

Amid one of the biggest geopolitical storms in decades, Ukrainians are crowdsourcing a list of organizations where foreigners can donate.

[Source Images: Klaus Vedfelt/Getty]

Update Thursday, February 24, 4:40 p.m. ET: We’ve added additional resources to this story following the full-scale invasion of Ukraine. 

On Tuesday, Russia ordered troops into parts of Ukraine, creating one of the biggest geopolitical storms in decades in a move that President Biden called “the beginning of a Russian invasion.” The reaction from governments around the world has been swift, with Russia itself and its biggest companies and richest citizens being hit with economic sanctions. However, those have done hardly anything yet to deter Russia, and many believe Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, won’t stop until his ultimate goal is achieved—taking the capital of Kyiv.

Only time will tell how Putin’s move will impact our future history, but right now the people of Ukraine are suffering. Already Ukrainian soldiers and civilians have been killed and parents are preparing for the worst, sending their children to school with blood type identification stickers in case of bombings.

While most of us feel helpless when confronted with geopolitical machinations of this scale, there are ways you can help the citizens of Ukraine right now. As journalist Jane Lytvynenko pointed out on Twitter, Ukrainians have put together a list of organizations where foreigners can donate, both to help the Ukrainian army and its private citizens. Those organizations include:

  • Come Back Alive and Army SOS: both will use donated funds to help purchase supplies for the Ukrainian military, including ammunition, shields, and food.
  • Razom for UkraineHelp for UkraineSunflower of Peace, and Revived Soldiers Ukraine: these four organizations will use donations to fund medical aid for the people of Ukraine, including the purchase of first aid kits, backpacks stuffed with medical supplies, and medical rehabilitation for injured soldiers.
  • The Kyiv Independent: finally, you can help fund English-language journalism in the country by donating to the Kyiv Independent at its Patreon of GoFundMe accounts.
  • Committee to Protect Journalists: CPJ is calling for the protection of journalists in Ukraine following the invasion. Donate here.
  • International Rescue Committee: This group helps families in conflict zones around the world, including in Ukraine. Make an emergency donation here.

Michael Grothaus is a novelist, journalist, and former screenwriter. His debut novel EPIPHANY JONES is out now from Orenda Books. You can read more about him at

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