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Ukraine: Kharkiv Volunteers Shore Up Border, Morale

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The Help Army crew of volunteers has been working for four weeks to reinforce several checkpoints located at the Russian border.

Last spring, as Ukraine mobilized to resist Russian aggression in Crimea and Donbas, hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of funds began to pour into the accounts of grass-roots organizations that sprang up to support the beleaguered army.
 
As of late October, a third of Ukrainians report having donated money to the war effort, a significant percentage for a country that ranked 150 out of 153 in charitable giving as recently as 2011. The surge in giving is not limited to cash; Ukrainians both at home and abroad have donated everything from underwear to planes.
 
A lesser known aspect of civilian support, however, has been the time and expertise donated by non-combatant volunteers, either through private one-time initiatives, such as individuals driving supplies to the front, or via sustained and relatively well-organized programs.
 

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Katya Kumkova is a EurasiaNet staff reporter.

Ukraine: Kharkiv Volunteers Shore Up Border, Morale

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