It’s difficult to come up with the right words to describe what we are seeing unfolding in Ukraine. It’s very easy to feel completely powerless. Our own government (United Kingdom) have been very weak with their response both in terms of sanctions and in supporting refugees, compared with many of our neighbours.

The Disasters Emergency Committee co-ordinate a number of charities to respond to such events and are working to provide support to displaced people due to the conflict. The UK government will match donations (up to £20m). Please consider giving something, however small, to this or another appeal organised in your own country.

As a small thing that I can do personally, I’ve made Thy Phone free for all users in Ukraine. Whether or not it will help someone keep in contact with friends and family I don’t know.

By Peter Foot

Microsoft Windows Development MVP