Rhode Island educators raise money for medical supplies for Ukraine
Michael Kennedy speaks with NBC 10 about his Friends of Ukraine initiative that seeks to send medical aid to the country. (WJAR)

A group of educators is raising money to send medical supplies to Ukraine.

It’s been almost a week since Russia invaded Ukraine and the number of injured and dead continues to rise.

The group called “Friends of Ukraine Rhode Island” is hoping to help those in need.

Michael Kennedy, a professor of sociology and international public affairs at Brown University is one of the organizers.

The Rhode Island statehouse is lit in support of Ukraine. (WJAR)

“This is one of those moments where we can redefine the quality of solidarity in the world,” Kennedy told NBC 10.

He has written and taught extensively on Ukraine and its history.

“Ukraine has been invaded in the last week but has been at war for 8 years,” says Kennedy. “In many ways, Ukrainians are prepared for this kind of war but the brutality the intensity of this kind of attack is shocking even for them.”

The group was formed in 2014, and its members include educators and healthcare workers with personal networks to Ukraine.

The group is hoping to raise enough money to help bring emergency medical equipment to the front lines like paramedic backpacks, medical splints, and antibiotics.

To donate to Friends of Ukraine, click here. 

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