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© Reuters. Starlink logo seen on smartphone in front of the Ukrainian flag. Illustration taken February 27, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

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(Reuters] – As more than a million people fled Russia after the invasion of Russia, companies across North America and Europe began offering assistance to Ukrainian officials and those fleeing violence.

Here are some examples of companies who have supported us. There are more to come in the next days.

ENERGY

TotalEnergies announced Tuesday that it will fuel the Ukrainian authorities, and provide aid for refugees in Europe. But TotalEnergies opted not to join Shell (LON/NYSE:), and BP in their plans to sell off positions in Russia.

COMMUNICATIONS

Ukraine claimed Monday that it received Starlink satellite internet terminals from SpaceX. However, CEO Elon Musk warned the company and an internet security researcher that these may become Russian targets.

Over a dozen providers of telecom services are offering free calls from Ukraine to other countries or eliminating roaming fees. Firms taking measures include A1 Telekom Austria (OTC:) Group, Altice Portugal, AT&T (NYSE:), Deutsche Telekom (OTC:), Orange, Proximus, Swisscom, Telefonica (NYSE:), Telenor, Telia Company, TIM, KPN, Vivacom and Vodafone (NASDAQ:).

FOOD AND BLANKETS

Biedronka, Poland’s biggest food retailer, announced that it will hire relatives of 1,800 Ukrainian workers. Each employee would receive 1,000 Zloty ($233). The company also promised to donate more than $1 million for food, hygiene, and cleaning supplies to refugees.

A spokesman for Jysk said that the company will supply blankets and other supplies to refugees who are in dire need. This was in addition to the eight store reopenings in Western Ukraine.

ACCOMMODATION

Airbnb claimed it is working with hosts to offer short-term accommodation for free to as many refugees from Ukraine and temporarily waived its booking fees.

Nordic Choice offered lodging at no cost in Vilnius, while Poland’s Arche Hotels stated that 1,000 people had fled Russia three days before Russia invaded. They also requested clothes, Polish books, and toys for the children fleeing Ukraine.

HEALTHCARE

Sweden’s Medicover, and LuxMed, a private Polish provider, said that they provide free assistance at the border. Gdansk-based Nivique offered free gynaecological care to refugees.

Merck & Co said it has delivered 135,000 courses of its COVID-19 antiviral pill through an agreement with the government and donated 100,000 courses of the drug to an aid organization providing medical support in the region.

L’Oreal, the French cosmetics manufacturer, said that it intended to ship 300,000 products to Ukraine within weeks. Eli Lilly, the U.S. pharmaceutical company (NYSE:), has pledged to provide over $9M worth of insulin and COVID-19 medication supplies to humanitarian organizations there. General Electric (4,000,000) in medical equipment, such as portable x-ray units or ventilators.

Travel

Central and Western Europe’s train companies have given free travel to Ukrainians. They included German Deutsche Bahn and Polish PKP Intercity Trains. Flixbus claimed it would provide more buses for free to take passengers to the main Polish border crossing at Medyka.

Panek CarSharing (car rental company) and 4Mobility (4Mobility) said that parts of their cars would be used to transport the border, and they invited volunteers. Uber (NYSE :), however, announced unrestricted free rides between the Polish borders and cities.

LOGISTICS

Ryanair has begun transporting medical supplies from Ireland and the UK to Polish airports after suspending all flights from Ukraine to Ryanair. This was announced by its CEO on Wednesday.

Trans.EU claimed it had set up a network for carriers from Western Europe that would bring goods to Ukraine, and InPost CEO Krakow said he will mobilize parts of his fleet of parcel groups to help the border.

BANKING

Several banks offered to pay no or partial refunds for Ukraine transfers, such as the Dutch lender ING, Poland’s mBank, and BNP Paribas’s Polish branch. These branches also provided free withdrawals to Ukrainian clients. Nordea Bank ABP has also eliminated transaction fees when donating to charity that provides emergency relief.

DONATIONS EXCEEDING $5 MILLION MLN

Multinational corporations and their foundations pledge cash to aid organizations. These include $16million from Lego Denmark (OTC) and $10 million each by crypto giant Binance (OTC). $5 million each comes from Jeronimo Marrska, Jeronimo Martins and LVMH in France, as well as $5 million each coming from Biedronka (owner Jeronimo), Amazon.com (NASDAQ:).

($1 = 4.2888 zlotys, 6.6991 Danish crowns, 0.9007 euros)

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