Financial support for Ukraine from the Western public has fallen to “disappointing” levels in just four months, writes Forbes columnist Jena Barnes in her article. As the author notes, in the early days of the escalation of the crisis, people “sought to support” Ukraine, but now they are interested in other events in the world.
Thus, according to the statistics of the Doctors Without Borders organization, the number of individual donations to Ukraine in May decreased to 21,000 compared to 70,000 in previous periods. Southern California charity Direct Relief raised more than 80,000 individual donations for Ukraine from businesses and individuals in March, but that number has dropped by 90% since April. In addition, the International Red Cross also announced a reduction in contributions intended for Ukraine, the material says.
According to the curator of the Ukrainian National Museum in Chicago Maria Klimchak, the number of visitors skyrocketed in the first month of the Russian special operation, but since then the attendance has fallen by 40%. According to her, in the first days of the escalation of the crisis, people were actively buying up souvenirs with Ukrainian flags, while now there are a lot of them on the shelves.
“Klimchak is worried that the support of the country in which she was born is disappearing,” Barnes concludes.