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The members of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the national societies of the Red Cross or Red Crescent.

The Red Cross Society of Ukraine is an all-Ukrainian voluntary public humanitarian organization that assists the state in providing humanitarian assistance during armed conflicts and in peacetime, participates in providing international assistance in case of disasters and emergencies, provides medical and social assistance to the most vulnerable. , teaches first aid skills, helps to recover losses due to armed conflicts, natural disasters or migration processes of family ties, provides psychosocial support, etc.

For a list of our activities and information on them, see the link.

Please contact the organization of the Red Cross Society of Ukraine at the place of residence or registration with a package of necessary documents proving your identity and substantiating difficult life circumstances. You will be told when and how to get help.

No, the Red Cross of Ukraine is a humanitarian organization, not a medical one.

The Ukrainian Red Cross Society has rapid response teams that provide first aid to victims of armed conflicts and natural disasters, teaches first aid skills, in some regions provides medical services to the population through its own medical and social centers, mobile medical teams,  promotes blood donation, disseminates information on the prevention of dangerous infectious diseases (including COVID-19), distributes personal protective equipment, etc.

In such areas as first aid training and its provision to victims, volunteers and employees of the Society do not actually carry out medical manipulations (injections, medications, etc.), and for effective participation in them, even basic medical education is not required.

No. The Red Cross on a white background was chosen by the founders of the International Committee for the Relief of Wounded Soldiers at the Geneva Conference in October 1863 as a symbol to be worn on doctors’ armbands on the battlefield and ensure their neutral status.

Therefore, the Red Cross had a protective function from the beginning. But by analogy with field physicians, it was quickly used by other medical and paramedical institutions not only on the fronts of the war but also in the rear, up to pharmacies and other stores. However, such an expanded interpretation of the Red Cross as a mere medical symbol contradicted the position of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which insisted and insists that the Red Cross symbol (as well as the Red Crescent and the Red Crystal) should be used solely to protect human beings. from any military attack, and any other application, including commercial, undermines this single function of the Red Cross emblem.

These views are reflected in the Geneva Conventions and national legislation. Including the Ukrainian: Law of Ukraine “On the Symbols of the Red Cross, Red Crescent, Red Crystal in Ukraine” and the Criminal Code of Ukraine. These documents prohibit any misuse of the Red Cross emblem. This applies, inter alia, to medical facilities that do not belong to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and are not at risk of military attack. Emergency medical services, pharmacies, medical centres, etc. can instead use genuine medical symbols specifically designed for their needs: a blue “star of life” (link to the image), a green cross with a caduceus (link to the image), and so on.

If you notice on a building, vehicle, person, etc. that does not belong to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the use of the Red Cross, Red Crescent or Red Crystal emblem is clearly illegal, please send an email to: national@redcross.org, ihl@redcross.org.ua or visit the official page on the social network – https://www.facebook.com/RedCrossUkraine/

Neither. In fact, it is not known exactly what the founders of the International Committee of the Red Cross were guided by when they chose this symbol in Geneva in October 1863 to protect people who were helping wounded soldiers on the battlefield.

The official version of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement on the interpretation of the Red Cross symbol, however, has remained unchanged for over a hundred years: the red cross on a white background is only an inverted version of the Swiss flag (which is known to be a white cross on a red background) special merits of Switzerland as the birthplace of the International Movement. Therefore, the red cross on a white background has no religious or religious significance. Currently, the Red Cross is used as an emblem by 157 of the 192 national societies of the International Movement around the world, including countries where Christianity is not the dominant religion.

The sources of formation of the budget and property of the Company are:

  • Entrance and annual fees of members of the Society;
  • Charitable donations and assistance in any form in the prescribed manner from state and public organizations, other legal entities and individuals;
  • Assistance and social order from government agencies to implement targeted programs and actions of the Company;
  • Proceeds from charity events;
  • Funds or property received free of charge or in the form of grants or voluntary donations;
  • Passive income, funds or property received by the Company from its core business, taking into account the provisions of the tax legislation of Ukraine;
  • Other receipts that do not contradict the current legislation of Ukraine.

In order to ensure transparency and attract potential donors, the Society does not accept donations, the direct source of which is activities that are contrary to the fundamental principles of the International Movement or incompatible with them.

The company has the right to financial support from the state budget of Ukraine, local budgets, in accordance with applicable law.

The Ukrainian Red Cross, like the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, does not make any political distinctions. Also does not distinguish on racial, religious, class grounds. The International Movement is only trying to alleviate the suffering of people and, above all, those who need it most. According to two of the 7 Fundamental Principles of Neutrality and Impartiality, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, in order to maintain general trust, cannot take sides in armed conflict and engage in political, racial, religious or ideological disputes.

Accordingly, the Red Cross of Ukraine cannot and has no right to support any political force, to agitate “for” or “against” it. Volunteers and employees of the Society have no right to comment publicly or in the media on facts or situations of political, religious, racial, ideological, military nature. Current members of political parties, other political or ideological public organizations have no right to be volunteers or employees of the Society. If a volunteer or employee of the Society runs for election to the legislature or local self-government, he must stop working or volunteering in the Society.

Membership in the Red Cross of Ukraine is the organizational support of the national society. Every citizen who has made a membership fee for a fixed amount receives a membership card, which entitles him to participate in the regular elections of the governing bodies of an organization of the Society. The funds paid for the membership card are spent on ensuring the activities of the Society. A member of the Red Cross Society of Ukraine may be citizens of Ukraine and foreign citizens who recognize the Charter of the Society, the Code of Conduct for members, volunteers and employees of the Society. All members of the Society acquire the status of a member after paying the entrance fee and receiving a ticket of a member of the Society.

Volunteers work in a variety of fields. This includes helping the elderly at home, working with young children, participating in campaigns and campaigns to combat the spread of socially dangerous diseases, and much more – everyone chooses the direction in which he sees himself best.

Volunteers also have unique characteristics, including personal motivation and local involvement. Volunteers are part of the community. They know the needs and capabilities of the people they interact with because they are already among them.

A volunteer may or may not be a member of the Society, just as a member of the Society may or may not be a volunteer. Both membership and volunteering in the Society are exclusively voluntary.

Of course, you have such an opportunity. You can buy not a membership ticket, but a charity ticket – and not for a fixed amount, but for the one you think is appropriate. The funds donated by you in this way will go to the aid of the Society to those people who need it.

You can buy a charity ticket of the Society right here, on the website, or in person, by visiting any organization of the Society.

No. A member of the Society may indeed belong to any of the above groups at the same time or may not belong to any of them. Moreover, we strongly welcome the conscious and voluntary acquisition of membership by our volunteers and staff, which allows them to take an active part in the management of the Society. But membership is not a prerequisite for volunteering for the Society, getting a job with us, or receiving our services. Membership in the Society is conscious and voluntary. If you are forced to become a member of the Society, please report it to sos@redcross.org.ua.