On February 24, after weeks of failed diplomatic discussions, Russia invaded Ukraine. Over the past week, Ukrainians have fled their nation, sought safety underground, and fought back against Russian troops.
Among the thousands affected are ARMYs, BTS fans who are holding onto hope in the face of fear.
Since my ‘bedroom’ is my bathroom and I am sheltering here the majority of the time, I decided to decorate it with Jimin pictures. I need to smile. Please keep supporting Ukrainian Armys in need. I am fine so far. #BTSArmyForUkraine pic.twitter.com/FNXXSytHYN
— Lena⁷ ✨ (@one_noona) February 28, 2022
On Twitter, Ukrainian ARMYs are sharing their stories, confessing their heartfelt thoughts, and asking for much-needed aid.
I'm an army from Ukraine. I truly hope that I will have the possibilities to say it for better reasons, but I don't know.. I can die in this moment, so…I'm so thankful for BTS. Guys you're my love, my hope, my reason to believe in better future#UkraineWar #BTS #ARMY
— sasheee (@APLT4JvD0StRa7G) February 25, 2022
💜Armys, please help another Army, Ukrainian one 🇺🇦This is the only real help we have now. This is official account, not scam. Armys were always strong for good cause. Please help Ukrainians to protect our land. Please donate. Please spread the word. https://t.co/KBHt3auFgk
— Lena⁷ ✨ (@one_noona) February 26, 2022
In response, ARMYs from around the world are now rallying to raise funds to help the citizens of Ukraine. In 2020, BTS’s fandom raised $1 million USD for the Black Lives Matters movement to match BTS’s $1 million USD donation. Now, they want to do it again.
Ooh we’re trying to see if we could match the $1M donation with our own! If you’re able to make a donation, please fill out @OneInAnARMY’s google form and put “USA for UNHCR” in the “Other” line.
— bora ✨ (@modooborahae) February 26, 2022
— Marney⁷ (@jungkooks_tatts) February 26, 2022
— Bora아미''⅞ (@purplearmy_9) February 27, 2022
In addition to sending financial support, ARMYs are sending thoughts, prayers, and words of love to their fellow fans and all of Ukraine.
— BTS edits (@Loyalsugam) February 25, 2022
Some are even offering assistance to the Ukrainian ARMYs who have fled their country.
Ukraine bts army!!! I dont have much to offer but if somebody about to come to Hungary i would love to help you with anything!!! Find a place where to stay, help with hungarian adminsitration, translate from hun to english! DM me if you need some help!!!
Please share this!!!!!!
— Ninaisfab – semi ia (@nina_is_fab) February 25, 2022
So many people that I even don’t know helped me so much. I could never describe in words how much I’m thankful to them 😔😔🙏🏻 only Bc of them I was able to pass the border, I had enough food and water 🙏🏻😔 I wish you to be healthy forever 🙏🏻
— BTS UKRAINE UAverse 🇺🇦 (@btsukrprojects) March 1, 2022
Even in these unpredictable, devasting times, one thing is certain. No matter how dark their days are, no matter how frightening the world becomes, U-ARMYs will never walk alone. They have ARMY right behind them.
Our project for J-Hope from UAverse Ukraine in Kyiv metro 😔🙏🏻🇺🇦 it’s hard to see how people now saving their lives here but a few weeks ago we made photos and laugh there. We just crying and can’t believe smth like this happens in Ukraine. This war is a nightmare pic.twitter.com/fXVWwdKNqz
— BTS UKRAINE UAverse 🇺🇦 (@btsukrprojects) February 25, 2022
— LADY_V⁷💋ᶜᵃʳᵒ (@ladyVarmy7) February 24, 2022