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Do you want to book a house to enjoy a weekend on the outskirts of Kiev? Or an apartment in the heart of odessa, another of the cities of the Ukraine in which the troops of the Kremlin have their eye? Well hurry up. It is not a joke. In just 48 hours, Airbnb has registered reservations for more than 61,000 nights in the Eastern European republic. Yes, exactly the same country that for a week and a half has been suffering from Russia’s military attacks and has become the scene of a serious humanitarian crisis with more than 1.2 million refugees.

With tanks rolling through its streets and the hum of bombs and sirens providing the soundtrack, most guests aren’t likely to be planning a trip to Ukraine anytime soon. They reserve for another, very different reason: to help local hosts. The slightly more than 61,000 “contracted” nights in the middle of this week, between Wednesday and Thursday, represent according to data from Airbnb itself around 1.9 million dollars, money that goes directly into the pockets of the owners of rental homes.

Reinventing in times of war

In a war marked by technology and in which social networks are playing a strategic role —Russia has blocked access to Twitter and Facebook and Ukraine is using them as a loudspeaker to appeal to other governments and multinationals—citizens from other countries have found an unexpected way to send donations to those affected by the war on the accommodation website. “A friend just booked an Airbnb apartment in Kyiv (which he will clearly never go to), as Airbnb has waived their commission. There are many different ways to help/donate, but this is one more,” explained Thursday Emily MaitlysBBC2 presenter, on Twitter.

She is not the only one who has shared her experiences. For days, users of the platform have been commenting on the networks how they have joined the campaign and the responses they have received from Ukrainian owners. “Feeling helpless I booked an Airbnb in Kiev for a stay this week knowing the money would go directly to someone there. There were no Airbnb fees. This is the beautiful response I received. They also told me that they know the world supports them and that everyone can feel it” another user tweeted along with a screenshot of its host.

“My husband and I have booked various accommodations across the country. The messages we have been able to exchange with those in Ukraine are heartbreaking and sobering,” add another user. Some of the messages have been shared by himself brian cheskydirector and co-founder of the service peer to peerwhich in 2020 added four million hosts.

The company has also activated a campaign to help refugees through various channels: channeling donations or providing accommodation for 100,000 refugees. To achieve this, ask hosts to offer for free or at a discount through their platform. The firm ensures that has decided not to charge commissions neither to the guests nor to the owners.

Do you want to book a house to enjoy a weekend on the outskirts of Kiev? Or an apartment in…

Do you want to book a house to enjoy a weekend on the outskirts of Kiev? Or an apartment in…

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