People who stayed in the city in this situation have balls of steel
On the morning of February 24, when it all started, Dmitry was very scared. He remembers the floor shaking under his feet. He literally got ready in 5 minutes and went into the city to check out the situation himself. He says that at 6 am there were already queues in the shops. People tried to stock up on what they needed, at least for the first few days.
Dmitry called his friend Valery one day, and the same day they went to the pharmacy to get their first batch of medicines. At first, the guys bought medicines and food with their own money, then they posted on social media and asked for donations. Thanks to Dmitry’s reputation in his circles, their call was answered. Donations came and people who wanted to help also joined them. Now the volunteers have organized 5 warehouses in different districts of Kharkiv to simplify the logistics.
Today, there are about 50 members in their volunteer group who help 2000+ people every day in Kharkiv alone. Sometimes it is possible to deliver humanitarian aid to one of the neighboring villages. Dmitry says that in Kharkiv, where about 700 thousand people remain in the city, the situation with the food is very difficult. Nevertheless, help comes to Kharkiv one way or another, especially to the state institutions and hospitals. But often nothing at all reaches the suburbs. The situation there is very difficult.
For several weeks of the war, Dmitry’s team did a great job and built an efficient structure. But obviously money is needed to maintain it. Moreover, in many cases only cash is accepted, for example, to repair cars that often break down due to the roads being destroyed. They also need to buy fuel and pay the drivers who are ready to go to the hot spots risking their lives. Also, humanitarian aid they get is not enough (and some of it disappears along the way, as Dmitry noticed), and they have to buy food on the market every day. The guys try to form a humanitarian package that should last for 5-7 days per person. But there are areas without electricity and gas where people cannot cook. Volunteers who take care of the cooking help to prepare their meals.
Dmitry has no big optimistic plans for the victory. Firstly, he is sure that a lot of time and effort will still be required, and secondly, he understands that Ukraine will face a major economic crisis in the coming years and Ukrainians will need to work hard. At the same time, Dmitry acknowledges the great help coming from Europe and the USA and really hopes that they will help us revive the country sooner.
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