Volunteers risk their lives to save most vulnerable in the Donbas
volunteers risk their lives to save most vulnerable in the

Volunteers risk their lives to save most vulnerable in the Donbas

Volunteers from the organisation Vostok SOS helped evacuate Ukrainians in need of specialised care from the Donbas region, which has suffered heavy shelling over the past few days.

Russian attacks laid down a curtain of fire on Tuesday across areas of eastern Ukraine where pockets of resistance are denying Moscow full military control of the region, almost four months after the Kremlin unleashed its invasion.

With many buildings in the region flattened, volunteers focused their work on the vulnerable – evacuating to safety four people in need of specialised care.

“First of all, safety for the people, for us. We try to do everything precisely, fast. Safety of the people is number one priority,” said Serhii Rozhok, who is volunteering as a driver.

On top of the challenges that the vulnerable face, residents of Donetsk are living out the day-to-day realities of war.

“We cannot bear it anymore. I wasn’t able to close my eyes this night. The blasts were very loud and during the daytime, too,” said Vira Solovyova, from Maksimilianivka village in the Donetsk region.

Ukrainian forces are outgunned by the Russians in the battle for the eastern Donbas region where the fighting is largely being carried out by way of artillery exchanges.

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