A call to help. A businessman delivers water to the liberated cities of the LPR

When I was in Haiti, which has just been hit by a powerful hurricane that left people without shelter and food, for the first time I encountered the fact that you can not always help people without getting problems. In    he together with other volunteers brought several trucks with humanitarian aid to Mariupol, and now he has returned again. Rate the material Истoчник aif.ru When we arrived and tried to distribute food and water to people, the locals behaved quite wildly. Since then, I always think of fallback options in case something goes wrong  And in territories where there is a war or other emergency — this will happen with a high degree of probability. This enables people to prepare for their visit, stock up on containers and notify neighbors. Photo: AiF/Dmitry Grigoriev “At the end of March, every day was risky. Honestly, I don't even go on vacation just to lie on the sea. My family fully supports me in this. These people now have a great need for water. “My experience has taught me that you should always have a back-up plan. Their way back to Lysichansk will probably end at dusk again. It is one of the few buildings in the city where there are electricity problems and locals come here to charge their gadgets and just discuss the latest news. Today's route of Lisichansk — Severodonetsk, whose inhabitants they carry almost 10 tons of water. Intense fighting was then going on in Mariupol, and Zhenya, along with journalists, made his way into the very jungles of the city to bring people food and water. However, they did not hold out for long and within a few days they retreated from the city. As a result, people often return to Lysichansk in pitch darkness. Enemy drones periodically flicker in the air. I took unpaid leave at work, and now we together from early morning and to late evening on the way  — says Victoria. According to him, now they are already discussing with the residents of this or that settlement in advance when they will come to them with water again. Provided “Kamaz” for thank you so much   — Zhenya says. Then we gave up the idea of ​​handing out food to people and started to cover the roofs of their houses, which were torn apart by the hurricane. We are going to Severodonetsk for the first time. Humanitarian aid almost never reached here, and people, who had been sitting in basements for the second month, survived on some meager supplies. Here, as a rule, all the masks fall off and the person appears as he really is. On the outskirts of Lisichansk, on the bank of the Seversky Donets River, the Russian military is stationed. We drive into the yards of five-story buildings, the wife begins to tap a melody on the car horn. Zhenya then helped Vika take her mother and dozens of other people to the refugee camp. The fire department was already crowded with people. Orange"Kamaz" travels for a long time along the streets of the ruined city in search of a convenient place to stop. Zhenya and Vika have a few more stops in Severodonetsk. “Such as Zhenya, it seems to me, one in a million. Now I'm driven by something more. People themselves tell us that they are ready and to be without food for some time, but it’s already impossible without water», — Zhenya says. They didn't even have proper ammo. «River — it is now the only source of drinking water. water. They met Zhenya in 2014, when the inhabitants of Luhansk fled from the war to Russia. “The locals say that mobilized guys held positions here. Photo: AiF/Dmitry Grigoriev Vika appears in the kitchen. Even when I came here, I initially planned to rent equipment to help clear Donetsk of petals, but then I decided to deliver water. And and water we make not just drinkable, but tasty   — tells us the military man with callsign "Squeak". River — the only source of water An ordinary day for Zhenya and Vicky begins with the fact that they go to the filter station to refuel their Kamaz. The station itself is simple — the pump pumps water from the river, and then special filters purify it to a state when it can be drunk. In addition, in the emergency zone you see real people. They are often seen at night. “What drives you?” Zhenya, full of energy, answers with a smile that he gets real pleasure and a surge of strength when he manages to help people. drinking water and set off on a journey to bring clean water to the inhabitants of the liberated settlements of the LPR. When it is possible to help people who are in trouble, then I am charged with incredible energy. Zhenya informs them of that water has been brought. Nearby is a military “Kamaz” with  filter station on board. The system can purify water even subjected to chemical and radioactive contamination. Photo: AiF/Dmitry Grigoriev Not even ten minutes pass, when in the middle of the yard a crowd of people in thirty with bottles in hands gathers. Previously, there were positions of Ukrainian forces that defended the coast during the offensive of the allied forces. Their traces are all around — the whole shore is in garbage, and a little further their dugouts», — says “Squeak”. The front has gone relatively far, but Ukraine does not forget to test the weapons brought from Europe on former fellow citizens, so the risk of shelling remains to this day. The desire to help. A already tomorrow morning, an orange Kamaz will play the klaxon melody again, notifying people that two caring people brought them water.  Helping people give me energy » With colleague we are going back to Lugansk. They crowded, didn't follow the queue, brazenly climbed into the car with us and dragged everything they could get their hands on. All were not more than twenty years old. As a result, people gathered at the sound of the horn, found out that we brought water and in about ten minutes there was already a crowd with bottles and canisters by the car. We tried to get into those places in the city where people were in the most difficult situation. Although the territories were liberated from the Armed Forces of Ukraine in June, but the shelling doesn stop. Loaded to the eyeballs “Kamaz” carefully moves along the pontoon crossing over the Seversky Donets River. Driving Zhenya, and beside passenger — his assistant Vika. We sit with the kitchen of the fire station in Lysichansk. Zhenya says that the demand for water is so huge that they pour 10 tons in several hours and then go to refuel again. Photo: AiF/Dmitry Grigoriev We set off to Lugansk. Zhenya and Vika remain in Severodonetsk. I'm bored. Of course, food and a certain amount of water are brought to them regularly, but they still need much more water. “I always have a backup plan” For Zhenya, this trip to the Donbass is already the third one this year. A car with a bright orange cab is not stopped at roadblocks, but on the contrary, they even wave a greeting to its driver. Employees of the unit are scurrying back and forth. We met Zhenya back in March, when he rushed to Donetsk, on bought in Rostov- on-Don with an old Lada. He does just sit thinking about how he can help people. In May, for example, in Mariupol my daughter came with me» — Zhenya says. Somewhere out of the silence of the green courtyards, surprised people begin to appear. “You even have to drive without headlights in an “emergency truck”, because the car can be fired upon. Therefore, we try to drive in such a way as to draw attention to ourselves as little as possible, — Jenny notes. There are several hours ahead along broken roads, roadblocks and sometimes destroyed villages. Somewhere very close you can hear the rumble of artillery. Drinking tea. They have a job today, despite the fact that now nobody paid for it. For several days in a row, these two have been spending the night at the fire station in Lisichansk, and since early morning they have been filling up the tanks of their Kamaz. He does it, and at the same time completely disinterestedly and sincerely. Photo: AiF/Dmitry Grigoriev According to him, they have been standing in this place for a month already. Haitians have a completely different mentality from us. Moreover, the guys from the & ldquo; All-Russian Student Rescue Corps helped with & nbsp; equipment. Water is pumped from the Seversky Donets River, then it goes through several stages of purification and it can already be drunk. Next to a two-story brick building there is a checkpoint and military equipment. "The the first time when we came, for example, to Novodruzhevsk, we were just driving around the city and honking to attract the attention of people. I had to take out people with whole families. Their behavior interfered with the normal distribution of humanitarian aid and created the risk that someone in the crowd would simply be crushed.  they simply didn't have the opportunity to leave the ruined city   — Zhenya tells me. “A few years ago, when I just started volunteering, I caught the drive from being in an extreme environment. Today Zhenya is going to Severodonetsk, where his car has never been before. He needed an assistant, and  I simply couldn't refuse. Someone even carries specially prepared carts with containers. “Returning in the darkness, fearing shelling” Ten-ton “Kamaz” Fully filled with clean water and goes on the way. Finally, I ask Zhenya a reasonable question. The need for it is higher, especially since the heat is constant on the street. Local residents, firefighters and guys from the LPR People's Militia come to us.