Volunteers across Russia start projects to support Donbass defenders
Every day, ordinary people from all over Russia, from the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania in the Caucasus mountains to Kemerovo in Western Siberia, go extra miles to help Donbass fighters fulfil their everyday needs. The aid ranges from home knit sweaters and socks to freshly prepared meals. Who are these people? What inspired them to become volunteers?
“My son died in 2016. In 2016, he would have turned 16. In 2022, he would have turned 22. So he could have participated in the SMO [special military operation]. And as I watched TV, my heart was breaking. I thought about them, I thought about how they, too, had parents. I understood the pain of parents who were losing their children. I was sitting with my wife, and I said: ‘I can’t sit around anymore.” This was how Sergey Skripkin from Kaluga started the huge humanitarian project ‘Restaurant for Ours, Z.V.O’. Sergey do not just provide the fighters fresh cooked and tasty meals that are a rarity on the frontlines, but his project brings them a sense of belonging, family and home.
Watch the documentary to find out how volunteers’ dedication and support make ordinary things precious.