Volunteer Cyclists Deliver Essential Supplies to Elderly in Southern Ukraine

A Red Cross-organized group of cyclists delivered care packages, including food and medicine, to elderly people in southern Ukraine, footage published on Friday, May 6, showed.

This footage, captured by Current Time, Radio Free Europe’s Russian language service, shows cyclists delivering supplies to elderly residents in Mykolaiv on May 3.

According to one volunteer, Volodomyr, members of the group visit a local Red Cross facility to collect the packages at the start of each day. “We phone people to make sure they’re waiting for us at home. The office prepares orders for us. It may be food, health aids, or medication. Then we go to the storage facility and pick up the packages,” he said, according to the translation provided by Current Time.

Red Cross coordinator Iryna Troshkina said she was initially reluctant to send volunteers out by bike. “I used to send cars to [different] locations, but these guys asked me to send them instead. I was nervous because it’s a combat zone, but finally I agreed to give it a try,” she said, according to the translation provided.

Cyclist Volodomyr added that sometimes residents only need someone to talk to. “They want to talk about the weather or the situation in the city,” he said, according to a translation provided. “They ask where they can still get things, and whom they can call,” he added.

Twenty volunteer cyclists are part of the group and cycle up to 80 kilometers (about 50 miles) on average each day, Current Time said. Credit: Current Time/RFE/RL via Storyful

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