MINSK, 28 December (BelTA) - People from all over the world are involved in the volunteer effort to provide all possible assistance to people of the Donbass, Ukrainian lawyer and blogger Tatiana Montian said in a new episode of the V Teme [On Point] project on BelTA's YouTube channel.
When asked whether she expected such a response from the public she said she had no doubt about it. "We saw such a response from the people that Andrei Lysenko [a Donetsk volunteer] and I managed to reach out at that time. Those who listened to us, who delved into the situation and understood what was happening in the Donbass, did their bit then. They helped with everything they could: they sent money, things. But the scale was smaller," Tatiana Montian said.
As soon as we could reach the masses, things scaled up. According to the blogger, now humanitarian aid to the Donbass comes in trucks, and the problem is how to distribute it as quickly as possible. "I believe in people. I knew they would pitch in. It just can't be any other way. In any society, there is some share of people who would ‘storm Verkhny Lars' [a border checkpoint on the Russian-Georgian border] and who would say they are ashamed of being Russian. Meanwhile others would give away the last thing they have to help people in need. When we reached out to these people, everything worked out," the blogger said.
Tatiana Montian said that in a great number of cities people find vacant premises and organize logistics, all by themselves. "Our job is to distribute it quickly. People like to help children. There are more than 3,000 children on the line of combat contact, directly in the combat zone. We have organized meals, excursions and other things for about 1,000 of these kids. A great number of Crimeans came to visit them in Yevpatoria and to give them anything they can: candies, clothes, other things. People are very engaged, as much as possible. It's very touching. It's not only Russians, it's people form all around the world," Tatiana Montian concluded.