THE ROAD TO BAKHMUT
On Friday, 3 February , at 3 a.m., we left Kyiv for the east in three minibuses. If you use Google Maps, the best route will be through Kharkiv – Izyum – Slovyansk. However, in the twelfth month of the war, Google still doesn't take into account safe routes and roads that are close to the battlefield or frontline. Therefore, taking this into account, we went through the city of Dnipro.
Usually, we get to Bakhmut via the direct path Konstantinivka-Bakhmut, but at the moment, this road is being fired upon by the enemy, so we had to take a different route. We went through the outskirts, and military volunteers and volunteers from the city of Pryluka joined us in Konstantinivka. Thus, our convoy of vehicles increased by two more minibuses.
It is highly probable that it was the number of cars in one column that attracted the attention of the occupiers. About ten minutes after stopping at the first point of distribution of humanitarian aid, enemy artillery began to "work" on us. As noted by military volunteers who were more knowledgeable in this matter, they fired with an 82 caliber, which means that the enemy's positions were no more than 3 kilometers away from us.
These circumstances made it much more difficult to fulfill the task with which we arrived in Bakhmut. However, by dividing into several groups, we succeeded in everything that was planned.
Despite everything, we managed to deliver about 490 food kits (which included cereals, canned goods, oil, sugar, flour, pasta, tea, coffee, chocolate, candles), more than 50 sets of personal hygiene products, warm clothing, flashlights with batteries, and medicines to local residents. We also delivered over a ton of flour, about 300 bottles of sunflower oil, and self-powered lamps to the residents of Chasovoy Yar, which is located ten minutes from Bakhmut.
Thanks to the coordinated actions of all participants in this mission and prompt response to changes in the surrounding environment, none of the volunteers were injured, and the transport remained undamaged. However, it should be noted that the factor of great luck contributed to this.
We are very grateful to everyone who made this trip possible. Without your help, donations, provision of a material base, provision of vehicles, help in packaging food kits, and usual human support, we would not be able to do anything!