When war breaks out in the distance, Alyaksei Savkevich and his volunteers take the necessary things wherever they are needed.

They are a lifeline for people trapped in the fighting in the frontline town of Avdeevka, near Donetsk in the east. Ukraine.

It has been fought for since 2014 and stands in the way of Putin’s army as Russia tries to conquer the Donbass, the country’s industrial center.

“Before the invasion on February 24, twenty-five, thirty thousand so many were evacuated, some still remain here,” says Alex.

And for those who can’t or couldn’t leave, he helps.

The first to land was an elderly man whose family now lives in Russian-occupied territory.

He is scared and completely alone, but, like many, is too weak to get out.

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Fragments of bombs and missiles are lying along the paths where they make deliveries.

The devastation here left the place without electricity and running water, and the people who remained are increasingly in despair.

But the fighting does not prevent Alexei and other aid workers from loading more supplies into their van.

Alyaksei Saukevich and his volunteers take the necessary things wherever they are needed

Explosions were heard in the distance

After delivery to the center they must cross the railroad to the eastern district.

Their movement brings them to the outskirts of the city and even closer to the fighting.

Explosions can be heard from afar as the bags are handed over.

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They are a lifeline for people trapped in combat

Tatiana, one of the many people he helps, tells me what the war has done to this community.

“You’re afraid to go anywhere. I need to go to town, but I’m afraid. You can’t go anywhere – if the bombs are whistling, you need to hide. How do you think we live?” She says.

The delivery team travels anywhere and everywhere despite the danger.

Their next visit is even closer to the front line, and the transfer is straining.

During the distribution of aid shells whistle overhead, landing near the place where the team stands.

Families are returning to their homes, and everyone is looking for a place to stay – in truth, there are no safe places.

It is exposed everywhere.

Eventually, when it feels like the immediate danger has passed because the battle pauses, they emerge from the shelter and leave the area, but incredibly Alex continues to deliver.

“We wait until we realize it’s safer, and then we move on,” he said.

At the last stop we meet Valentina and her six grandchildren.

Valentina and her six grandchildren

In their childlike innocence, they don’t seem to notice the war around them, playing games when it shows how their lives have changed.

We lived in an apartment. We are just temporarily here to hide. We have another apartment there. Why aren’t we there? Because there is a lot of shooting, and the girls are afraid to be there, ”she says.

Every week civilians die here in battle.

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Alex and his team know their job is dangerous, but they also live on the cutting edge.

And without him the suffering for many people in this city would be even worse.


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