Volunteer cyclists deliver essential supplies to seniors in southern Ukraine

According to a video released on Friday 6 May, a group of cyclists organized by the Red Cross delivered assistance packages, including food and medicine, to the elderly in southern Ukraine. 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 a volunteer, Volodomyr, members of the group visit a local Red Cross facility to pick up packages at the start of each day. “We call people to make sure they are waiting for us at home. The office prepares the orders for us. It can be food, health aids, or medications. So let’s go to the warehouse and collect the packages, “she said, according to the translation provided by Current Time. Red Cross coordinator Iryna Troshkina said she was initially reluctant to send volunteers on bicycles.” I sent the cars to [different] locations, but these guys asked me to send them instead. I was nervous because it’s a combat zone, but in the end I agreed to try it, “she said, according to the translation provided. Cyclist Volodomyr added that sometimes the residents just 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 find things and who they can call, “he added. Twenty volunteer cyclists are part of the group and ride an average of up to 80 kilometers (about 50 miles) every day, Current Time said.Credit: Current Time / RFE / RL via Storyful