Ukrainians in France are ready to sacrifice everything for their country

By Louise Couvelaire

Posted yesterday at 2:58 pm and updated yesterday at 8:32 pm.

The marchroutki Like every Saturday, I’m in Rendezvous, parked along Vincent-Aurior Boulevard in Paris (13)When District), around Chevaleret subway station. In Ukraine, and in other countries of the former Soviet Union, this is what we call these vans, sometimes as a collective taxi, sometimes an informal, low-cost means of transporting goods throughout Europe. Functions as.

I am 6 years old this morning on February 26th. They arrived the day before, most of them from the town of Chernivtsi (near the Romanian border), loaded with regular cargo (1 ton or more of sweet biscuits, dried carp, pickles) and over 2,000 in just over 24 hours. Moved a kilometer. Thousands of parcels packed in buckwheat seeds, parcels, boxes, bags and suitcases. Everything is piled up on the asphalt and under the aerial subway tracks, waiting for the recipient to receive them.

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Sunday, marchroutki As usual, I left at noon. This time, we weighed with extraordinary loads of medicines, sleeping bags, toothbrushes, sock pairs, driplans, medical devices, and more. “For return, we will only receive parcels for humanitarian aid purposes., freedom “Ihor T., 44, who owns three vans, explains.

The Ukrainian community is mobilizing to travel between France and Ukraine to transport food and necessities to Ukraine. Paris, February 26, 2022.
Medical devices included in one of the packages departing for Ukraine. Paris, February 26, 2022.

This driver entrepreneur marchroutki Between Ukraine and France (others are located near certain squares and gates in Paris on arrival). He traveled back and forth every weekend for 15 years, delivering Ukrainian sweets and family-made merchandise to his fellow expatriates at an unbeatable price of € 1 per kilogram.

“It’s embarrassing to be here”

Ihor T. and his driver departed from Wednesday, February 23 to Thursday, February 24, at 3:00 am, just over an hour before the Russian attack began. They passed through Poland shortly before the border was closed, before Ukrainian authorities banned men between the ages of 18 and 60 from leaving the country during mobilization. “I don’t know if we can come back. I don’t know if we can come back next weekend, but in any case, the Ukrainian army will try to bring back as many products as possible. needs”He guarantees.

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