Help for Front Line Servicemen

They're rarely talked about on the news, but soldiers always look forward to their arrival. Despite bad weather and roads, military drivers deliver medicine, food, and ammunition to servicemen

uatv
16.01.2019

Ihor is a driver with almost 40 years of experience. For the past four years, he has been working on the front line in eastern Ukraine. Now, he drives a GAZ-66 military truck. He brings food, water, medicine, and ammunition to soldiers.

“I don’t know how the soldiers would cope. Because you can carry 20 kilograms, you can carry 30 kilograms, but you cannot carry several tons from one place to another. Even firewood. You need a car for that,” he said.

His vehicle manages to conquer snowdrifts, slush, and rocky terrain. The roads leading to the combat zone are covered with shrapnel remains, debris, and in some parts even land mines.

“Once when I drove another car, thank God, that the fragment didn’t puncture the tire, but hit the side. It was about 10-centimeters-long and was sticking out. I carefully took it out and was going to take off the spare tire. But I made it because the fragment didn’t go into the inner tube, only the rubber was damaged,” Ihor said.

The servicemen look forward to his deliveries.

“The car comes to military positions almost every day. It brings food and ammunition when there’s a need. From time to time, we carry out a rotation of the personnel. We transport people when they are redeployed. This is in order to maintain a certain number of people on certain positions,” serviceman of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Volodymyr said.

Ukrainian snipers, although they don’t instigate attacks, monitor the enemy’s every move. Russian-led militants are less than one kilometer away. It’s fairly easy to spot them using binoculars.

“They are quiet now. Movement can mostly be noticed at night when they go from shelter to shelter in small groups,” serviceman of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Vitaliy said.

Sometimes, the militants fire at their own however.

“Recently, they were shelling their own positions with a mortar. Sometimes, they do it with a machine gun. They try to blame the Ukrainian Armed Forces for attacking civilians. Often, when they’re attacking their own positions, their journalists from Luhansk appear. And all the Russian channels. Militants film footage for their channels, for their people,” Vitaliy said.

While the fighting has ceased, Ihor is taking off. Ukrainian soldiers located in another area are already waiting for him.

Source UATV
date 16.01.2019
categories Joint Forces Operation, News releases
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