MP Paweł Krutul delivered equipment to soldiers fighting in Bakhmut as part of the Open Dialogue Foundation’s aid mission. He was accompanied by opposition MPs.
Five opposition MPs have just returned from the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region, including Paweł Krutul, a Left MP from Podlasie and vice-chairman of the National Defence Committee.
The parliamentarians took part in an aid mission organised by the Open Dialogue Foundation.
“There is hell in Bakhmut. We spoke to officers and rank-and-file soldiers on the ground. We need to support them even more, I don’t see any other way”, says MP Paweł Krutul. “The Ukrainian army needs artillery, fighter jets, tanks and ammunition. Only then will it be able to prevail over Russian aggression. Europe must not let down its neighbours who are fighting for their freedom and for ours. The Ukrainians have unimaginable fighting strength within them. They do not need more people, they need weapons”, he added.
As part of the mission, the MPs and the Open Dialogue Foundation’s coordinators delivered 15 tonnes of equipment to Ukrainian soldiers – a large technical support for the army. The transport included 13 reconnaissance drones, power generators, food, medicine and hemostatic dressings.
The equipment was delivered to hospitals in Kramatorsk, Kharkiv City Council and to those fighting in Bakhmut. In Bakhmut, the situation is dramatic.
“The town is being shelled by the Russians. Unfortunately, there are about 10,000 people left in it. They are mainly elderly people who have no prospects, no money to leave. They helped us unload humanitarian transport”, explains Paweł Krutul. “In their homes, they are burning fires from trees they have felled themselves to survive the winter. There is a shortage of food, electricity and gas. They are waiting for support and are fearful of the future. This is a terrible tragedy”, stresses the Left MP.
Apart from the MP from Podlasie , the mission was attended by the following MPs: Piotr Borys (Civic Platform), Witold Zembaczyński (Modern), Adam Szłapka (Modern) and Hanna Gill-Piątek (Poland 2050), as well as the Vice-President of the Open Dialogue Foundation, Martin Mycielski.