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Ukrainian relief photos and videos, May-October 2022

MMN's Country Director Slavic Verenciuc and his team continue to work with refugees in Moldova and Ukraine. Slavic reported in early October at the border crossing nearest Chisinau at Palanca, that 500-600 people a day enter, which is substantially less than earlier. Some of these refugees stay in Moldova, but many transit to European countries better able to provide humanitarian support. The Moldovan government provides a free bus for refugees who want to travel to Germany. Slavic and his volunteer team, supported by donations from Moldovans abroad and from concerned churches in the US, sometimes provide transportation for groups of people who pay for transportation support to Romania. Slavic commented recently that he and his wife are currently hosting 34 refugees temporarily in their modest home in Chisinau.

With help from Moldovans in the US, Slavic purchased a second vehicle -- a diesel van which enables transportation of more supplies. The vechicle purchased in 2017 after the accident when a bus hit him needs repairs more regularly now as it becomes old (it now has 120,000 miles because of the marriage ministry and refugee work). Fuel prices have significantly grown during the war, and other costs have increased as well. Before the war, diesel fuel was $3.40 gallon. It increased to $6.60 per gallon in spring 2022 before dropping to $5.10 in September. Given that the average annual income in Moldova is $5200, fuel increases represent a very substantial burden. One trip from Chisenau to the nearest border crossing at Palanca is $40-$45.

Slavic and his team
Slavic and his team help the church of Knyazhichi, Ukraine (near Kyiv), September 2022
Slavic and a team from Kharkov Oblast
Slavic and a team from Kharkov Oblast, Ukraine, have a meal after helping refugees in the area, September 2022
Slavic stands by the home of a family
Slavic stands by the home of a family near Kyiv whom he and his team assisted in September 2022. The elderly couple live in an apartment behind their home, which was destroyed in the war.
 large diesel van
With help from Moldovans in the US, Slavic purchased a large diesel van which enables transportation of more supplies.
Table of food and spiritual material at Moldova-Ukraine border, October 2022. The sign on the wall is John 3:16 in Ukrainian.
Table of food and spiritual material at Moldova-Ukraine border, October 2022. The sign on the wall is John 3:16 in Ukrainian.
Helping Ukrainian girl at border post, October 2022
Helping Ukrainian girl at border post, October 2022
Helping Ukrainian father, mother, and children in Chisinau, October 2022
Helping Ukrainian father, mother, and children in Chisinau, October 2022
Assisting at the Moldova-Ukraine border, October 2022
Slavic with pastor of church
Slavic with pastor of church in the Irpen, Ukraine region, which Slavic's team was helping, May 2022
Slavic with a church team helping distribute humanitaria items in the Bucha-Irpen area near Kyiv, Ukraine, May 2022.
Slavic with a church team helping distribute humanitaria items in the Bucha-Irpen area near Kyiv, Ukraine, May 2022.
Irpen seminary
Irpen seminary, May 2022; Slavic studied theology here before as part of his family ministry work with Moldovan Baptists
Irpen seminary
Irpen seminary,where Slavic used to study
Supplies Slavic's team has brought to a distribution center near the border, May 2022.
Supplies Slavic's team has brought to a distribution center near the border, May 2022.
Slavic and his team
Slavic and his team work at a border distribution center, April-May 2022
Slavic comments about destroyed vehicles and military equipment at Bucha, Ukraine, in April 2022. Most of these vehicles are Russian.
Slavic recorded images of cars during his team's humanitarian visit to Irpen, Ukraine, spring 2022.