In Kherson, a 75-year-old grandfather collected aid from the Armed Forces of Ukraine for half a year right in front of the invaders.
Uncle Grisha, as the locals call him, went to the center of Kherson every day, without any holidays or weekends. With the help of the record player, he played Ukrainian songs, and all the money that people gave him, he sent to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Since the beginning of the occupation, Hryhoriy Mykolayovych together with the patriotic people of Kherson have collected more than half a million hryvnias, it is said in TSN.
Everyone in Kherson knows Grigory Yanchenko, or “Uncle Grisha” as the people call him. He says that he himself once served in the Pskov division, and since the beginning of Russia’s war against Ukraine in 2014, he began collecting money for Ukrainian paratroopers and volunteers. In eight years, he transferred almost 4 million hryvnias to the front. He remembers when the Russian invaders entered Kherson, at first he was as if in a stupor, and then he left for the center with a column. “In addition to the national anthem, Kalina, I recorded songs there, as well as military marches, plus all the Ukrainian songs that were popular,” the volunteer says.
Every day he went to the center on his route along the street. He says that for the people of Kherson it was like a breath of fresh air. “I’m just leaving, they already hear me and they’re waiting for me. They’re satisfied, with smiles, it’s hard to convey. And that’s how you leave and all the people sing along,” says Hryhoriy.
Already before lunch, the transparent bucket was filled with bills. In six months, a man from the occupied territory collected and handed over 600,000 hryvnias to Ukrainian volunteers. He says that he collects for whom – everyone understood. Even rubles issued by the occupiers were thrown. And there were also cases when the ZSU was given the last chance.
Uncle Grisha was taken from Kherson to Zaporizhzhia almost by force. After numerous warnings and threats, the collaborators reported that in a few days they were waiting for him “in the basement”. Friends took Uncle Grisha by boat to Oleshki, and from there to Vasylivka. He is currently at the volunteer center in Zaporizhzhia. “Every month, there were very large amounts that he collected and sent. He said that I can’t, I trust you, I know that the money will be used for what is needed. And here is the extreme car that I bought and drove to the front, it was half of it was bought with his money,” says the head of the volunteer center, Halyna Honcharenko.
The fighters, who have been helped by Uncle Grisha for 8 years, offer to transport him further away from enemy fire, but he categorically refuses. He says he will try to collect money in Zaporizhzhia in the same way. He does not want to go far from Kherson, and hopes that he will be able to return there soon. There will definitely be no Russians there, Uncle Grisha is sure of that.