In Lugansk Zhenya has a “bus”–that’s how vehicles like the gazelles are called on the Donbass. Fiat Ducata. This vehicle has served us well during the whole war, not breaking down even once. But recently it suffered one breakdown after another. We don’t know what to do. Every time we go, we bring some spare parts from Moscow. The vehicle is old and driving on the tortured LPR roads is killing it.
Zhenka spends a lot of time on the road–you can see that for yourself from the reports.
Our Ducata is a combat vehicle–it experienced shellings, particularly when taking your aid into Pervomaysk.
Our most recent trip in December was particularly hellish. At some point the gearbox gave out, and the car kept stalling. We barely managed to get home from Stakhanov.
And now the battery quit.
We have to buy a new one. Here’s what Zhenya wrote:
“On the way home we drove into a crater. A fresh one that couldn’t be bypassed. We landed hard. Even the engine light went on. Everything is intact. We didn’t even break the disk. But when we tried to start again, the starter barely turned. At first I didn’t pay any attention to it, several times the battery clamps had to be cleaned and then everything worked again. We got home. I cleaned the clamps even though they were not oxidized, and started to charge the battery overnight. In the morning I try to start the bus again, and nothing. Total silence. I borrowed a neighbor’s battery, and the starter turned like crazy. I checked the battery, it doesn’t hold the charge and doesn’t produce electricity. Probably broken from the hard landing. Too bad, I got this battery in 2016, and even though it is 1.5 years old, it’s from a BMW X6 which was shredded by shrapnel but its battery was intact. I thought it would have been good for another 3-4 years. Really awkward timing with this…”
I’ve asked assistance for our vehicles before.
But what else can I do–they are also participants in this humanitarian effort.
And they break down, particularly in the war zone where the roads have been destroyed by the fighting.
If anyone can or wants to help us with getting a battery, please label your transfer “battery.
Please write me in person through LiveJournal, facebook, V Kontakte, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Paypal address: email@example.com.
If we collect more than we need, then with your permission the money will be kept in reserve for future repairs.
Thank you, friends.