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Metro organization working to get much-needed medical supplies to Ukraine

ATLANTA — For almost a month, Channel 2 Action News has been sharing ways for people in metro Atlanta to help those in Ukraine.

Channel 2′s Matt Johnson has learned that the group of items they are in the most dire need of is medical supplies.

Johnson spoke with an organization that is working to get those supplies to the country and more and more civilians are being injured.

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Nataliia Onyskiv has helped raise $150,000 through UkrainianAtlanta.org since the invasion.

She says on Monday morning, she spent $30,000 on four wound vacuum devices for four Ukrainian hospitals as the number of victims continue to rise.

“We don’t have that much resources, but that’s why we’re very careful in assessing where exactly we spend them,” Onyskiv explained.

Olga Westfall lives in DeKalb County and has family still living in Ukraine. She says her family is resilient, but she fears for them every day.

“It is scary to hear that a Russian bomb can fall on people that you know that, that’s your family,” she said.

Some metro churches and organizations are getting donations daily, but Ukrainians are still in need of more.

“They’ve run out of medical supplies very quickly,” Westfall said.

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Arthur Grigorian has been collecting donations at Atlanta World Trade on Grimes Bridge Rd. in Roswell all month.

Grigorian explained to Johnson that he was born in the Soviet Union, but fled the country when Vladimir Putin took power and has been helping Ukrainians by collecting donations at his publishing company.

He says he has everything delivered to a cargo company in Savannah where they are loaded onto and boat to Poland and then trucked into Ukraine.

“Most of all my time I spent for to help right now in Ukraine,” Grigorian said.

Right now, everything from clothes to shoes to diapers to medicine are leaving his Roswell office and are destined for Ukraine.

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Local supporters say any donation helps, but it’s the medical supplies they desperately need.

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