A group of children from families that lost members in the war (both military and civilian dead) returned to Lugansk from a five-day excursion to Moscow. Today, the parents of the kids and the organisers of the tour met the kids when they returned. Andrei Sopelnik, LNR Peoples Soviet Deputy and NGO World of Lugansk board member, said, “26 children from families that lost family members, both military and civilian deaths, went on a five-day excursion to Moscow. This is the second such trip. We received an invitation from the Svetoch Centre of Museum Pedagogy in Moscow. They’re our friends, people with great love and understanding for our children and our country. They put on a wonderful tour for our children. I give them many thanks. Thanks to World of Lugansk, these kids got a little peace, some good. World of Lugansk proved its intent to give our children peace and warmth, not in words, but in deeds”.
The kids on the excursion did more than just sightsee and have fun. Sopelnik said, “They also attended meetings where they told the world about us and our Republic, that we aren’t terrorists, that we’re peaceful and hardworking people who don’t want war, but want to work, learn, and build our young republic. During their tour of Red Square, bikers from the Night Wolves escorted their bus, and before leaving for home, our kids went to the water park at Serpukhov. This trip gave them joy, warmth, and confidence in the future. We have more such trips planned in future, not only to Moscow but also to St Petersburg. Every day, more and more people are coming forward to help when they find out who came, where they came from, and this increases the number of helpers”.
25 June 2015
LITs Lugansk Information Centre