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Local Ukrainians to fly to Poland and hand deliver tactical gear

A Stoughton man and his brother are headed to Poland on Sunday to deliver supplies and tactical gear to Ukrainians fighting Russian troops.

Mikhail Kurilo, who is Ukrainian, says he's not afraid to travel back to his home country, he just wants to help.

"You know, if I save somebody's life, I think that's good for me, that's why I got to go," said Kurilo.

His daughter, Orysya Kurilo, says her father has at least seven bags full of supplies to take with him, everything from bulletproof vests to helmets to tourniquets. She says it's their hope that this will be one of many trips to come.

Mikhail Kurilo stands in his Stoughton home with the bags of supplies he and his brother plan to take to Poland in efforts to aid Ukraine in their fight against Russia. (Image courtesy of Orysya Kurilo)
Mikhail Kurilo stands in his Stoughton home with the bags of supplies he and his brother plan to take to Poland in efforts to aid Ukraine in their fight against Russia. (Image courtesy of Orysya Kurilo)

"I was born there, he [Mikhail] still has a house there, we have family there," said Orysya Kurilo. "[Mikhail's] sister and brother live there...they're not leaving because they don't want to leave their husbands and their sons and their brothers behind. The women are not leaving, so they're all staying there. So I just hope that he doesn't try to go into Ukraine because knowing him, I think he might."

Orysya says they've been collecting donations and supplies for the trip with help from their church, Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church, in Jamaica Plain. She and her family were just in Ukraine in September. She says it's important for her to continue to raise awareness about the war, even as media attention seems to shift away from it.

"It's almost like everybody's a little over it and it's hard for us to be over it because it's still happening and it's happening directly to our friends, our family, our country," said Orysya. "The stories that have been coming out of the east of Ukraine...are heartbreaking because it's civilians who were living their day to day lives and now they've been displaced or, you know, even worse, caught in the crossfire of it all. So we're trying to bring as much awareness as possible to it."

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