In the press
Please find selected pieces of press coverage of our work over the last year.
Sunflower Scotland regularly features is in the British national press and provides commentary on the national radio
Russian invasion of Ukraine: Work of Scottish charity in eastern Ukraine captured in documentary to be premiered in Edinburgh
Oleg Dmitriev, from Edinburgh, is featured in a documentary filmed on the front line of the war in Ukraine.
The work of Mr Dmitriev’s charity, Sunflower Scotland, is included in US filmmaker Aaron MacCarley’s documentary, Sunflowers in the Rain, among stories of other volunteers and residents living in cities, towns and villages close to the front line of the war, which began two years ago on Saturday.
“The film is really great because it tells not just the front line reporting, but it reminds everyone of the suffering of the ordinary people. It shows what we, the simple people, can do to help them.”
He adds: “Aaron is a very brave man. He went into the meat grinder himself, he saw it all. He did not shy from going to dangerous places.”
An Edinburgh charity founder who has personally delivered aid to “decimated” frontline villages in Ukraine and helped thousands of civilians has urged Britons to continue to care for ordinary people impacted by war in the country.
Oleg Dmitriev, 43, told the PA news agency he was compelled by the “feeling of injustice and the catastrophe” to start helping deliver aid to Ukraine two weeks after Russia’s full-scale invasion began on February 24 2022.
Since then he has established his own charity, Sunflower Scotland, which has helped more than 11,700 people in Ukraine’s frontline villages, people in liberated areas and hospitals.
Oleg Dmitriev, compelled by the ‘feeling of injustice and the catastrophe’, started helping deliver aid to Ukraine two weeks after Russia’s invasion began two years ago.
Oleg informed me that the charity has so far delivered over 5000 aid parcels and helped 11,000 people in the frontline regions of Kharkiv, Kherson and Donbas. They also helped 1087 children, including many that had been orphaned and many with disabilities.
The organisation undertakes four key activities to help Ukraine: Delivering Ukraine-made aid to villages and towns within 20 miles of the front line, where people face the toughest struggles and as resources are severely limited particularly in these areas they are earmarked as a priority for humanitarian aid.
(link to the article by Steve Cardownie)
Edinburgh-based Scot, Oleg Dmitriev, is a member of the Sunflower Scotland movement and he has family in Ukraine.
Earlier this year the charity began by loading trucks of humanitarian aid and taking these right into the centre of Ukrainian cities, but now he warns that donating food and clothing to Ukrainians is hurting their economy – and it must stop.
“An Edinburgh volunteer group has sent more than 110 tonnes of aid to Ukraine for the people and pets caught up in the conflict.
Sunflower Scotland has sent cat and dog food to shelters in Dnipro, to help the animals left behind by owners who were killed or forced to flee.”
“Ten year-old Maia Bombrys is flexing her entrepreneurial skills with fundraising efforts for Ukrainian aid charity, Sunflower Scotland, and has already broken her initial target of raising £1,000.”
“Chair of Edinburgh-based charity Sunflower Scotland Oleg Dmitriev has said support is urgently needed to help civilians trapped in eastern Ukraine.
He said vulnerable families may not survive the harsh winter without the necessary supplies.
Dmitriev just returned to Scotland following an eight-day trip to delivering aid to towns and villages close to the front line of the Russian invasion.”
“10 Miles for Ukraine Walk is organised by Sunflower Scotland, a volunteer association sending aid directly to eastern Ukraine, into the red zone on the frontline in the Kharkiv and Donetsk regions.
Funds raised will provide lifesaving food, aid and emotional support to areas too dangerous to go to.”