DIYANOV VADIM AND 47 DAYS OF WAR
About how Vadim Diyanov works for the Ukrainian victory, we learned from anyone, but not from him.
We were told about Vadim by Kyiv volunteers and rescuers from Zaporizhzhia, fighters from the heroic Mariupol and teachers from Kharkiv, heads of village councils, and abbots of monasteries.
Distant and completely unfamiliar, he seemed to be one of the mythical characters born of the war. The geography of his actions was too vast, the number of people warmed, fed, and armed due to his efforts was too incredible.
It was tempting to write about Vadim Diyanov in absentia, creating another legend of the Ukrainian war, but the author's tricks are good in a peaceful period. The time of raids and reports prefers verified information, even if it sounds more fantastic than any fiction.
We found Vadim Diyanov, could talk to him and find out without intermediaries what his personal 47 days of war with Russia look like.
The truth as often happens, turned out to be both simpler and more incredible than the most bizarre fiction.
On the second day of the war, Ukrainian businessman Vadim Diyanov, who until February 24 was engaged in cargo transportation, decided that it was time to act. He sent money to the "Come Back Alive" fund and, overcoming the confusion of the beginning of the war, tried to find out how else he could be useful to his country.
He was told that the wounded needed blood, and a few hours later Vadim and all his drivers were at the donor site. The action was necessary but one time, the feeling of being useless didn’t go away, and Diyanov Vadim decided to act independently.
Vadim from the very beginning emphasized that all these 47 days he worked not alone. From the first day, his faithful partners and friends Oleksandr Valakh and Maxim Dyachik were by his side, and the war gave him many hundreds of situational brothers.
We don't intend to belittle anyone's merits. Troubled time itself determines the leader and decides to whom to give glory. We ask the friends of Vadim Diyanov to consider that everything written about him is also a story of their hardworking courage.
Events developed rapidly. The world stoutly supported Ukraine, a stream of goods needed by the front and rear poured from Europe. A spontaneous warehouse created in Poland was bursting with food and other things needed by the warring country. The Pole brothers asked for help with transport, and Diyanov decided to act at his discretion.
The situation on the border was critical. An endless line of refugee cars crept into Europe, now and then fading. Hell was also going on at the entrance to the country, trucks carrying humanitarian aid to Ukraine accumulated in columns of 20-30 cars, drivers got angry, border guards were deadly tired.
Vadim Diyanov gathered his people and prepared a road train of 8 huge TIR trucks for a breakthrough, but the plan he developed violated the simple and inexorable military legislation. The drivers mostly are young guys in their 20s, and it was an impossible task to explain to each checkpoint why healthy men of military age move abroad.
They found a way out after consulting with Polish volunteers. It was decided to reload the boxes right on the border, from the Ukrainian side. There were no specialized brigades of loaders. Having met at the appointed place, the drivers, Poles, and Ukrainians, unloaded some trucks and loaded others with their hands, forgetting about hunger and fatigue.
Only those who at least once unloaded a railway car in the cold can understand them. Add to this the long night hauls on clogged roads (three trips a day were made), and you will understand what it tastes like, a driver's feat during the war with Russia.
What seemed like a difficult but winning episode was destined to become a working transportation system, and Vadim Diyanov's business skills came in handy.
Contacts with foreign volunteers became concrete, and a travel schedule was drawn up. Trucks were repaired and refueled for new flights, warehouses were created and rented, and the delivered aid was sorted.
In the process of difficult sleepless work, strong ties with the most efficient and reliable partners arose.
The Polish transport company Gigamix, a participant in the first heroic raid, provided Diyanov and his comrades with a warehouse in Przemysl and allocated their trucks with drivers to help Ukraine. A subsidiary of carriers, Gigamix Magda, has opened a warehouse in England, the people of which are also actively collecting help for our country fighting the orcs.
A week ago, Vadim Diyanov, Oleksandr Valakh, and Maxim Dyachik, together with the owners of Gigamix, opened the Help For Ukraine charity foundation in Poland, trying to find sponsorship in the European Union.
LLC "Euroshpon-trade", headed by Sergey Muzyka, provided carriers with warehouses for sorting cargo, working personnel, and has already invested about 600 thousand of its own money (Sergey Muzyka's money, to be honest) into the common cause, which was used to buy packaging material, diesel fuel, and other necessary items.
With special feelings, Vadim Diyanov and his comrades remember Solomiya Marchuk. A young lawyer, head of the Youth Against Corruption association, she abandoned all her affairs from the first day of the war to help her native country.
Solomiya helped heroic carriers solve legal issues related to the movement of vehicles across Europe, settled issues with officials, and negotiated with the administrations of "problem" regions.
She also helped to connect young IT specialists to the development of logistics, and a crowd of volunteers from different regions of the country took on the appearance of a well-functioning network.
Diyanov's group also remembers kindly the chairman of the Lviv regional mayor's office, Kozitsky, who signed permits for trucks to travel abroad. Managerial experience taught the head of the Lviv Region to distinguish selfish attempts from the right thing, as no matter how difficult his relationship with patriotic carriers began, it turned into a common effective mission.
Relations Vadim Diyanov, Maxim Dyachik, and Alexander Valakh with Alexander M. did not work out. We know his last name, but Vadim considers settling accounts unnecessary and untimely.
Alexander did nothing criminal in the military sense. He only marked the shipments sent by friends with a sticker of the business club he works at, and on social networks, he attributed their delivery to himself and his organization.
Diyanov and his friends were indignant, as they believe it was shameful and useless to engage in self-promotion during the war. True, the Irish who delivered their aid to the people of Ukraine demanded that the name of their country be on the cargo, but this is the pride of a completely different level and nature.
Even now, knowing the history of the formation of a brave group of carriers, we don’t understand how these humble people managed to do such an impossibly huge layer of work.
We are not the only ones who are surprised by the scale of their actions.
“Should Vadim be so tough before the war,” one of Diyanov's pre-war competitors said, “He'd have long been the largest carrier in Eastern Europe and one of the world's monopolists.”
Perhaps the expert is right. We only know the team of Vadim Diyanov supplies products to the Kyiv Dream Town, took patronage over the Georgian battalion of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, of Pirogov PMSH division, the 102nd army brigade, and Sheikh Mansur battalion.
It supplies the Mariupol residents taken to Truskavets, sends filled TIRs to Zaporizhya and Kharkiv, and was the first to respond to an enemy strike on Yavorov, instantly sending 10 tons of the most necessary there.
The above is impressive, but it’s just a drop in the ocean of great and necessary deeds of selfless friends, and a complete list of the routes they have mastered and the problems they have solved would be the size of this article or more.
39 wagons of aid were delivered to the city of Kharkiv, and 68 TIR wagons were sent to the rear and front of Ukraine. More than 70 buses of 2-3 tons delivered food to various organizations and Territorial Defense units.
Since the beginning of the war, Vadim Diyanov, Maxim Dyachik, and Oleksandr Valakh have brought to Ukraine and distributed to military units, shelters, and regions two and a half thousand tons of food and necessary goods.
What they are openly proud of, is that the bulletproof vests from the batch they purchased are the best in the country and can easily withstand a bullet fired from an enemy SVG rifle.
The only thing that upsets them is that their work for the Ukrainian victory ended for a very simple reason. Friends have run out of money. For more than 40 days, they paid for the repair and refueling of several dozen trucks, rented warehouses, gave drivers money for a modest sandwich and a pack of cigarettes, and bought hot food, medicines, and military ammunition for the front.
In peacetime, a commercial component was laid in their every action, taking into account labor costs and profits, and the war doesn't accept such norms, so business accounts, personal savings, and money set aside for travel, apartment renovations, and other peacetime worries quickly became scarce.
In addition to the mentioned 600 thousand their friend and partner Serey Muzyka spent, the Ukrainians Diyanov, Valakh and Dyachik spent 1 million 700 thousand UAH on the war of the Motherland with the Russian occupier.
Vadim Diyanov’s team is not included in the state supply chain, its European fund has zero cents so far, and dozens of people calling from Europe, from the regions, and fronts are increasingly hearing apologies and a request to wait.
Of course, one can calm himself down with video thanks from units and cities (there are about 400 of them on Vadim's smartphone), but the war is going on, the Russians are regrouping forces, and the miracle team created by Vadim Diyanov, Maxim Dyachik, and Alexander Valakh, could arm, warm and feed hundreds of Ukrainians in the rear and at the front.
We are sure it will be so; the Ukrainian war has shown the world miracles of self-organization and inventive unity. If thanks to our publication, Vadim Diyanov, and his friends' patriotic project doesn't stop, we will be proud of our modest merit in this process.
You can contact Vadim Diyanov by phone
and transfer money for the heroic team to this Privatbank account.
5457 0822 2826 4151,
Diyanov Vadim Viktorovich
Glory to Ukraine!