Mykhailo Puryshev spoke to CNN about how he organized convoys to help evacuate 200 people from the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol.
He turned his night club into a bomb shelter and used his own van to move people outside of the city and bring food back inside.
Despite Puryshev's van being badly damaged by shelling and gunfire, it didn't stop him from continuing to conduct his rescue missions. He described witnessing people in desperation fighting to get the food and water they were passing out as the humanitarian aid was not enough for all those waiting.
"And they're all there just fighting. During one of those trips actually they nearly turned my van over, and it was just a survival. I would watch and understand this is just survival happening near our vans which came with all the humanitarian aid and it was an absolutely horrible picture," he told CNN's Erin Burnett via a translator.
"Frankly, a couple of times, I actually caught myself thinking that I do not want to come back. I do not want to see this again. And yet, I still kept coming back because I understood there wouldn't be anyone else to do this," he continued.
Puryshev said that as the bombs were coming and he was close to death, he feared not seeing his children again, but also kept thinking about the people that still needed his help and more trips that he needed to make.
"It is painful that this is the 21st century, that this is happening in our country. This is happening in my city. This is pain. This is pain of our country," he told CNN.
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