RUSSIA INVADES UKRAINE

Utah man helping in Ukraine describes devastation in Bucha area

Apr 14, 2022, 5:11 PM | Updated: Jun 20, 2022, 1:23 pm

SALT LAKE CITY – A US Marine veteran from Kaysville toured Bucha Wednesday, the site of widely-reported atrocities committed against Ukrainian civilians.

He’s been delivering humanitarian aid and helping refugees escape the war for more than a month.

Quan Nguyen and other humanitarian volunteers have delivered critical supplies and comfort to Ukrainians.

In a video interview from a town near Bucha, the combat veteran said the destruction is overwhelming.  Yet, the Ukrainians are rebuilding.

“This has been the most destruction that I have seen,” Nguyen said.

That and the senseless killing of so many Ukrainians weighed heavily on Quan Nguyen’s mind as he toured Bucha with other volunteers.

“Today has been a tougher day just because you know that the areas that you drove through the bodies were there,” he said.

The streets were strewn with civilian vehicles riddled with bullets.  He shared pictures of those cars and bombed out buildings and schools.

“Here was a family just trying to escape during one of the times where they said people can evacuate, and they get shot at,” he said.

There are also disabled and charred tanks left by retreating Russian troops.

“The infrastructure was pretty much torn up by the Russian troops. So, I figured I at least have these drinking straws,” he said.

Nguyen handed out water purification pens donated by friends in Utah.

“What better place than Bucha where they have no electricity, no running water,” the veteran said.

At the same time, the Ukrainians were trying to determine what atrocities were committed.  He said war crimes investigators and prosecutors are interviewing people and taking pictures in the city.

“That’s what stood out for me: just how many teams were out there investigating, and how important it is to the Ukrainian people that these war crimes are investigated, documented,” Nguyen said.

He and several friends are still helping families flee areas under attack.

He’s also meeting with a group of regional leaders to find out how they can help the most.

“You see just shock, horror and just hoping that those perpetrators are eventually held responsible by the international criminal court,” he said.

Their organization is named TF824.org. It stands for Task Force 824. August 24 is the Ukrainian Independence Day.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Russia invades Ukraine

US President Joe Biden, speaks with Jens Stoltenberg (unseen) NATO Secretaty General at the NATO le...
DARLENE SUPERVILLE and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press

US to boost military presence in Europe for Russia threat

President Joe Biden says the U.S. is enhancing its military presence in Europe for the long haul to bolster regional security after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
1 day ago
(Ukraine State Services/Twitter)...
YURAS KARMANAU and FRANCESCA EBEL, Associated Press

Ukrainian officials say at least 2 dead as missile hits mall

Ukrainian officials say scores of civilians are feared killed or injured after a Russian rocket strike hit a crowded shopping mall in the central city of Kremenchuk.
3 days ago
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg holds the closing press conference at NATO headquarters dur...
SAMUEL PETREQUIN, Associated Press

NATO to boost rapid reaction force, Ukraine military support

NATO chief says alliance aims to boost rapid reaction force numbers from the current 40,000 to over 300,000.
3 days ago
A destroyed home in Ukraine...
Kiersten Nunez

Local nonprofit aims to fix lost homes in Ukraine

The nonprofit August Mission hopes to raise enough money to rehouse Ukrainians who lost their homes during the conflict against Russia.
4 days ago
The eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk is now "completely under Russian occupation," according...
Tim Lister, Oleksandra Ochman, Olga Voitovych and Jeevan Ravindran, CNN

Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk now ‘completely under Russian occupation’ after months of fighting

The eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk is "completely under Russian occupation," the city's head of military administration said Saturday, following months of grueling and bloody fighting.
5 days ago
In 1991, when actor Mila Kunis moved to the United States, her family left their home in what was t...
Gabriel Kinder, CNN

Mila Kunis responds to the war in Ukraine by raising millions of dollars to aid those who are suffering

In early March, Mila Kunis and her husband, Ashton Kutcher, launched Stand With Ukraine, with the goal of raising $30 million. To date, the campaign has raised more than $36 million, and more than 75,000 people have donated.
6 days ago

Sponsored Articles

hand holding 3d rendering mobile connect with security camera for security solutions...
Les Olson

Wondering what security solutions are right for you? Find out more about how to protect your surroundings

Physical security helps everyone. Keep your employees, clients, and customers safe with security solutions that protect your workplace.
Many rattan pendant lights, hay hang from the ceiling.Traditional and simple lighting....
Lighting Design

The Best Ways to Style Rattan Pendant Lighting in Your Home

Rattan pendant lights create a rustic and breezy feel, and are an easy way to incorporate this hot trend into your home decor.
Earth day 2022...
1-800-GOT-JUNK?

How Are You Celebrating Earth Day 2022? | 4 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day and Protect the Environment

Earth Day is a great time to reflect on how we can be more environmentally conscious. Here are some tips for celebrating Earth Day.
Get Money Online...

More Ways to Get Money Online Right Now in Your Spare Time

Here are 4 easy ways that you can get more money online if you have some free time and want to make a little extra on the side.
Lighting trends 2022...

Lighting Trends 2022 | 5 Beautiful Home Lighting Trends You Can Expect to See this Year and Beyond

This is where you can see the latest lighting trends for 2022 straight from the Lightovation Show at the Dallas World Trade Center.
What Can't You Throw Away in the Trash...

What Can’t You Throw Away in the Trash? | 5 Things You Shouldn’t Throw in to Your Trash Can

What can't you throw away in the trash? Believe it or not, there are actually many items that shouldn't be thrown straight into the trash.
Utah man helping in Ukraine describes devastation in Bucha area