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At war abroad, but Ukrainians, Russians find peace in Tamilnadu,India home (

Even as their motherlands are caught in a deadly war, six Ukrainians and 16 Russians have found a common abode of peace in Tiruvannamalai.

A resident of the temple town in Tamil Nadu, with help from his friends, has been providing the stranded tourists – 18 of them women – free food and shelter for the past eight days.

“We decided to help them as they are stuck here due to the war and financial constraints. It doesn’t cost us much. I provide the place and take care of the electricity bill. My friends are providing dry rations and other supplies,” said V S Sathyan Gopalan, who is housing the tourists at his guest house. Gopalan said he decided to help after seeing two Ukrainian tourists crying near the Arunachaleshwarar Temple in Tiruvannamalai.

Four tourists, three from Hrishikesh and one from Bengaluru, came to Gopalan’s place after his FB post. Currently, 11 out of 14 rooms in his guest house are occupied and Gopalan said he could accommodate more. My friends are also ready to welcome more tourists into their homes, he said.

“We are also trying to help Russian and Ukrainian tourists all over the country by finding food and accommodation near their respective locations. We have asked the tourists here to open a WhatsApp group and reach out to fellow tourists staying across India,” he said.

What a fine Gesture!

The love and bonding between the Ukrainians and Russians tourists have surprised the locals. Proves that humanity is at work even in dire circumstances


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