Ukrainian TikToker Praised for Gesture to Aid Elderly Street Seller

A former deputy minister at the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs has praised the actions of a man in Lviv, who supported an elderly street seller attempting to earn extra money selling vegetables as their “pension is not enough”.

Andriy Kushnir is a TikToker who records himself supporting fellow Ukrainians on the streets on Lviv.

In a video posted on November 2, Kushnir can be seen speaking to an elderly street vendor selling vegetables. He can be seen handing her money before offering produce to passers-by.

The footage was shared by Anton Gerashchenko, a Ukrainian governmental advisor, who said many elderly Ukrainians were selling fruit and vegetables “from their gardens” in order to top up their pension to cope with price increases.

Geraschenko wrote: “Andriy Kushnir (other Ukrainians, too) buys all of their goods so they can go home. He passes what he bought to those who need it.”

Kushnir told Storyful: “I am a simple Ukrainian guy who understands the situation in our country and I try to do everything in my power to help people who need it, because by doing a small good we do a big thing.” Credit: Andriy Kushnir via Storyful