Aigars bought the van when the war began as he realized something had to be done.
“The absolutely unique van came at the moment that there was a need for assistance, bringing humanitarian aid and bringing back people who had suffered. I decided to invest all my funds in the van,” Aigars said.
“I saw the red number plates. Then I met the salesperson, and when I went to see it, I realized I was going to the Russian embassy,” Aigars recalled.
The former Russian embassy van was purchased.
“It's strange, but the man who sold it was understanding, and in the end I got it with a full tank,” Aigars added. He laughed that the van is now buying out its karma.
Ukraine's ambassador to Latvia Oleksandr Mishchenko calls Aigars' van the “Russian bus” and often asks how it is doing. “I was afraid there was some trickery at the bottom. But no, there's not!” the ambassador said.
Once again this week, Aigars and others of the association “Tev” are in Ukraine with the “Russian” van.