This war is making heroes out of many people.

A lot of them who, prior to 24 February, were just ordinary folk going about their normal lives.

Now they are risking everything to help their fellow citizens.

The sense of comradery here is immense and people will seemingly go to any lengths to play their part.

Since this war began, Natalia Shvahuliak has spent most of her days volunteering at an enormous aid depot on the outskirts of Lviv.

In the initial period, she even slept at the 9,000 square metre warehouse, such was the demand.

However, in recent weeks she has been able to return home after the last truck leaves, often in the early hours of the morning.

Prior to 24 February, Ms Shvahuliak was head of the Finance and Budget committee at Lviv City Council.

Now she puts her skills to good use, overseeing this mammoth effort to get humanitarian aid to the parts of the country which need it most.

Not only does the Volunteering and Defense Center have access to the national database of the Ministry of Health, but it also take direct requests for aid from organisations working on the ground.

The aid comes from across Europe to two warehouses in Poland. From there it is transported to Lviv and then processed before being moved out to smaller hubs around the country, which are closer to the areas where it is needed most.

Over 200 volunteers work here. Many are from the local area, but a lot have also been internally displaced by the fighting and are using Lviv as a temporary base.

When we visit, it's a hive of activity. Forklift trucks scuttle about the place shifting pallets from the warehouse floor and loading them onto trucks, which deliver them to the hubs.

Scores of people are sorting through the supplies, inspecting and folding clothes, packing first-aid kits and carrying boxes.

Ms Shvahuliak tells me that that riskiest part of this operation is when the aid is driven into the areas under occupation.

She says that these drivers are sometimes killed or injured when they are stopped at checkpoints, recounting the example of a local man who was badly beaten because occupying troops thought that the trauma kits he was transporting, were for wounded Ukrainian soldiers.

She says that the teams in the warehouse have to be more careful, not packing trauma supplies in every kit.

There have also been cases where the supplies have been stolen or confiscated by the invading soldiers but in those instances, there is nothing the drivers can do.

Ms Shvahuliak says there is no shortage of people willing to take their chances with the soldiers.

Explaining that often they are locals and realise the urgent need in their communities, willing to do anything to get it to the people.

The most precious type of aid coming into the warehouse right now are medical supplies.

Scores of doctors, dentists and pharmacists are part of the volunteer army, sorting through the aid and ensuring that it is allocated correctly.

When the team here gets requests for specific items and supplies, they will pass it onto their donors who are usually able to source it.

While all aid is accepted here (at the beginning of the war they received over 20 trucks full of Covid PPE, including 10 million facemasks) and they're now grateful that the aid they are receiving is more relevent to the needs of the recipients.

Dmytro Symovonyk, who is a past president of the International Rotary Club in Lviv (the Rotary Club is a huge donor) says that one good thing is that the aid they are getting is more in accordance to the distinct needs of people here however he has noticed an overall decline in the donations coming to them.

"We are feeling a little bit, Ukraine fatigue," he said.

"I think Ukraine is coming down a bit in the headlines but the situation is unfortunately not improving".