Authorities also accuse him over what he called petty issues, like orphanage occupancy.
But Mokhnenko says he “doesn’t need permission to do good deeds.” He defends his tough-love approach in the film, saying early intervention is the only way to keep these youth from becoming addicted to drugs or contracting AIDS.
Some of the orphans shown in the film appear as young as 10 or 11 years of age, with some already addicted to drugs, often living in sewers and abandoned buildings.
Even with 50, he said the orphanage still can’t take everyone in need — with many more homeless youth still on the streets.
A World Without Orphans Despite Mokhnenko’s founding of an orphanage, he says the ultimate goal is for such centers to disappear.
Since April 2014, the city has been controlled by pro-Russian separatists from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic.
Administratively, it has been the centre of Donetsk Oblast, while historically, it is the unofficial capital and largest city of the larger economic and cultural Donets Basin (Donbass) region.
Donetsk was founded in 1869 as a workers settlement Yuzovka around the metallurgical factory of Welshman John Hughes.
The settlement was established in lands of Yevdokim Shydlovsky who received them upon destruction of the Zaporizhian Sich in 1775.
War-torn Ukraine is not only fighting off Russian forces, Mokhnenko says it’s being destroyed from within by a relentless drug trade, opium being the main sought after choice among youth.
Along with corruption and abuse from government officials, Mokhnenko faces what he says are unlawful searches and seizures from local police at his orphanage, as he details on his website.
He now runs the largest rehabilitation program for street youth in Ukraine, according to CBN News.