<b>Vyacheslav, from Kharkiv</b><br>Right Sector base, Dnipropetrovsk region
I joined the struggle for Ukraine right after the first shootings on Maidan. I became member of the most fighting 14th sotnya of Self-Defense. After the victory of Maidan I came back to Kharkiv, my home city, where things were starting to get rather hot. There I joined the local self-defense unit. Do you remember the episode with a guy badly kicked by a lady next to the underground station? He was a friend of mine. In the course of that rally I also received a slight concussion. Thanks God, I had my helmet on.
First I went to the frontline as a volunteer bringing food and other supplies. I was in Slavyansk, Shchastya, and on Karachun mount. I sent my application to the army enlistment office three times. However, despite the good training I received during my military service, they wouldn’t take me because of my previous conviction I had served long ago. But then I felt ill at ease when I saw twenty-year-old girls from Aidar with machine-guns and bullet-proof jackets going to the frontline, whereas I do nothing but bring them some cookies. So, I decided to join the actual fight myself. I got enrolled in Kupol subdivision of Donbass battalion. We fought in Artyomosk, Popasna, Kurakhovo, and from there we got to Ilovaysk. They told us to clean up Krasnoarmeysk that had already been taken, but we found ourselves in sheer hell. We spent twenty-four hours circling around Ilovaysk without food or ammunition. The things were pretty bad there… to put it mildly. It looked as if somebody was working against us.
That’s why I decided to transfer to Ukrainian Volunteer Corps. Here they do value their soldiers.
The only thing I have received during my service in Donbass is a paper certificate. The fellows who were wounded received 5,000 UAH each. As you can see, it isn’t the material values that I am looking for. I just want my country to be strong and united. I want my son to live in a democratic society with normal laws. He is now 6 years and 8 months old and has started school this year. I don’t want this infection spread over the whole country. That is the reason why we go to the frontline.