Sasha, from Kherson
Aidar battalion, Polovinkino, Luhansk region
I am a common guy and there wasn’t anything special behind my decision to go to war. I am just doing my duty as a man – protecting my motherland. I don’t want our country taken from us, as it happened in the Crimea.
I chose Aidar because it is the only volunteer battalion that is subject solely to the army authorities, rather than the police. This factor attracted me most.
By the way, I hadn’t done military service before, so I had to learn everything here on location. I should admit that I felt a bit scared at first, but then I got used to everything.
I’ve spent the last two weeks at the power station in Shchastya. I can’t say it is extremely scary there… Just very nervous. You have to be constantly on your guard, which wears you down. But apart from that, everything is fine.
The most dreadful thing is to find yourself in a situation where they are shooting at you and you are helpless. You just see one fellow soldier shot dead, followed by a second, and then a third… That was the case in Novosvetlovka, where we were shelled by artillery. And in many other places as well.
At first my family was ignorant about my whereabouts. I told them that I was going away to work. Now they know everything, of course. They shouted at me, demanded that I come back home. It was no good, though. I am not going to leave this place. Anyway, I will take my 10-day leave to go home and have a good sleep, only to come back here again.