Volodymyr, From Lviv
Aidar battalion, Polovinkino, Luhansk region.
I came here from Maidan, been there since 8th of December. Went home few times for couple days but for the most part lived there during all the events. Was there for a while, first was waiting for Presidential elections, then for Parliament elections but then when I understood that nothing is gonna change there I decided to join Aidar. This battalion was appealing to me because most of the people who serve here came from Maidan, about eighty percent of soldiers.
I had no military experience. Prior to this, never served in the regular army. First we got here to Polovinkino; trained, shooting targets, all that and after then went on operations. So far I’ve taken part in 3 operations.
The most frightening thing is to see the dead comrades - that’s very hard. You see just burned ashes sometimes that were left from a person, can’t even recognize them…
Poetry helps me here. I started writing when I was 17, about love. Then only got back to it when I was at Maidan and I keep it going with here.