Udav (Python), from Kyiv
Ukrainian Volunteer Corps, base in Dnipropetrovsk region
Before the war I was a common young man with two Masters and one Bachelor degree, who did not care much about politics. At the height of the hostilities I joined the Right Sector and went to the ATO zone. I just came to understand that nothing would be fine until the stability in the country was achieved. Business and family life – everything would collapse. It’s not worth even trying.
I have always been skeptical about public organizations and political parties, so I used to come to Maidan alone. Then I decided to join the Right Sector – it seems they are doing the right thing.
As I hadn’t had any military training, I had to learn everything in process. I try to keep inner detachment from everything happening around so that I don’t go mad. I do not lose awareness of the surrounding, but I try to stay a bit aloof, as if it were a nightmare. When I return home, everybody looks at me as if I’ve come from ordinary work, which I think is good. Too many guys have lost their minds because of the war.
My parents accepted my decision. We are all aware of the risk I am taking, but it’s no good waiting until the war comes to your doorstep. So, I went away to stop it.
On the 5th of October I got wounded in Donetsk airport. I was going with my fellow-soldiers in the first BTR (APC). Suddenly we came under fire and two my friends fell to the ground. I managed to come running to my other mates when I realized that both of my legs are shot through. I ended up with one missile and three perforating bullet wounds. However, I came back to the base right after the operation, hoping that they would find my friends, but unfortunately, it didn’t happen.
I might as well return now to Kyiv and use my legal opportunity to take a job abroad, but instead I choose to stay here. I am not striving for higher salary or rewards. What I want is a united country. The country which we inherited from our forefathers and which has suffered too much to achieve its independence. If I now give up everything and run away like a whipped puppy, I will feel ashamed till the end of my days. I don’t want my future children to think of me as a coward who left his country in the time of trouble.