Paratrooper Oleksiy Kurhan lost his foot in an anti-personnel mine explosion

By Oleksandr Handziy
4.29.2015
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

A soldier with the 95th Airborne Brigade, 29-year-old Oleksiy Kurhan from the village of Stara Chortoryya, in Lubarskyi district, Zhytomyr [region] hit a mine on March 28, 2015. From the explosion, the soldier lost his right foot. His parents are gathering 10,000 dollars for treatment and a prosthesis.

“He passed his military service in the Airborne Brigade and that’s why in August of 2014, after a month and a half of preparation he went to Donbas with the 95th [Brigade]. On that ill-fated day, Oleksiy went to his post in the morning and hit a mine. The area was habitable, but had not all been examined, and that’s why it happened,” stated Oleksiy to the Gazeta.ua correspondent.

The soldier’s amputation was done in an Artemivsk hospital. From there, Oleksiy was taken to the Mechnikov [clinical] hospital in Dnipropetrovsk. Now the doctors of the Vinnytsia military hospital are trying to preserve the rest of the soldier’s foot.

“They conducted one extensive surgery and three minor ones. They sewed it together and screwed it to the bones with spokes. Now they slowly tighten the muscles close to the bone, because everything is torn. They put in a reservoir to extract mucus, which is released there. The device continuously pumps, it creates a vacuum there. Thus, the muscle pulls. Once a week [the medical personnel] change the sponge, then go inside the wound. Every two to three hours they give [me] painkillers. All the nerve endings are all over the top there. When it begins to pinch, it is very unpleasant. I do not really walk. To the door of the [hospital] room or to the toilet, this is an ordeal. It starts with a strong pulsation, then [the leg] becomes flushed, then it starts to strongly cramp up. Depending on how the leg heals up and whether it can be saved, I will have to have a prosthesis made. I still plan to run and do not regret anything. I think, the most important is that I’m alive,”-Oleksiy states enthusiastically.

Source: Gazeta.ua

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Ukraine War Amps expands programs to include “I CARE About Fallen Hero’s Family” #FreeSavchenko

By Voices of Ukraine senior staff with Gene Berezovski
07.04.2015

Founded in July 2014, Toronto-based Ukraine War Amps is a worldwide community whose sole purpose is to assist amputees, severely injured soldiers and patriots who have been fighting for the liberty of Ukraine during Russia’s ongoing invasion and war against it. The Ukraine War Amps community is comprised of caring people who sponsor and support Ukraine’s heroes, and now also, their families.

UWA has an international team of volunteers working 24/7 all over the world to make aid available and deliver it directly to the recipient’s doorstep or bedside in any city, town or village within Ukraine in a timely manner.

In February 2015, UWA introduced its now popular Adopt a Soldier project. With the help of many, UWA provides monthly stipends of approximately $50 USD to as many Ukrainian heroes as it can. One hundred percent of the proceeds go towards Ukrainian veterans. Adopt a Soldier establishes a unique bridge between the donor and the amputee. The donor helps on a monthly basis so both parties are always connected.

Cyborg Serhiy Koval from Dnipropetrovsk volunteered to join the Ukrainian Defense Force and is one of the Cyborgs who heroically defended the well known Donetsk Airport. He was severely wounded in a battle on October 3, 2014: receiving a concussion, non-stop headaches causing sleepless nights to this day, broken ribs, injured lung (a partial lung amputation followed and breathing is very challenging for Serhiy now), and severe spinal problems. Source

Cyborg Serhiy Koval from Dnipropetrovsk volunteered to join the Ukrainian Defense Force and is one of the Cyborgs who heroically defended the well known Donetsk Airport. He was severely wounded in a battle on October 3, 2014: receiving a concussion, non-stop headaches causing sleepless nights to this day, broken ribs, injured lung (a partial lung amputation followed and breathing is very challenging for Serhiy now), and severe spinal problems. Source

Some UWA supporters have had the opportunity to meet with the heroes and their families in person, others communicate through phone, Facebook, emails, or Skype. This helps supporters to learn more about their adoptee and his or her family and gives them a better understanding of the adoptee’s needs, situation and what can be done to bring them to the level of living they deserve. It also gives hope to the Ukrainian hero and the knowledge and experience that they are not forgotten.

Andrew Sharayenko, 40 years old, from Bila Tserkva. Voluntarily mobilized in February of this year. He served in the 17th Territorial Defense Battalion "Kirovograd" in Horlivka. On April 17, during a battle he received a serious wound in his right hand and in Dzerzhinsk it was amputated. He was then transferred to Kharkiv and then to the Kyiv military hospital, where he is now. He still has to undergo rehabilitation and obtain expensive prosthetics. Source

Andrew Sharayenko, 40 years old, from Bila Tserkva. Voluntarily mobilized in February of this year. He served in the 17th Territorial Defense Battalion “Kirovograd” in Horlivka. On April 17, during a battle he received a serious wound in his right hand and in Dzerzhinsk it was amputated. He was then transferred to Kharkiv and then to the Kyiv military hospital, where he is now. He still has to undergo rehabilitation and obtain expensive prosthetics. Source

Our Adopt a Soldier beneficiary list includes: one leg amputees Maksym Vakulenko (25 year old father of a 3 year old boy), Oleksiy Kurhan (father of 2 children), Stas Stovban (19 year old); one arm amputees Vasyl Pelysh (a 20 year old, whose arm the occupants axed off because of a Trident tattoo), Serhiy Hordiychuk (father of 2 children who worked in construction), Andriy Ivanov (a newly-wed, now on honeymoon thanks to rehab money), Andriy Sharayenko (worked as an electrician); one leg and one arm amputee Slava Buynovskyy (who miraculously survived); two leg amputee, the legendary, Oleksandr Chalapchiy (who just had a new baby girl); two arm amputee Serhiy Tovstyk (father of two girls, worked as an IT Engineer); two legs and one arm amputee Vadym Dovgoruk; four limb amputee Vadym Svyrydenko (who is expecting a new baby girl in August).

UWA held a baby shower for the Svyrydenkos at the hospital recently. To date, over 20 heroes and their families are supported by the Ukraine War Amps community on a monthly basis. Some have been supported since February and March of 2015, while others joined in April, May, and June. However, much more needs to be done! If you are looking for ways to directly help a soldier – please Adopt a Soldier and join the efforts of the Ukraine War Amps community.

Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine: Natalia and her 2 kids lost their husband and dad in a crucial battle last year. In September of 2014, Vadim had been only 9 days in the army when his car was shot through and he was killed. For many months Natalia was waiting for news from him, not knowing what happened to him. At the beginning of this year, his body was identified and in March 2015 he finally made it home and was buried. Since then Natalia and the kids have been living on the pension of her mother, so far there is no support from the government in any form. UWA delivered $120 and shared some tea and cake and the family showed photos of better times with Vadim. The family is thankful for the money and say it helps them a lot! 

UWA founders Gene Berezovski and John Broadhead say that they have discovered, through personal experience, that not only the war amps and their families need help – but the fallen heroes’ families suffer as well. We need to remember those who joined the Nebesna Sotnia (Maidan’s Fallen Heroes) fighting for their country. The program I CARE about Fallen Hero’s Family is our action plan and a wakeup call, launched in June of 2015. We need your help to provide assistance to the fallen heroes’ families on a monthly basis! Our first two sponsored families were reached and visited by UWA reps and we delivered financial assistance that came from Peter Lim and Thomas B. The families are: the widow and child of Petro Kizim (he was 24 years old) who are left without any means of income, while the family of Vadym Shalatovskyy (his widow Natasha has two children) lives only on a pension that Natasha’s mom provides.

Petro Kizym's widowed wife Iryna Kruhla and 2 year old son Andriyko in their home in Cherkasy region. Petro Kizim was 24 years old on March 5, 2015 sitting in a truck with his friend and neighbour Oleksandr Behersky when a deadly strike killed Petro on the spot. Iryna and Andriyko became one of two families supported by the I CARE program in June 2015.

Petro Kizym’s widowed wife Iryna Kruhla and 2 year old son Andriyko in their home in Cherkasy region. Petro Kizim was 24 years old on March 5, 2015 sitting in a truck with his friend and neighbour Oleksandr Behersky when a deadly strike killed Petro on the spot. Iryna and Andriyko became one of two families supported by the I CARE program in June 2015.

With the Adopt a Soldier and I CARE programs on the go, the Ukraine War Amps community is getting closer to its first anniversary on July 17, 2015 – one year since John Broadhead, a Canadian of Irish descent (whose dad was a WWII amputee and veteran) and Gene Berezovski, originally from Ukraine, brought the Ukraine War Amps idea alive.

To mark the UWA one-year anniversary, UWA is pleased to announce their first Ukraine War Amps Community Meeting and Potluck Event for those members who live in the Greater Toronto Area. The event is to be held in Centennial Park, Toronto on Saturday, July 18, 2015 between 11am and 1pm. It is a great opportunity for our GTA members to meet each other as well as greet new members and share our stories. Gene will be doing a brief presentation on the heroes of the Adopt a Soldier program and the recently-started I CARE project.

Ukraine War Amps’ Adopt a Soldier, and now, I CARE, projects are proud to be sponsored by the following organizations:

Ukrainian Youth Association of Canada, Mississauga Branch; Ukrainian Women’s Association of Canada; Daughters of Ukraine, Regina, SK Branch; Ukrainian Self-Reliance Association; Ukrainian Orthodox Men’s Association of Regina

And to be supported by the following bodies:

The online blog Voices of Ukraine; Nash Holos radio station; Meest; The Ukrainian Youth Association of Canada, Ottawa Branch; Kramarczuk’s Sausage Company, Minneapolis, MN; Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Church, Hamtramck, MI; the Ukrainian Restaurant, Windsor, ON; the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. Anne, Scarborough, ON.

To help support the Adopt a Soldier and I CARE programs
please access both through this link:

https://www.youcaring.com/Adopt_a_Soldier

You may also contact us at:

ukrainewaramps@gmail.com

For more information, please visit the official UWA website

http://ukrainewaramps.ca

 

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 7.03 #FreeSavchenko

information_resistance_logo_engDmitry Tymchuk, Head of the Center for Military and Political Research, Coordinator of the Information Resistance group, Member of Parliament (People’s Front)
07.03.2015
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Operational data from Information Resistance:

In the past day there has been a marked decrease in the activity of the Russian-terrorist forces in Donbas. However, when shelling the positions of Ukrainian troops and civilian targets, insurgents are still using weapons “forbidden” in the Minsk agreements (cannon artillery, armored vehicles, 120 mm mortar).

In addition, Russian-terrorist forces’ formations are actively regrouping their forces and resources, including close to the demarcation line between [the two] sides. Also, the enemy is carrying out a reinforced reconnaissance in several areas, using a wide range of forces and means – from UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] to DRGs [sabotage and reconnaissance groups].

During the day in the area of Pisky and Doslidne, the terrorists led attacks from 120-mm mortars and 122-mm artillery.

"There's no place like home." Photo by Nolan Peterson from Pisky, Ukraine. Source

“There’s no place like home.” Photo from Pisky, Ukraine by Nolan Peterson. Source

The same weapons were used by insurgents in the coastal areas, where ATO forces and civilian objects were shelled in the vicinity of Berdyanske, Lebedynske, Pavlopil, and Hnutove. Terrorist artillery groups are carrying out fire strikes from positions located near Bezimenne and Krasnoarmiisk. In addition, a new terrorist group comprised of two batteries has been observed north of Novoazovsk (the area of HuselshchykovePatriotychne).

In the vicinity of the Butivka mine, an armored terrorist group that operates in the area (two tanks, a BTR-80, and two BMP-2) repeatedly shelled the advance positions of the Ukrainian troops. The shelling was carried out by two tanks from camouflaged firing positions; the tanks operated under cover of 82- and 120-mm mortars. The terrorists attempted to prevent ATO forces–from opening fire from anti-tank weapons–with Zu-23-2 anti-aircraft guns and by firing from ACV weapons on the flanks.

Fire attacks were recorded on the positions of ATO forces in the vicinity of Novhorodske, Leninske, and Shumy. The fire strikes were carried out from AGS-17 automatic grenade launchers, 82-mm mortars, and anti-tank missile systems (in the first line along this stretch, the terrorists have received anti-tank missile detachments).

Shyrokyne, Ukraine. HromadskeTV

Shyrokyne, Ukraine. Source: HromadskeTV

In the vicinity of Katerynivka and Zolote, hidden raids into the “neutral zone” by groups of insurgents were recorded; insurgents planned to shell the positions of Ukrainian troops from close range with large-caliber machine guns. The enemy group raids were carried out under cover of 82- and 120-mm mortars and AGS-17. These attempts were thwarted by the active directed fire of ATO forces’ units from small arms.

In the past 24 hours in the area of Sokolniki, Triokhizbenka, and Shchastya, terrorists shelled the positions of Ukrainian troops (mostly from small arms and AGS-17). Several attempts by enemy sabotage and reconnaissance groups to cross the Siversky Donets river were observed to conduct reconnaissance and acts of sabotage in the tactical rear of the ATO forces. After several armed confrontations and fire contacts, the detected insurgent sabotage and reconnaissance groups retreated to their starting line.

On the Novotoshkivka – Triokhizbenka stretch, and on the left flank (Stanytsia LuhanskaShchastya), the terrorists’ active use of UAVs to explore the positions of Ukrainian troops was recorded. It was determined that UAVs in these areas are used by a special unit of the Russian Armed Forces deployed to Luhansk from among a group of Russian troops in Abkhazia. This division that operates along several sections of the “frontline” periodically updates and corrects information about the location of Ukrainian troops.

An artillery battery of the Russian Armed Forces (at least six D-30 122-mm howitzer with transport) was observed behind Dokuchajevsk. Increased measures to disguise [the artillery] have been observed. The transfer of this artillery unit was carried out by riding across a weapon or two at a time.

In Donetsk, terrorists have staged a park of combat vehicles in the former “Coca-Cola” warehouse area (south of Spartak). Four tanks, 10 ACVs (four BMP-1 and BMP-2, three BTR-70 and BTR-80, three MT-LB, one with a ZU-23-2), 14 vehicles. During the last 24 hours, two more tanks and a BRDM-2 arrived. Some of these armored vehicles operate on the first line at the front.

The transfer of an insurgent artillery group was observed through Alchevsk and Stakhanov towards Pervomaisk. The artillery group includes 122-mm D-30 (six units) and 152-mm “MSTA-B” (four units).

At a machine-building plant in Kirovsk, there is a concentration of military equipment and weapons (six tanks, of which at least two units are not combat-ready, three 2S9 “NONA,” four BMD-2, three BMP-2, two BMP-1, six BTR-80, two BTR-70, six MT-LB, two of them with MT-12 “Rapira”). Moreover, two Russian “Tiger” ACVs (one vehicle with a “Leer-2″ electronic warfare station), five UAZ vehicles, and several civilian SUVs were observed on this “base.”

Konstantin Bernatovich, 33, on patrol at the frontline in Pisky, Ukraine. Photo by Nolan Peterson, The Daily Signal. Source

Konstantin Bernatovich, 33, on patrol at the frontline in Pisky, Ukraine. Photo by Nolan Peterson, The Daily Signal. Source

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 7.01 #FreeSavchenko

information_resistance_logo_engDmitry Tymchuk, Head of the Center for Military and Political Research, Coordinator of the Information Resistance group, Member of Parliament (People’s Front)
07.01.2015
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Operational data from Information Resistance:

Russian-terrorist troops in Donbas continue to carry out active attacks on the positions of Ukrainian troops and civilian objects, including with heavy weapons.

In the coastal areas, insurgents led active attacks over a wide area from 82-mm and 120-mm mortars; the use of 122-mm artillery was recorded from positions north and east of Bezymenne and Krasnoarmiisk during the past 24 hours. Also, terrorists at the front line in this area are actively using  AGS-17 automatic grenade launchers and Zu-23-2 in addition to small arms. Strikes on the positions of the ATO forces in the vicinity of Shyrokyne, Lebedynske, Berdyanske were observed. Strikes were also carried out on positions between Hnutove and Talakivka.

There are no civilians remaining in Shyrokyne. Source

There are no civilians remaining in Shyrokyne. Source

Terrorists fired on the positions of Ukrainian troops in the vicinity of Mari’nka, Pisky, Krasnohorivka, and the Butivka mine from AGS-17 and from several ZU-23-2 mobile units [mounted] on MT-LB and trucks. Northeast from Krasnohorivka, insurgents on two BTR-80‘s tried to reach a comfortable firing position to fire large-caliber machine guns (APC weapons). Advanced units of the ATO forces entered into an armed confrontation with the enemy and forced the enemy to withdraw to their starting line.

Ukrainian National Guardsmen complete the 1st of 5 modules during their Fearless Guardian training. Source

Ukrainian National Guardsmen complete the 1st of 5 modules during their Fearless Guardian training. Source

An intensification of Russian-terrorist forces is observed in the direction of Kostyantynivka and north of  Avdiivka. In particular, terrorists in these areas use 122-mm artillery for shellings (fire strikes were carried out on the village of Druzhba and on the ATO forces’ operations base located in this area).

Between the settlements of Leninske and Shumy, under cover of mortar fire (120-mm mortars), the enemy in two infantry groups totaling up to 50 people tried to attack the positions of Ukrainian troops. A dense retaliatory fire from the Ukrainian side forced the enemy to retreat towards the north-western outskirts of Horlivka; the terrorists experienced losses.

The activation of a Stakhanov-Pervomaisk insurgent tactical group has been observed ([the group] includes local insurgents, Russian “Cossacks” and other Russian mercenaries, as well as amnestied criminals from the Krasnodar Territory and Rostov region of Russia).

Ukrainian APC "Cougar" managed to withstand this many precise shots to its bulletproof windshield during separatist ambush. Source

Ukrainian APC “Cougar” managed to withstand this many precise shots to its bulletproof windshield during a separatist ambush. Source

Artillery units of the MLRS BM-21 Grad from this tactical group carried out fire strikes on Zolote and Vrubivka. Enemy surveillance with optoelectronic equipment was observed during attacks to monitor the results of the firing raid.

Insurgents fired from four 82-mm mortars onto the settlement of Novotoshkivka and on Checkpoint #29; the mortars were transferred from the direction of Zholobok on a GAZ-66 vehicle and several UAZ-469 off-road vehicles.

Insurgents also fired at the positions of Ukrainian troops between Dovhe and Zhovte from three 82-mm mortars and an AGS-17.

Insurgents simultaneously carried out fire attacks from several positions onto the positions of ATO forces between Krymske and Sokolniki and on the settlement of Krymske itself, using AGS-17s. Insurgents were also observed using an SPG-9 “Kopye” [Spear] recoilless gun in the area.

In the vicinity of Shchastya, insurgents fired at the positions of ATO forces from small arms and mortars (three mortars are positioned in the area of Vesela Hora). Terrorists fired at the positions of ATO forces in the vicinity of Stanytsia Luhanska from ZU-23-2 and heavy machine guns (with two spaced positions).

Russian units, with drones and electronic warfare (15 UAVs and an EW platoon), arrived in Horlivka. UAV operators and EW unit personnel are Russian servicemen without insignia accompanied by guard units staffed by servicemen of the Russian Armed Forces (about 20 people). In addition, units of the Russian Armed Forces received a guard of the local insurgents – a division of the “DNR army.”

The transfer of an insurgent armored group [consisting] of six BMP-1 and BMP-2 accompanied by three cargo trucks was observed through Kalynivka towards Donetsk.

Another terrorist armored group was deployed in the vicinity of Debaltseve. The group includes five T-72BA tanks, two T-64B tanks, a BMP-1KSH “Potok-2″ staff and command vehicle, and two BTR-80s.

In the occupied districts of Donetsk region, insurgents vigorously spread rumors among civilians about “Ukrainian gas industry saboteurs” who allegedly carry out gas attacks in the rear of the “DNR,” using certain “orange containers” that are later taken away by the OSCE representatives.

Donbas Battalion in Shyrokyne, June 2015:

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

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Reports from Mechnikov Hospital: “I want to love and not to fear”

Ryzhenko

Serhiy Ryzhenko, Chief Doctor at Mechnikov Regional Clinical Hospital in Dnipropetrovsk
06.30.2015
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

A mine orchestra plays painfully.

Denys, a major with the [Ukrainian] Armed Forces, is 34 years of age.

[He received] heavy mine-explosive wounds in the village of Vodyane.

Open head injury, closed abdominal trauma. Severe fractures of both legs.

[He] endured lengthy surgeries.

[Denis is currently facing] the risk of an ischemic left foot. [He] had a colossal blood transfusion.

Resuscitators, neurosurgeons, and trauma surgeons saved [his] life; [we are] now trying to save his leg.

The soldier says weakly: “[I] want to love and not to fear.”

Mechnikova

Mechnikov Regional Clinical Hospital

Source: Serhiy Ryzhenko FB

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