Wounded Ukrainian Soldiers Face New Battle

After fighting in the dispute between Ukraine and Russia, Ukrainian soldier Serhiy Hordiychuk has to pray that enough people donate money to be able to pay for various soldier’s prosthesis including his own.

On Monday, August 4th, 2014, Hordiychuk and his comrades were with their unit near the town of Marynivka, a mere 2.5 miles away from the Russian border as they came under heavy shelling from Grad rockets. Hordiychuk was severely wounded and lost his left arm.

Hordiychuk is now back home with his family still awaiting either governmental help or funds from a charity specialized on collecting capital for soldiers in need of a prosthesis.

Hordiychuk’s prosthetic arm would be the latest of their kind with a cost of $28,000 just for the limb and the Ukrainian government covering only 16% of the cost. This wouldn’t be such a hard hitting topic if the average monthly income for a builder was more than $200. There hasn’t been a case yet where the government has funded and up-to-date prosthesis for a veteran soldier even after all the hoops they have to jump to receive free or reduced medical care.

To receive money from the state all soldiers have to go through what is popularly called ‘all the circles of bureaucratic hell’ and present various amounts of documents proving their need for assistance and their part in the battle against pro-Russian separatists. Amongst this required paperwork are documents proving he was a soldier, proving he was wounded, proving he requires a particular kind of prosthesis and a recollection of excerpts of relevant military orders.

Hordiychuk in particular is reluctant to talk about and possibly relive the days of battle through his words and has no certainty in the government’s promise to help him even after he submits his individual application.

He explains, “Honestly I never relied too much on the government. I just take it as it comes.”

For the full story please visit: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29307510

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