“Ukraine’s other war: The fight to heal soldiers’ bodies and minds” [MACLEAN’S]

Source: http://www.macleans.ca/

Inside a military hospital in Kyiv,
Canadian-backed doctors are fighting to save battle-scarred soldiers

Christian Borys
June 22, 2015

Sergey, a 23-year-old Ukrainian soldier, is resting in a drab, grey, Soviet-era military hospital on the outskirts of Kyiv. Asked about his recent combat experience, he says, “I just wish that nobody would ever have to see war.” Sergey (who asked that his last name not be used for privacy reasons) suffered massive head trauma during a fight that occurred just outside the enemy stronghold of Luhansk.

The fighting took place after the signing in February of the Minsk II ceasefire, which is still in place, in theory, but completely dead in practice. Politicians cling to the hope that the ceasefire will still somehow work out, but soldiers in eastern Ukraine laugh when the subject is brought up. The fighting has continued daily in recent months.

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