The story of one cyborg

The Donbas war veteran

The Donbas war veteran 

Analysis & Opinion, Volunteers

Article by: Kseniya Kirillova

Oleksandr Tymoshenko risked his life to defend Ukraine from a hybrid Russian invasion. Now Canadian volunteers are helping him get back up on his feet. 

New Region has repeatedly written about how much the Ukrainian diaspora in the USA helps their countrymen by purchasing uniforms for fighters, medical equipment for the hospitals, ambulances, homeostatic drugs and other essential items. The Canadian diaspora is no less active.

In particular, one of these groups, Ukraine War Amps, is helping Ukrainian soldiers who were injured in the war with pro-Russian terrorist units and regular units of the Russian army. UWA primarily collects funds for their treatment and cares for the wounded soldiers. Some members of the group themselves come to Ukraine and personally get in touch with their “adopted” soldiers, passing them financial assistance directly.

In particular, the Canadian volunteers shared a story of Oleksandr Tymoshenko from Cherkasy. Oleksandr worked in the construction industry and had a well-paid job , but at the beginning of the war in Donbas did not hesitate to leave his wife and two children (16 and 11 old) and went to the front.

Oleksandr fought as part of the 90th Airborne Assault Battalion, and distinguished himself in the battle for Donetsk airport in December 2014 and January 2015, showing himself as a brave warrior and a reliable friend. [The Ukrainian soldiers defending the Donetsk airport were nicknamed “cyborgs” by the Russian-backed militants for their stoic repulsion of attacks over multiple months – Ed.]

Read more: Meet Ukraine’s legend: the cyborgs defending Donetsk airport

In January 2015, he was wounded – a shard tore two fingers off his hand. After treatment, despite the injury, Alex returned to the front line.

After demobilization, Oleksandr received the group 3 disabled status, which gave the hero right to a pension which of only $100 per month. Currently, Oleksandr is engaged in social work related to the helping ATO veterans in his hometown. Canadian volunteers are doing their best to support him financially and ensure funding is available for him and other disabled veterans.

Translated by: Vadym Moroz
Edited by: Alya Shandra

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  • Hannah Montcolly

    Brave man, there has been so much problem with medical attention for Ukrainian soldier in the field, the shortage of blood clotting packs, Hest wound pads and first aid equipment, volunteer groups have been collecting these things and sending them to the soldiers at the front training them to use them and pray being, saving lives.

  • Robert

    Slava Oleksandr Tymoshenko! Slava his Wife and Children!! Glory to the Heroes!!!

    Slava the Canadian and US Diaspora, Volunteers and those from all other countries!

    The part I continually find most interesting is again this: “The Ukrainian soldiers defending the Donetsk airport were nicknamed ‘Cyborgs’ by the Russian-backed militants for their stoic repulsion of attacks over multiple months.”

    Yes, Ukraine, this is the greatest of compliments! The Russians and their proxies are definitely afraid of you! They cannot handle, imagine or remotely fathom how you Spontaneously Burst with such Bright Boldness … in the face of such overwhelming odds … continually … for so long… you have Heart… True Heart … Spontaneously Bursting with Boldness Soul Bright!

    >Passion and Hard-Working Hands Prove Bright Future True.
    >Song of Freedom, loud and clear, Guides Us All way through.

    >Ukraine’s Freedom has not yet perished, nor has Her Glory,
    >Upon us, fellow Ukrainians, Fate shall smile once more.
    >Our enemies will vanish like dew in The Sun,
    >And We too shall Rule, Brothers, in a Free Land of Our Own.

    The ONLY Russian ‘vacationer/soldiers’ who are SO ignorant in reading a map with even a small fraction of the Heart, Soul and Spirit SO abundant among Ukrainians … are those Russians who Rightly Refused to fight and kill Ukrainians… defected and now are detained facing criminal charges.

    Honestly Ukraine, simply continue BEing Who and What You Are. Your Resilience is Remarkable and absolutely unmeasured elsewhere! Unite as Cyborgs against corruption. EuroMaidan was NOT in vain!