The story of Alina, 23-years-old volunteer at the front line in the Donbas: #Being20

War in the Donbas

Article by: Anastasiia Kanarova / Open Media Hub

Alina is 23 years old. She is a civil volunteer who helps servicemen on the frontline. Alina volunteers for the Army S.O.S. NGO helping soldiers in the Donbas.

Before the war, Alina lived a common life, being a university student in Dnipro, traveling, having plans to study abroad. She was indifferent towards politics or social activism.

But this changed since the beginning of the Maidan protests which turned into the Revolution of Dignity [late 2013 – early 2014], and since the outbreak of the war.

I was born in a Russian-speaking city. I graduated from a Russian school. Before the Maidan [the Revolution of Dignity] I had no strong emotions towards Ukraine. Yes, it was my country, I understood that fact. But I’ve managed to change my attitude,” says Alina.

Alina joined the volunteer group to help raise money and gather provisions for the Ukrainian soldiers. And once the fighting intensified, she switched to air reconnaissance for the Army and became a paramedic as well.


*This production of the video was supported by OPEN Media Hub with funds provided by the European Union

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