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    • 23 March 2024
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    Driver, paramedic, and philosopher Avakyan: “A Ukrainian is something universal, something much more than an ethnicity”

    The statements of Suren Avakyan, known by the pseudo “Armani,” are as refined as the clothing of the famous Italian designer. The video in which he “philosophizes” about the “Ukrainian spirit of freedom” can easily be broken down into quotes. While chopping meat to prepare dinner for the medics of the Pirogov First Volunteer Mobile […]

    • 20 March 2024
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    Yaroslav Kornitsky: “At the front, you try to jump over your head to save the wounded”

    Eight months ago, Yaroslav Kornitsky, a 23-year-old paramedic at the Ternopil Center for Emergency Medical Aid and Disaster Medicine, joined the Pirogov First Volunteer Mobile Hospital. Together with other volunteer medics, he rescues wounded soldiers. “You try to do your best here [in Ternopil],” Yaroslav tells Suspilne. “And there [at the front], and there also […]

    • 19 March 2024
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    Queen of the Roads Halyna Almazova: “Half of the wounded in our battalion owe to PFVMH their saved lives”

    Halyna Almazova was preparing to participate in the Dakar Rally two years ago. The team had already been selected, and the car was ready. They planned to present the team in early March 2022. However, at that time, “Viterets” (“Wind” in Ukrainian) was already busy with other matters — saving lives, as mentioned in a […]

    • 16 March 2024
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    “Soyka”: “Everything was calm at home, and here I get into hell”

    Oksana Danylo (“Soyka,” which means “Jay” in Ukrainian), a 28-year-old nurse from Lviv Oblast, says she has dreamed of wearing a uniform for as long as she can remember. When Russia’s war against Ukraine escalated into a full-scale one, Oksana decided to mobilize immediately, but getting into the Armed Forces of Ukraine turned out to […]

    • 15 March 2024
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    On Ukrainian Volunteer Day, PFVMH receives high honors

    On Ukrainian Volunteer Day, Mar. 14, the Pirogov First Volunteer Mobile Hospital received congratulations and awards from the country’s and its Security and Defense Forces’ top brass. Greetings and awards to the mobile hospital and its volunteers were sent, particularly, by the Office of the President of Ukraine, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, the […]

    • 14 March 2024
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    “Nobody is as motivated as volunteers,” says Serhiy “Travel” Lytvynchuk

    In this must-see video, set against the backdrop of war, talking about himself is someone who usually talks about others. The one who is usually on the other side of the video camera attached to his body armor — unless his hands are captured in the frame while helping the wounded. Serhiy Lytvynchuk (“Travel”) says […]

    • 11 March 2024
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    The Guardian features PFVMH medics on frontline

    On Monday, The Guardian published a story on Ukrainian medics on the frontline, a good deal of which is dedicated to the Pirogov First Volunteer Mobile Hospital. The story’s title quotes one of the mobile hospital’s doctors: “Maybe I’m bonkers, but I have a calling.” It also includes a video shot by Serhiy Lytvynchuk, PFVMH’s […]

    • 09 March 2024
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    Anna Kolosovska: “We lack people here, and I wish there were more of us”

    Intern-anesthesiologist Anna Kolosovska has a simple but quite logical pseudo, “Kolos,” which means “Spike” in Ukrainian. In civilian life, she also works as an ambulance paramedic. The 26-year-old Kyivan describes her path to the Pirogov First Volunteer Mobile Hospital as long. After the full-scale invasion of the Moscow horde in February 2022, she wanted to […]

    • 02 March 2024
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    “To win, you need not only to destroy the enemy, but also survive” — Yan Chekmaryov

    Tactical medicine instructor Yan Chekmaryov (pseudo “Khokhol”) belongs to the generation of people who grew up during Russia’s decade-long war against Ukraine. Yan apprehended the imminence of a “big war” and the necessity to be prepared for it long before the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine. So he joined the NGO “TakMed Kharkiv,” where he […]

    • 26 February 2024
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    ZDF’s report from Ukraine features PFVMH

    The work of the Pirogov First Volunteer Mobile Hospital was a significant part of the report from Ukraine published last week by ZDF, a major German public-service television broadcaster. ZDF correspondent Katrin Eigendorf visited Kyiv and front-line locations, where she interviewed the PFVMH president, Gennady Druzenko, and volunteer medics, as well as Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian […]

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