In my time in Ukraine, I decided to meet up with a childhood friend Alex who is serving with a volunteer medical organization helping people both in cities such as Kyiv and Kharkiv as well as the frontline in the east of the Donbas. He volunteered in the Donetsk Oblast, which is where the heaviest fighting of the war took place. During the interview, I asked him about his experiences being in such an environment. As he told me how he tries to save as many people as possible. As someone who is only a couple of years older than me (20), I also asked him how he deals with the very real possibility of dying and why he wanted to take that risk, and the physiological effect that war has had on him.
Alex: The Medic from Kiev pt 1
In the first part of this interview, I asked him about his experiences treating trauma victims of Russian missile attacks in Kyiv and Kharkiv, triaging massive civilian casualties, and his experiences working in the most dangerous places of the entire war on the frontline. (He tells me about his time on the frontline around 14:20)
Alex: The Medic from Kiev pt 2
In the second part of this interview, I asked about the long-lasting psychological trauma that was inflicted on him during the war, as he is only 20. As well as why he wanted to become a medic in the first place.
Alex: The Medic from Kiev pt 3
In the third part of this interview, I asked Alex to describe some of the stories that he had heard about how civilians deal with the war.