Tuesday, March 17, 2015

UCU Helps Ukraine: Oleksij Kondratenko

Oleksiy Kondratenko is an orphan who led a successful life as a welder in Chervonyj Lan, Zhytomyr. Just like many young Ukrainians, found his dreams and way of life destroyed by the war. He was mobilized to the ATO as an intelligence officer on August 23rd, under the 30th Mechanized Division of Novohrad Volynskyj. 

On November 4th and 5th, a mobilized group of LNR terrorists tried to force their way to Siverskyj Donets near Shchastia, and even under heavy mortar fire and artillery strikes, the Ukrainian soldiers managed to keep the enemies at bay.

On February 6th, soldiers of the 30th Division accompanied a convoy carrying people and materials for the installation of a new checkpoint near Shchastia. The convoy was attacked, and Oleksiy was hit by large shrapnel that tore apart much of his left side, piercing his belly and damaging many of his internal organs. Smaller bits lodged themselves in his head, and he has undergone several surgeries to remove it.

To stop the bleeding, his arm and leg were tied off on the battlefield until he could be transferred to a clinic in Bilovodsk. From there he travelled to Kharkiv and eventually to the Lviv Hospital where he has been since February 8th.

It is truly heartbreaking to see young and hopeful, humble and hardworking Ukrainians like Oleksiy lying maimed and wounded in hospital beds, unable to return to their lives as a result of this senseless war.

To contribute toward Oleksij's treatments and therapies, please visit your branch or contact the call centre at 1.800.461.0777 to make a donation.

Lots of photos of the injured soldiers we are helping can be found on our Facebook page in the album UCU Helps Ukraine.

Read the stories of some of our other heroes:

Questions and inquiries about this initative can be directed to the UCU Helps Ukraine committee, Kateryna Litvinjuk (klitvinjuk@ukrainiancu.com), Michael Zienchuk (mzienchuk@ukrainiancu.com), and Roman Mlynko (rmlynko@ukrainiancu.com).

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