Monday, July 20, 2015

UCU Helps Ukraine: Oleh Berezovsky

The soldiers of the special forces unit of the National Guard of Ukraine stationed in Alexandria appeal for help for their commander:

"During the fighting for the liberation of Slovyansk Oleh Berezovsky’s APC was hit with a grenade. The explosion damaged the vehicle’s gun. Crew Commander Lieutenant Oleh Berezovsky started firing at the terrorists with his automatic rifle through the loopholes. Then another grenade hit his rifle. The blast seriously wounded him and he lost his fingers. 

Being seriously wounded, he continued to issue commands and manage medical aid to the wounded crew members. Due to his decisive action, rapid response to changing operational environment and self-sacrifice, the crew fulfilled the mission without losses.

Immediately after the battle, Lieutenant Berezovsky was sent to the Northern Region’s Military Medical Center located in Kharkiv where he underwent several serious operations. As a result of the wounds, he had his both wrists amputated. He has fragment injuries to his eye and other body parts, and a serious hearing damage. He underwent several operations in the Main Military Clinical Hospital in Kyiv. 

Oleh is 24 years old. He is an athlete, smart and brave officer, and a good and reliable friend. He never distinguishes himself from his subordinates, but he enjoys an indisputable authority and respect among them. His orders are always fulfilled and his advice is always listened to. In difficult operational environment, he took the quick and correct decisions – decisions of the real Man. Oleh completed the main job of a real officer and soldier – he returned his subordinates and friends back home alive.

At the time, when the complaints about life in Ukraine are abound, it is wonderful that we still have such guys as Oleg who are willing to give their life and health for their country and friends.

Government funds are not sufficient to bring Oleh back to normal life. Therefore his fellow soldiers call on all caring people to help in fundraising for the treatment of Oleh Volodymyrovych Berezovsky."

To contribute toward Oleh'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
Michael Zienchuk
Roman Mlynko

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