Monday, March 30, 2015

UCU Helps Ukraine: Andriy Usach

Andriy Usach is a father of two girls, 8 and 11, whose love of his country was reawakened when he visited the Maidan from his hometown of Rivne.
Unable to sit idly by as his country was being invaded, he voluntarily enlisted and was deployed to Luhansk and Donetsk shortly thereafter, with the 80th airborne division of Lviv. 

One day, he did not call home - indicating that something had gone wrong. It turns out that while near the airport in Luhansk, his batallion became encircled following an artillery attack, Andriy himself sustaining quite serious injuries.

Andriy and his fellow injured soldiers were unable to break through the enemy lines for 4 days – and only then, under heavy fire, were they able to get to a rescue helicopter that took them to Kharkiv  –  from there he was promptly transported to the Lviv hospital. 
In Kharkiv, Andriy was diagnosed with what could only be described as compound blast injuries. 
Schrapnel had severed both bones in his left forearm, in addition to leaving behind hundreds of tiny shards, which has resulted in extreme and worsening damage to his soft tissues. He also has lost most of his upper left leg as a result of soft tissue damage due to schrapnel. He also has severe burns and wounds on his face and severe damage to the muscles in his face, his teeth, and lower left jaw.

The people of Ukraine gathered money for for Andriy’s treatment and prosthetics - almost 150,000 on a prepaid card, currently the safest and quickest way to get money to people in Ukraine. 
However, Andriy’s identity was stolen, and the card was compromised and drained of funds before he even received it. This was a result of too much information about Andriy being available – with the phone number tied to the card made public, and information such as birthday and address quite easy to obtain, his identity was easily compromised.

To contribute toward Andriy'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:
Anton, OleksijYevhenYurijSerhij, and Ruslan.

Questions and inquiries about this initative can be directed to the UCU Helps Ukraine committee, Kateryna Litvinjuk (, Michael Zienchuk (, and Roman Mlynko (

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