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Very few people paid attention to Ukraine during the past 15 years that I have been documenting the country, even though there were warning signs of instability and routinely transparent anti-Ukrainian rhetoric coming from Moscow. Today, the international community takes notice at times, but even then, geopolitics and squabbling between E.U. leaders on how to react to Russian aggression is given prominence in the media. Ukrainian families, who are most affected by acts of war and terrorism, are not even on the radar.

“I went to the Maidan on February 1st. I could not sit and watch the disorder [from afar] -- the beating of children, students as well as their parents at the hands of the Berkut [riot police]. I could not wait and watch…. My heart was being torn apart by what was happening in the State.” Volodymyr Honcharovsky is prepared for an X-ray at a hospital in Truskavetz, where he is undergoing physical therapy. Truskavetz, Ukraine, September 6, 2014 Volodymyr Hanchorovsky, 31, married with 4 children, was severely wounded on February 20, 2014 when he was shot three times, twice in the back and once in the right arm, while attempting to reach wounded demonstrators who had been shot by security forces in central Kyiv during the Euro Maidan Revolution. Volodymyr underwent multiple operations in Ukraine and Germany but has significant and persistent issues, including extreme pain throughout his body due to nerve damage. This often inhibits him from receiving physical therapy.

“I went to the Maidan on February 1st. I could not sit and watch the disorder [from afar] — the beating of children, students as well as their parents at the hands of the Berkut [riot police]. I could not wait and watch…. My heart was being torn apart by what was happening in the State.”Volodymyr Honcharovsky is prepared for an X-ray at a hospital in Truskavetz, where he is undergoing physical therapy. Truskavetz, Ukraine, September 6, 2014.

Volodymyr Hanchorovsky, 31, married with 4 children, was severely wounded on February 20, 2014 when he was shot three times, twice in the back and once in the right arm, while attempting to reach wounded demonstrators who had been shot by security forces in central Kyiv during the Euro Maidan Revolution. Volodymyr underwent multiple operations in Ukraine and Germany but has significant and persistent issues, including extreme pain throughout his body due to nerve damage. This often inhibits him from receiving physical therapy.

Volodymyr Honcharovsky and his wife Oksana kiss in their home in Teofipol, in western Ukraine. “Life for us is very difficult at the moment. We hoped that he would slowly begin to walk again, but as you see, there have been no changes,” said Oksana. Teofipol, Ukraine, November 17, 2014 Mr. Honcharovsky was severely wounded on February 20, 2014 when he was shot three times, twice in the back and once in the right arm, while attempting to reach wounded demonstrators who had been shot by security forces during the Euromaidan Revolution. Mr. Honcharovsky underwent multiple operations in Ukraine and Germany but has significant and persistent issues, including extreme pain throughout his body due to nerve damage. Teofipol, Ukraine, November 17, 2014

Volodymyr Honcharovsky and his wife Oksana kiss in their home in Teofipol, in western Ukraine. “Life for us is very difficult at the moment. We hoped that he would slowly begin to walk again, but as you see, there have been no changes,” said Oksana. Teofipol, Ukraine, November 17, 2014Mr. Honcharovsky was severely wounded on February 20, 2014 when he was shot three times, twice in the back and once in the right arm, while attempting to reach wounded demonstrators who had been shot by security forces during the Euromaidan Revolution. Mr. Honcharovsky underwent multiple operations in Ukraine and Germany but has significant and persistent issues, including extreme pain throughout his body due to nerve damage. Teofipol, Ukraine, November 17, 2014.

Roman Kubishkin, a 41 year-old construction worker, joined the volunteer battalion Right Sector and was based in Pisky, a village near the remains of the Donetsk International Airport. Shells fired by separatist forces on January 22, 2015 nearly killed him; in fact, his fellow soldiers thought he was dead due to a severe head trauma in which Roman lost much of the right side of his brain. Here he is fastened and raised into a vertical position to rehabilitate his feeling of space and balance. This helps stimulate his brain to begin communicating with his body. Roman breathes through a tube in his neck and he is fed through another tube that carries food directly into his stomach. “16 clinics refused to take Roman because he was in such difficult condition. Nodus was the only one,” said his mother Iryna. Roman is cared for at Nodus, a modern neurological and neurosurgical rehabilitation center located in Brovary, outside of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. His monthly care costs approximately 70-80,000 UAH, approximately $3,000 - $3,300, which is largely funded by donations and volunteers. Brovary, Ukraine, July 28, 2015

Roman Kubishkin, a 41 year-old construction worker, joined the volunteer battalion Right Sector and was based in Pisky, a village near the remains of the Donetsk International Airport. Shells fired by separatist forces on January 22, 2015 nearly killed him; in fact, his fellow soldiers thought he was dead due to a severe head trauma in which Roman lost much of the right side of his brain.

Here he is fastened and raised into a vertical position to rehabilitate his feeling of space and balance. This helps stimulate his brain to begin communicating with his body. Roman breathes through a tube in his neck and he is fed through another tube that carries food directly into his stomach.

“16 clinics refused to take Roman because he was in such difficult condition. Nodus was the only one,” said his mother Iryna. Roman is cared for at Nodus, a modern neurological and neurosurgical rehabilitation center located in Brovary, outside of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. His monthly care costs approximately 70-80,000 UAH, approximately $3,000 – $3,300, which is largely funded by donations and volunteers. Brovary, Ukraine, July 28, 2015.

Viacheslav Buinovsky, 41, whose right hand and right leg were amputated, walks toward a close friend as he takes some of his first steps using a prosthetic leg at Ortotech Service, a prosthetics workshop in Kyiv’s Podil district. Viacheslav worked as a mechanic in Sumy Oblast prior to the Euromaidan Revolution, in which he took an active role. He volunteered for the Aidar Battalion after the Maidan and was severely wounded near Luhansk in September 2014. Kyiv, Ukraine, February 10, 2015

Viacheslav Buinovsky, 41, whose right hand and right leg were amputated, walks toward a close friend as he takes some of his first steps using a prosthetic leg at Ortotech Service, a prosthetics workshop in Kyiv’s Podil district. Viacheslav worked as a mechanic in Sumy Oblast prior to the Euromaidan Revolution, in which he took an active role. He volunteered for the Aidar Battalion after the Maidan and was severely wounded near Luhansk in September 2014. Kyiv, Ukraine, February 10, 2015.

Masha, 6 years old, was infected with HIV through mother to child transmission at birth. Odesa, Ukraine, 2007

Masha, 6 years old, was infected with HIV through mother to child transmission at birth. Odesa, Ukraine, 2007.

A man who gave his name as Grandfather Yuri, 69, brandishes a sword on Independence Square during street clashes between riot police and pro-EU and anti-government demonstrators in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. Dozens were killed and hundreds were injured in clashes the previous day in the city center. February 19, 2014

A man who gave his name as Grandfather Yuri, 69, brandishes a sword on Independence Square during street clashes between riot police and pro-EU and anti-government demonstrators in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. Dozens were killed and hundreds were injured in clashes the previous day in the city center. February 19, 2014.

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