АТО (anti-terrorist operation), which gradually changed into a merciless war, brought pain, suffering and death to Ukrainians. From the first months this «covert operation» turned to be a bloodier war than the war having lasted more than 9 years in Afghanistan. 6 and more people were killed in the east daily. Now a lot of helpless disabled war veterans come back home. They go out of mind, they lose peace and belief in life they used to have, and they lose … their limbs.
In European countries people who became disabled (in everyday life, not in the war) are dealt with in a special way. They are provided with systematic care at the country level; their adaptation and integration into society is supported in every possible way. In general a disabled person is a full-fledged member of society who feels increased attention to him/her. Unfortunately in Ukraine disability is a sentence.
A combat soldier who lost his limbs at war finds himself alone with his helplessness. In order not to become a hostage of 4 walls, dependant on relatives’ care, a person should learn again how to live and move without assistance. This can be implemented only with the help of artificial limbs. In spite of last year’s state financing of 150 mln UAH and all efforts of activists-volunteers who collect money it is not possible to provide every veteran with a prosthetic device. The reason is high price of such devices. For example, the price of an «imported arm or leg», equipped with electronics, can reach 600,000 UAH. (Among other things maintenance service must be done abroad). At the same time a domestic analog with a pneumatic or hydraulic mechanism but with restricted mobility costs 60,000-70,000 UAH.
There are 20 prosthetic enterprises in Ukraine, 12 of them provide disabled people with artificial limbs at public expense. Today Kovel and Lviv prosthetic plants announced about their readiness to serve new unscheduled customers, victims of the war. That is why volunteers began to accept both financial assistance and artificial limbs readily in order to make ATO veterans’ life easier.