"When you are a young and handsome guy in a uniform, that is appealing. It is pleasant for girls to walk arm in arm with a guy in uniform. When you go to work (because this is a job, just like any other), you are covered in dirt. When a bullet from a Kalashnikov enters the human body it makes a hole in it. When it exits it removes a piece of flesh. What is romantic about that?"
A volunteer pushes Navy Lieutenant Olexiy Litovchenko, 29, through the territory of the Kyiv Military Hospital. Prior to the war, Olexiy received a law degree, though he worked as a high-altitude climber doing facade work on high-rise buildings. He was constructing a cottage for his family in Odesa when he was mobilized. Olexiy was severely wounded on January 29, 2015 during a grad rocket attack. His wife is home in Odesa expecting to soon give birth. Kyiv, March 23, 2015