Vadym Dovhoryk, a Ukrainian Special Forces combat veteran from Kirovohrad, celebrates his 24th birthday with friends and volunteers in a park near the Kyiv City Burn center where he is undergoing treatment. Vadym was severely wounded on the second day of the cease-fire commonly referred to a Minsk II.
Vadym was near Debaltsevo when his unit was shelled on the second day of the armistice. He was wounded in the attack and also suffered severe frostbite after spending three days in a forest before being detained by pro-Russian separatist forces. He is a triple amputee. "We were ambushed... I was informed yesterday about all the guys. Two others and I went missing. One of them was buried yesterday. Another is in a morgue in Dnipropetrovsk, but his parents have not yet recovered his remains. They recognized him but are still waiting for the DNA test results. He was our commander." Kyiv, Ukraine, June 21, 2015