A volunteer medical battalion in Ukraine provides first aid and evacuates civilians and wounded soldiers from the front lines.
“There are so many people injured, both physically and mentally. We simply didn’t get a chance to stop,” said Yana Zinkevych, 27, founder of the Ukrainian volunteer medical battalion Hospitalllers.
Yana taught herself tactical first aid after dropping out of medical school and joining the Volunteer Soldier Unit in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine. It was then, while fighting the Russian army in 2014, that she realized her mission was to help her wounded comrades.
Today, her battalion consists of hundreds of men and women who provide first aid to wounded soldiers and civilians on the Ukrainian front. Yana runs combat first aid courses, trains volunteers in the use of firearms, and organizes transportation to the front lines.
“I organize things, share my experiences, I’m good at it, but that’s not what I want to do,” the commander of the hospital’s medical battalion said of how she was no longer able to go to the front lines because she was in a wheelchair, Paralyzed from the waist down.
As the war in Ukraine intensifies, our film follows an unstoppable woman and her medical team working tirelessly to protect the wounded from the horrors of war.
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Producers: Francesca Tossarelli, Tierney Bonini
Editors: Catherine Hallinan, Sylvia Biaggioni
Assistant Producer: Fiametta Pisani
Translators: Yurii Chernata, Ivanna Sysak, Anna Shtepura, Myroslava Tararuieva
EP: Tierney Bonini
Special thanks to: Yana Zinkevych, Nemo, Hospitallers Medical Battalion and Andreja Kozuly