Yuliya, 18, a student from Kiev, stands where she was shot in the face in Maidan Square in Kiev, Ukraine on April 7, 2014. Yulia was shot under her left eye, surviving a gunshot wound to the head which hit her brain; the bullet was removed through her nose with a microsurgery technique that has only arrived in Ukraine in the last three years.
"I first came here when students were on strike in favor of the association agreement with the European Union. I was here the night students were beaten but I left at midnight to sleep, but when I heard they were beaten I had a new reason to protest on the Maidan. Two days later, City Hall was occupied and I worked in the kitchen and then I moved up to working with the commanders. Then when it started on Hrushevsky Street in January, I was bringing tea and cookies to the demonstrators. Then when the Ukraine House was occupied, I started working in the press center. Of course Yanukovych is responsible for this. I don't know who else is responsible, but I know Yanukovych has already been punished. I want honest authorities. Right now we can see changes of faces, but I want new faces. People are awake now but of course there is still ignorance and people who are not supporting Maidan. I want awareness." -Yuliya