Oleh, 60, a coal miner, sits in his room in the Public Ambulance Hospital in Kiev, Ukraine on April 5, 2014. Oleh was shot twice in the leg on February 20 and has one bullet still lodged inside his torso; he was clinically dead for two days, in a coma for three days and awoke on his 60th birthday.
"On the 30th of November, the riot police beat students fighting for European integration. Two students were killed in front of the cameras and so many were injured. Personally, I am a coal miner. I spent 15 years underground. I was traumatized so much minig that their bullets are nothing. First time I came to Maidan was December 11. I went there, it is my fault; I was grabbing the injured. But I blame Yanukovych. He ordered the riot police. They were getting their salaries from our taxes. It happened that they turned their back on people to defend this despot. It was Putin's scenario. They wanted to put this country in the same position as Russia. Whatever will come, it will not be worse than it was before. This freedom came with a really high price, a lot of people lost their lives. It doesn't matter for me, I will live my life but if you are talking about my kids and grandchildren, I don't want them to ask what trash have you left for us." -Oleh