He could have continued staying abroad after the war broke out but decided to fight for his country: a story of Andriy from Kharkiv
Andriy did not believe the war had started when his girlfriend called him at 5 a.m. Then his mother called to say that his hometown Okhtyrka in the Sumy region was under shellings. As of February 24, Andriy had been working in the city of Brno in the Czech Republic for four months. His girlfriend and his parents were in Ukraine.
“I was very worried, I couldn’t eat or sleep, I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t just sit in the Czech Republic. I knew that I had to be in Ukraine, to protect my family, my land, my hometown, my country,” explains Andriy.
It took him very little time to get ready and return to Ukraine: he finished his work shift, found a bus in an hour, and went to Lviv. The young man says that there were a lot of men on the bus returning to Ukraine to fight for their country.
He bought necessary military clothes and equipment in Lviv and took a train to Kharkiv. He had difficulties reaching Kharkiv, as the train was canceled due to the rocket attacks. So by chance, he occurred on the frontline in Chernihiv, north of Ukraine. “In Chernihiv, we repulsed the Uragan multiple rocket launcher and came under heavy fire. Then we returned to Kyiv. And we have been carrying out military service here since then”, says Andriy.