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Screenwriter of the Cannes Festival selected movie lost his leg to the Russian tank but plans to finish the book he has started before the war

Screenwriter of the Cannes Festival selected movie lost his leg to the Russian tank but plans to finish the book he has started before the war

Chernihiv resident Yurii Vetkin joined Territorial Defense Forces on the first day of the war. Before that he served in the army for 22 years. He wrote lots of poetry and novels.

Once he wrote a screenplay to the short movie “Interview” that was later selected to the Cannes Festival. At that time he was also fighting in Donbas.

“In 2016, the director called me and asked: can you go (ed. — to Cannes)? I answered: I can’t, I’m with a weapon in the 95th Brigade, I won’t be allowed to go to Cannes to represent the filmmaking team,” Vetkin recalls.

On March 4, 2022 he was at the forefront of Chernihiv, his hometown. Together with comrades he was searching for a sabotage group when the tank suddenly appeared and hit them. “A tank fires very quickly. Not even a second passes. And I caught my leg under my armpit,” Vetkin says. Fully conscious, he grabbed his leg being flooded with blood. He saw people coming out of the yards, crying and screaming. He saw his comrades dead and wounded. He was loaded in a trunk because there was no space in the car and taken to the hospital.

Now he dreams of finishing the historical novel about Chernihiv he has started before the war. He also wants a good prosthesis for his leg to be able to keep running like he used to before. And as soon as cinematography starts running again, he plans to implement his own art projects.


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