KYIV, Ukraine — It’s shaping up to be a long day for Mykhaylo from west Ukraine’s Ternopil. And a fairly unusual one at that.
Late on December 2, the 26-year-old medical student was bussed 500 kilometers through the night to the capital, Kyiv. The trip was paid for by donations. And before dawn had even broken, he was stationed behind a table sprawling with medicine treating sick protesters as they roll in from the cold to Kyiv’s City Council, which has become an opposition stronghold.
Mykhaylo took the decision to volunteer as a doctor and signed up in Ternopil after the November 30 events when police special forces violently broke up a sleep-in protest in the early hours.
“After the bloody beating by riot police of young people, students, and girls, I just realized that as a medic I can actually help out here,” Mykhaylo said.
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