In the early days of the war, Ukrainian nationalism and fear of pro-Russian incursions led tens of thousands of Ukrainians to volunteer to fight for their country on the front lines in the east. Vitaly, who is affiliated to the Ukrainian government army, is one of them. Since joining the army in 2015, Vitaly believes that the conflict has not brought any changes, and bullets are still buzzing above his head every day. The fragmented artillery shell slid through the air dozens of meters above the front line, and then crashed violently on the field behind him, while he remained in the trenches on the front line.
Vitaly also told a story about his five-year-old popular database daughter in an interview with The New Humanist . “In the summer of 2015, I clearly remember that it was July 20, and I called my wife who was in the hospital preparing for labor and told her that my phone was dying and that there would be no power in the trenches, so I put I gave my wife the phone number of my supervisor so that she would still have a way to contact me after giving birth.” "
And then the next day, I saw my officer run all the way through the trenches to me and yell, 'Vitaly! Call! Your wife is calling!' I picked up the phone, put it in my ear and heard my wife say, "Vitaly, you have a daughter!" I jumped up happily after hearing the news, and threw the gun into the air and shouted across the minefield: "I have a daughter! My daughter was born!" I did it all over again Shouting again and again, even in the face of the Donetsk militants who are our enemies, I want everyone to hear and tell them how happy I am.”