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‘I’ve never seen so much tragedy’: meet Ukraine’s frontline ...


‘I’ve never seen so much tragedy’: meet Ukraine’s frontline medics

Large numbers of wounded soldiers from the front line stretch hospital resources to the limit

Jorge Silva and Ivan Lubysh-Kirdey

The hospital in the small Ukrainian town of Bakhmut was never intended to receive queues of ambulances bringing the wounded and traumatised from the front line of Europe’s biggest battlefield.

Nor did the volunteer paramedics expect, four months ago, to be shuttling back and forth to the front line of a brutal tank battle, within earshot of rockets and shelling.

“I haven’t seen so much human tragedy before. Absolutely unnecessary suffering,” said Elena Bulakhtina, a Russian-born Canadian medic who joined the Pirogov First Volunteer Mobile Hospital, a group of paramedics dedicated to providing medical care on the front line...

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